Matt Hughes nearly quit fighting in 2001, regrets never facing Anderson Silva

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FastKnockout
1/30/13 11:18:39AM
Had Matt Hughes not woken up by slamming Carlos Newton to the mat at UFC 34, he wouldn't have gone on to become a UFC Hall of Famer.

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grappler0000
1/30/13 11:29:10AM
If I remember correctly, Anderson was Matt's originally-intended opponent when he fought Sakurai. I have no doubt what would've happened a few years ago, but back at 170 would've been interesting.
LightsOUT23
1/30/13 11:54:01AM
Hughes made the right choice not to fight Silva. He would of gotten mauled.
LightsOUT23
1/30/13 12:26:26PM

HUGHES VS SILVA ...


Target practice for Silva after a Bacon double cheese burger meal at Burger King.
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Bubbles
1/30/13 12:45:35PM

Posted by LightsOUT23

Hughes made the right choice not to fight Silva. He would of gotten mauled.


we are talking like 11 years ago, not today. Shortly after Hughes/Sakurai, Silva got subbed by Takase and Chonan. Hughes would have owned Anderson at that point in time
Travesty145
1/30/13 12:59:37PM
hughes would beat silva now
jjeans
1/30/13 2:03:18PM

Posted by Travesty145

hughes would beat silva now



BillsNewAccount
1/30/13 3:06:27PM

Posted by Bubbles


Posted by LightsOUT23

Hughes made the right choice not to fight Silva. He would of gotten mauled.


we are talking like 11 years ago, not today. Shortly after Hughes/Sakurai, Silva got subbed by Takase and Chonan. Hughes would have owned Anderson at that point in time



Hughes, said he regretted not going up to 185lb after Andy beat Franklin to unify the belts. Which would have been around the time Andy beat up Lutter and Hendo. I think Hughes would have most likely lost but it would have been an interesting matchup for sure.
prophecy033
1/30/13 3:09:41PM

Posted by Travesty145

hughes would beat silva now

I needed a good laugh today
tcunningham
1/30/13 3:40:13PM
i think that would have been a great fight then. i probably would have picked hughes to win. i dont silva was as good then as he is now. i think hughes could have taken him down and mauled him on the ground. two different era's.
bjj1605
1/30/13 4:08:12PM
Hmm....

I'm one of Andy's biggest fans, but even I'm not sure he would have beaten Hughes in his prime.

Matt Hughes had ridiculous wrestling, he was strong like a gorilla (way stronger than a 170lbs man has a right to be), and he had a stellar ground game.

Hughes could takedown just about anyone back then. He had the sickest ground and pound we've ever seen. And his subs and sub defense were great.

It would have been a great fight.

Also, Hughes is being too humble here. I think he was already past his prime when he lost to GSP.
prozacnation1978
1/30/13 6:26:38PM
They were suppose to fight over 10 years ago
Never happened
Bubbles
1/30/13 8:39:31PM

Posted by BillsNewAccount


Posted by Bubbles


Posted by LightsOUT23

Hughes made the right choice not to fight Silva. He would of gotten mauled.


we are talking like 11 years ago, not today. Shortly after Hughes/Sakurai, Silva got subbed by Takase and Chonan. Hughes would have owned Anderson at that point in time



Hughes, said he regretted not going up to 185lb after Andy beat Franklin to unify the belts. Which would have been around the time Andy beat up Lutter and Hendo. I think Hughes would have most likely lost but it would have been an interesting matchup for sure.


I was referring to grappler's post, but Andy at that time had a much better chance than Andy in 2002
Pookie
1/31/13 5:05:16PM
Id give Anderson a much better shot at beating Hughes at 170 in 2001, than i would Hughes beating Anderson at any point past 2005.
airkerma
2/1/13 9:54:38AM

Posted by Bubbles


Posted by LightsOUT23

Hughes made the right choice not to fight Silva. He would of gotten mauled.


we are talking like 11 years ago, not today. Shortly after Hughes/Sakurai, Silva got subbed by Takase and Chonan. Hughes would have owned Anderson at that point in time


Most importantly, Segal had not yet taught Anderson the front kick!