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Matt Hughes Plans 1 or 2 Fights in 2011, But Retirement Looming

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Despite coming off of a 21-second knockout loss at the hands of BJ Penn at UFC 123 last November, Matt Hughes isn’t exactly ready to hang up the gloves.

Yes, he’s been laying low since the Penn fight, but Hughes says he will return to the Octagon later this year, probably some time around the end of summer or early fall. He’s not, however, planning on fighting three times this year like he did in 2011. He says more like “one, maybe two fights tops.”

“I’ll be honest, I’m 37 years old, my competitors are around 28 years old. It’s about time for Matt Hughes to find something else to do,” Hughes revealed in an interview with HDNet’s Ron Kruck. “I don’t have a whole lot of fights left in me.”

Already a UFC Hall of Famer, having won the UFC welterweight title on two different occasions, defending said belt seven times, and racking up 18 victories in the Octagon, Matt Hughes won’t quickly be forgotten once he does hang up the gloves for the final time.

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Post #1   3/31/11 4:01:55PM   

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I dont see any good fights for Hughes that I would really like to see or that Hughes would take.

I could see Fitch, but he is too high up with Hughes coming off a loss.

Hallman, but dont know why Hallman would want to take it when he is working his way up and already beaten Hughes.

Wouldnt mind Rocha vs Hughes

Post #2   3/31/11 4:17:56PM   

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I'd like to see him around for one or two more fights, against guys like Fitch or Sanchez. Other than those two, there aren't a lot of match ups for him I'd be interested in. After one or two more fights, I wouldn't be upset if he decided to hang up his gloves. He had a great career and will probably make it into the Hall Of Fame.

Post #3   3/31/11 4:59:15PM   

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i say two more but this will be hughes last year

I do think hallman needs to be one of them
and the other could be sanchez or swick

Post #4   3/31/11 5:57:09PM   

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I've Got nothing but the up most respect for Matt Hughes, A Legend and does have a good heart just a rough demeanor. The first ever Event I ever saw was headlined by Hughes Vs Royce ever since I've been addicted to MMA. Only fights I could see for him would be like everyone stated Dennis Hallman if not I wouldn't be surprised to see him fight Royce in Brazil or a fight against Swick as stated above.

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I have been screaming Hallman since day one....why it hasn't happened is beyond me, a fight against another underprepared Gracie seems a little ridiculous at this point. He won't fight any of the newer younger guys because he doesn't feel they rate a fight with him or that it doesn't excite him or something....I think it's pretty limited to Hallman.

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Diego Sanchez or Jake Ellenberger.

Post #7   4/2/11 11:51:53AM