Hughes, St Pierre, Sanchez

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nubby
3/28/07 1:46:10PM
Now that Hughes and St Pierre are at 1 and 1 we know there is going to be a third match up to decide who is the best. However I am pretty sure that St. Pierre is going to take the third fight and win, what is everyone's take on a match up between Sanchez and Hughes? I am only fairly impressed with Sanchez and am not quite convinced yet that he is the real deal. What do you think?
THE_AXE_MURDERER
3/28/07 2:21:17PM
i agree Pierre is going to beat Hughes.I do think Hughes is on the downside of his career if he fights Sanchez I see Sanchez winning.
Fumar-Fortiuse
3/28/07 2:28:55PM
Sanchez and Hughes is a tough fight to call. Both men are ground guys so who would have the advantage there. Hughes is stronger and more experinced but Sanchez's undefeated streak with over 16 wins has to count for something. A win over Hughes would surly prove to everyone that Sanchez is for real that is why I am going to give him this fight. I think he would be more hungry to beat Hughes and that wins him this fight.
randyleprechaun
3/28/07 2:42:59PM

Posted by THE_AXE_MURDERER

i agree Pierre is going to beat Hughes.I do think Hughes is on the downside of his career if he fights Sanchez I see Sanchez winning.



I still think he'd make Sanchez his bitch! But that match-up wont be in the UFCs interest.

Why have the undefeated popular #1 contender risk his reputation (and title shot) against a former Champion who has nothing to gain from the fight but bragging rights.

If Hughes loses to GSP i can see him moving up to middleweight or retireing to spend more time with his young family!
Gladiator
3/28/07 3:14:14PM

Posted by randyleprechaun


Posted by THE_AXE_MURDERER

i agree Pierre is going to beat Hughes.I do think Hughes is on the downside of his career if he fights Sanchez I see Sanchez winning.



I still think he'd make Sanchez his bitch! But that match-up wont be in the UFCs interest.

Why have the undefeated popular #1 contender risk his reputation (and title shot) against a former Champion who has nothing to gain from the fight but bragging rights.

If Hughes loses to GSP i can see him moving up to middleweight or retireing to spend more time with his young family!



good post, i dont think the ufc will risk diego's meteoric rise no matter how ready he thinks he is for hughes. i think both matt hughes and GSP would lay beatdown on diego that would break him mentally.
skiba97
3/28/07 3:21:07PM


Id say hughes gets a second round tko with gnp. I think matt will take him down and over power him on the ground, i cant really see how diego would take this one unless matt thinks jesus is going to win the fight or whatever for him again.
mkiv9secsupra
3/28/07 3:23:01PM
hughes would take this one...tough fight but hughes has lots of experience and a lot better wrestling. sanchez wont be able to do to much on his back...Hughes by Unanimous Decision.
pv3Hpv3p
3/28/07 3:42:25PM
Hughes is just too strong for Diego... As long as he can press Sanchez and execute his gameplan, IMO he would take this match via TKO rd 2 or 3...

But it wouldn't be easy by any means...
KEENAN9
3/28/07 3:57:35PM
In my opinion, the Hughes/GSP 3 could go either way, but probably to GSP. But Hughes would destroy Diego.
waylon_o
3/28/07 4:19:15PM
I have to take Sanchez. He's younger, more athletic...undefeated, hungry...the list goes on.
cowcatcher
3/28/07 4:21:01PM
i like hughes in this fight but i dont see it happening unless matt gets the belt back from gsp, seems to me like they want to have the undefeated kid against the belt holder and wouldnt risk a loss for diego before that
nubby
3/28/07 4:28:40PM
I don't think Dana is known for protecting fighters.
hippysmacker
3/28/07 4:35:08PM
AS for protecting Sanchez, I disagree. Koshcheck is no slouch, and good wrestlers can always pull out a win if they are willing to LnP, and have good sub defense. I still think Diego beats KOS though. If he does, I think he will fight GSP after Hughes. On the beatdown radio I heard Josh Gross say Diego's camp wants him to compete in the Pride LWGP. If so, that would take a while. Possibly just enough time for The winner of GSP/Hughes 3 to be ready for a title defense.
Fumar-Fortiuse
3/28/07 5:00:17PM
I understand how you guys can doubt Sanchez but I honestly think he could steal this one from Hughes. Alot of people are saying that Hughes is too strong but B.J. Penn was able to get Hughes in trouble and he is no where near as strong as Matt. I know Hughes won the fight but lets be honest Penn's conditioning is his weakness. This wouldn't be a weakness for Sanchez and he go on the ground just as good as anybody. If Hughes wins this fight he will have to do it standing up, which won't be an easy task. Sanchez's stand up is improving and we saw that when he KOed Joe Riggs, not to mention the training he's been doing with Oscar Delahoya. I'm still going with Sanchez because I think it's his destiny to be great.
mkiv9secsupra
3/28/07 5:11:48PM

Posted by Fumar-Fortiuse

I understand how you guys can doubt Sanchez but I honestly think he could steal this one from Hughes. Alot of people are saying that Hughes is too strong but B.J. Penn was able to get Hughes in trouble and he is no where near as strong as Matt. I know Hughes won the fight but lets be honest Penn's conditioning is his weakness. This wouldn't be a weakness for Sanchez and he go on the ground just as good as anybody. If Hughes wins this fight he will have to do it standing up, which won't be an easy task. Sanchez's stand up is improving and we saw that when he KOed Joe Riggs, not to mention the training he's been doing with Oscar Delahoya. I'm still going with Sanchez because I think it's his destiny to be great.



Penn is a freak of nature though.....
randyleprechaun
3/28/07 5:27:52PM
I dont know what everyone is getting worked up about. This fight will only happen if Hughes defeats St. Pierre in their rematch, which i think is highly unlikely considering how dominant George was in their last encounter!
Lay_N_Pray
3/28/07 5:46:48PM
Sanchez is the real deal no doubt about it, I wish I could be a fan of his but I just dont like him when he steps out of the octagon.

I think Hughes would beat him in a match though because of experience and the pace he could impose on Diego.

Also I wouldnt just hand GSP a win over Matt. Hughes was clearly fighting away from his strength which is wrestling, so if Matt gets realistic and takes it to the ground it will be hard for GSP to win. Not many people have their way with Matt when it hits the canvas.
pv3Hpv3p
3/28/07 6:19:05PM

Posted by Lay_N_Pray

Sanchez is the real deal no doubt about it, I wish I could be a fan of his but I just dont like him when he steps out of the octagon.

I think Hughes would beat him in a match though because of experience and the pace he could impose on Diego.

Also I wouldnt just hand GSP a win over Matt. Hughes was clearly fighting away from his strength which is wrestling, so if Matt gets realistic and takes it to the ground it will be hard for GSP to win. Not many people have their way with Matt when it hits the canvas.



I'll never write Hughes off, but I think the problem will come when he tries to get GSP down... Didn't seem like an easy task in their last fight... Should be a war though
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