Hughes Down and Out

Written by Tom Ngo
June 26th, 2008

Former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes has revealed that has torn his Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and his Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) which stemmed from his loss to Thiago Alves at UFC 85 earlier this month. Hughes will hold off on having surgery to see how the knee heals first.

Hughes posted on his Official Blog:

“I found out my results, I’ve got a totally torn MCL that is still attached
 to my femur. I’ve got a partially torn PCL. They really think that the PCL will repair itself and that MCL has a chance of repairing itself. So we’re going to hold off on surgery right now. I am going to get a second opinion this week, so that might change; but for now we’re going to hold off on

Hughes hurt his knee at the end of the fight after Alves landed a vicious flying knee in the 2ndRound that landed flush on Hughes’ chest, which caused Hughes to fall on the knee awkwardly.

At 34 years of age, and coming off of two consecutive convincing losses, there really isn’t much left in the sport that the Future Hall of Famer has to prove. However, there is still at least one more fight out there that the former champion would like to pursue before he hangs his gloves up.

“I’ll tell you this for sure, I’ve got one more fight left in me. Matt Serra needs to come up with a game plan now, Hughes said in his post-fight Octagon interview. “My wife wants it. I want it. And I know these fans want it, too.”

Hughes and Serra were initially scheduled to face each other at UFC 79 after they completed their roles as Coaches for The Ultimate Fighter Season 6. However, Serra was forced to pull out due to a back injury which he sustained preparing for the fight. Hughes later when on to face Georges St-Pierre for the interim title, which Hughes lost.

It is not known when Hughes might make his return to the Octagon, a lot of that will depend upon how the knee recovers without surgery.

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