Originally Posted by sm3025
I've been thinking about it lately, and it seems to me that Hughes vs. Serra is going to MUCH closer than everyone is expecting. Hughes himself said that he just doesn't see Serra as a top ten welterweight and that his name seems out of place when put with Hughes', GSP's and Penn's. I, however, think Hughes would be outclassed by Penn, GSP, Kos, and Fitch if they fought anytime soon.
Hughes is the most successful welterweight in history, but the talent pool is so much deeper now than in the past. He's just as good now as he's ever been, but look at his last few fights. He was being dominated by BJ and would have lost minus the rib injury. He was subsequently owned by GSP, and then he won a closer-than-expected match against Lytle. Matt isn't getting worse. The competition is just getting better.
Serra, however, did similarly well against Lytle--although that decision was a bit closer than Hughes'--and he put up a better fight than Hughes against BJ Penn, and he has TKO'd GSP, something that Hughes will never do.
Matt has a legacy on his side, but considering what each guy possesses currently, I think this will be a very close fight.
You have a right to your opinion, but how can you blatantly ignore the fact that Hughes stopped GSP and BJ? He submitted GSP and TKO'd Penn.
BJ had a rib injury that occured during their match. He wasn't injured going into the match. Hughes pushed BJ into a pace that his body couldn't keep up with and it resulted into a rib injury.
Then Matt Hughes pounded him until the fight was stopped. The fact that BJ was winning up until Hughes finished him is a moot point because in the end, who won?
It's a testament to Hughes. It was a great strategy to allow BJ to exert himself over a few rounds. That's what champions do.
BJ's a great fighter and so is GSP, but so is Hughes. I'm not convinced that Serra is their level,