Win, lose or draw, it was rumored that former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was set to retire after he settled his beef with Matt Serra at UFC 98 this past weekend. One impressive performance and a win later, Hughes appears to have changed his mind.
“I definitely still want to compete,” Hughes stated after his unanimous decision victory. “I still think I’m competitive in the weight division, so we’ll keep going.”
It is a completely different story than what The Ultimate Fighter 1 finalist Stephan Bonnar stated on last week’s edition of ESPN’s MMA Live, where he claimed Hughes was done.
“I’ve heard it from Matt Hughes’ mouth that this is going to be his last fight,” Bonnar said.
Liar, liar, it appears as Hughes’ pants are on fire.
If indeed the 35-year-old intends on continuing his illustrious MMA career, he and UFC president Dana White to iron out a new deal. He isn’t sure how many more fights he has left in him, but one thing is for sure, he isn’t going to be leaving the place he’s called home for the past 8 years.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Hughes said. “DW and I will get in a room; we’ll talk about it and figure it out. Like I’ve always said before, I’m not going anywhere.”
Although Hughes would be walking away as the most dominant 170-pounder to ever put on a pair of MMA gloves, he seems intent on making one final run at capturing UFC gold.
In fact, he plans to be sitting front and center when welterweight king Georges St-Pierre defends his title against Thiago Alves, the last two men to defeat Hughes, at UFC 100.
“It will be interesting to watch Thiago and GSP go at it,” said Hughes. “That will be an interesting fight for me to watch.”
Interesting for an MMA enthusiast, or intriguing because he thinks that he might get a crack at the winner?
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