Another long break here at the blog, but this time it was intentional. UFC 133 was for many the chance to see if Jon Jones could be the dominant force that walked through Mauricio “Shogun” Rua against Quentin “Rampage” Jackson . Me? I only wanted to see one fighter – my favorite UFC star of all time – Matt Hughes. Unfortunately I had to see Hughes wind up on the losing side of a TKO victory by one of my least favorite athletes Josh Koscheck.
With that loss in my memory, I wanted to wait to write my next post. I didn’t want to write an obituary for Hughes and I certainly didn’t want to claim he got robbed, because he lost straight up. I was sad to see Hughes lose this fight, but was more upset that he lost to Koscheck. Hughes has talked about the potential of hanging up his gloves since his third fight with George St. Pierre. As such, if he needed to go out on a loss I would have preferred to be another former champion like B.J. Penn.
But I’ll stop here before I get too negative. This weekend I found my inspiration to write this with the purchase of the UFC’s “Ultimate Matt Hughes” DVD. This is a great pick up, whether you’re a fan of Matt’s or not. It is a very in depth look at the career or Hughes, how he (and the UFC) evolved over the years and includes interviews from previous nemeses like Penn, St Pierre and Frank Trigg. For those that think negatively of Hughes those interviews alone my sway you to take another look. All three paid homage to Hughes, and Penn noted that Hughes “made” both he and GSP.
For new fans, or those that have lived under a rock – here is a snapshot of Hughes’ accomplishments:
- 45 Pro MMA wins; 18 UFC wins (most of all time)
- 2x Welterweight champion (9 championship fights – 7 defenses, 5 consecutive defenses)
- 2x TUF coach, twice had his fighter win the finals
- 6 wins against former UFC champs including GSP, BJ Penn, Matt Serra, Dave Menne, Sean Sherk and Carlos Newton.
- Current UFC Hall of Famer
As I close this brief post, I won’t call for retirement and I won’t plea for one more round. Instead I simply say “Thank you.” Thank you for being an ambassador for MMA, for being one of the men responsible for building the UFC brand, and most importantly – thank you for giving the fans your all each time the cage door closed behind you.