Originally Posted by Xphilter
That was a disappointing fight. Not because Royce lost, but because I had to watch another UFC called by ref judgement. If Hughes went out and knocked him out or submitted him then fine. Nope didn't happen, take your garbage win Matt.
The funniest thing about it was that the fight was stopped on two punches that missed Royce's head. Then Hughes admitted at the end he heard Big John tell Royce to do something. That's when Hughes knew he had to throw a couple punches because Big John was about to call the fight.
Look I know that was a bad position to be in, but Royce was using his hands to block and a lot of them thrown missed. Yes, he got caught a couple times, but if your going to call the fight on that you might as well declare Hughes the winner before the match. I knew this was going to happen.
Tons of respect has been lost for Hughes just from his interviews before the fight. So many statements he said made him look so stupid. If you have to be a well balanced fighter to win in the UFC then someone please let Matt know most of the UFC belt holders are one dimensional (Sylvia, Liddell, etc).
I hope he gets rocked by G.S.P.
I'm going to preface my post by giving Gracie his props and his respect, he has earned it and MMA would not be where it is today without him.
Okay, now that I got that out of the way........................................
Laying on your belly and using your forearms to block blows is not an intelligent or effective defense. Gracie's face looked like it took numerous blows by the end of that fight. Allowing a fighter to become maimed or seriously injured would be bad for MMA and it would be flat out wrong. I'm glad Hughes pounded on him, after watching Gracie's early UFC fights where he always kept his submission holds latched on way way after his opponents tapped out. One guy was tapping his side with one hand and frantically tapping the mat with the other and Gracie still would'nt let go. He got the beat down he deserved, his arrogance was his biggest liability. To think that he can bow out of serious competition for so long and stroll back in and be where he was when he left is arrogent. He started believing his own hype and he paid the price for it. GSP may beat Hughes and he also may get submitted in the first round again, either way a great fighter wins.