Hughes vs. Serra: closer than you'd think
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.
Randy Couture is the baddest man on the planet!
Favorite Fighters (in no particular order)
1) Randy Couture
2) BJ Penn
3) Chuck Liddell
5) Mark Hunt