MMA’s Best Fighter: Don Frye
At this week's MMA's Best Fighters, Fighting Insider brings you one of the original "cross trained" fighter in the sport -- Don Frye.
Born on November 23, 1965, Don Frye rose to fame after fighting in early UFC events like UFC 8 and Ultimate Ultimate 96. Together with Marco Ruas, he was considered as one of the original “cross trained” MMA fighter, who had a background in various disciplines.
Don Frye started his UFC career in 1995, wherein he trained his old friend – Dan Severn – for the Ultimate Ultimate 1995. A year after that, Dan Severn acted as his manager for UFC 8. Don Frye fought three times in one night at UFC 8, dispatching all of his opponents in under a minute’s total. Then he returned to UFC 9, where he became an instant favorite. He won over Amaury Bitetti via TKO, followed by a back-to-back win over Mark Hall and Brian Johnston at UFC 10. However, Don Frye got his first loss from Mark Coleman via TKO afterwards.
Then a month later, Don Frye entered UFC’s Ultimate Ultimate 96, where he won over Gary Goodridge and Mark Hall via submission. In the tournament’s finals, he gained victory against Tank Abbott via Rear Naked Choke and acquired the Ultimate Ultimate 96 Championship title. Following his victory, Don Frye retired from UFC.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC 8 Tournament Winner
UFC Ultimate Ultimate 1996 Tournament Winner
UFC 10 Tournament Runner-Up
UFC Viewer’s Choice Award
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Fight of the Year (2002)- vs. Yoshihiro Takayama on June 23
New Japan Pro Wrestling
G1 World Climax Tournament Winner (2001)
Antonio Inoki Final Opponent Tournament Winner (1998)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
PWI ranked him #175 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the year in the PWI 500 in 1999
PWI ranked him #247 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the “PWI Years” in 2003