According to reports, former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes will be making his Octagon return at UFC 109 against a Gracie. After defeating MMA pioneer Royce Gracie at UFC 60, Hughes will now look to take on Renzo Gracie in February.
Our friends at Heavy.com was the first to break the story, confirming the potential bout with a source close to the situation.
The future UFC Hall-of-Fame fighter last competed at “UFC 98: Machida vs. Evans” where he took a unanimous decision victory against bitter rival Matt Serra. Prior to the win, Hughes lost back-to-back scraps for only the 2nd time in his career as Thiago Alves and Georges St-Pierre both thrashed Hughes in their respective meetings.
Gracie has been a lot less active since taking a disqualification victory over former UFC champ Frank Shamrock at “EliteXC: Destiny” back in February 2004. Even though Gracie is riding a three fight win-streak, he hasn’t fought in over 21 months.
As his illustrious career winds to a close, Hughes has stated that he only wants to fight against “interesting” opponents from here on out.
UFC 109 is rumored to be taking place in Las Vegas on February 6th. Here are the fighters rumored to be participating in the show:
Matt Serra vs. TBD
Rob Emerson vs. Phillipe Nover
Rolles Grace vs. Mostapha Al Turk
Melvin Guillard vs. Ronnys Torres
Matt Hughes vs. Renzo Gracie
Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller