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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 03-15-2017, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Matt Hughes considering comeback fight

It appears as though Matt Hughes is considering a comeback.

Hughes, who hasn’t fought since September 2011, recently told Joe Buck that he’s “in talks” to fight again.

“If I could find an opponent that I could definitely beat, I would go again,” Hughes said in an interview that was shot earlier this month.

Hughes sat down with Buck earlier this month for an upcoming episode of AT&T Audience Network’s “Undeniable with Joe Buck,” which is currently in its third season and can be seen only on AT&T Audience Network and DIRECTV NOW Wednesday’s at 8 p.m. ET. The Hughes interview, which is slated for season four, is scheduled to air late summer/early fall 2017.

In the interview, Hughes hints that he’s talking about fighting a previous guest on Buck’s show. While he doesn’t mention who he’s referring to, sources say it’s Royce Gracie, who Hughes beat at UFC 60 in May 2006.

Hughes, the former UFC welterweight champion, retired in 2013 following two knockout losses in a row and promptly accepted a position within the UFC as vice president of athlete development and government relations. He was fired from the organization in December as part of company-wide layoffs following the sale to WME|IMG.

"The UFC has been great to me," Hughes told MMA Fighting after he was relieved of his duties in December. "Times change, and I understand the decision that was made. I will move on. My family and I are fine.

"I do love adventure, and who knows what's next for me."

Hughes didn’t respond when contacted by MMA Fighting on Wednesday.

According to multiple sources, the 43-year-old has had talks with Bellator recently about fighting again but no offer has been made and those talks were classified as preliminary.

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 03-15-2017, 08:43 PM
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Jesus lol not a good idea Matt.
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Jesus lol not a good idea Matt.
Oh man my thoughts exactly. If he's bored he should do some competitive BJJ or maybe teach more. Matt didn't have much of chin left when he retired.

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And another veteran joins the Bellator seniors division. On another note this is the latest example of someone that the new UFC regime basically handed to Bellator. They seriously don't take them seriously.

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Meh. Have him fight Serra or Penn again. Tons of washed up guys around his level. Dude was an absolute killer back in the day. I would watch it.
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This made me realize how quickly this sport has changed. Champion A is nowhere close to champion B, and champion C is leagues ahead of both, so on and so forth. It won't be long before champion C gets overtaken by future ones. I think at some point it'll level out though. We'll see once GSP fights against Bisping.

I think they should do legends' exhibition matches. I know all of those fighters are itching still.

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The Serra fights the only one that makes sense. That or bring his twin brother in there and let him fight him.

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Why not Hughes vs CM Punk
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Maybe he thinks Vitor's Legacy League is going to become a thing, lol
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I think even washed up/old Hughes would maul CM Punk.
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