Well Matt's a ways away for being a LHW contender but i wouldn't count the guy out yet, hes only been doing this a year or so now and his GnP is looking alright.
Anyways i agree, i think the second the fighters step into the ring (octagon) all excuses go out the window because no one can change the fight other then themselves.
I know the 1 loss i do hold on my own record was because i gassed, my friends who watch wanted to make excuses for me saying i got jabbed in the eye (which i did) and that he had headbuted me (also did) but thats no excuse. To fighters find ways to overcome adversity, thats what makes champions. If you don't believe me watch the Matt Hughes Vs Frank Trigg fight (2nd one i believe).
He gets knee'd RIGHT in the nuts trys to tell the ref and gets himself into trouble doing so. He overcame adversity and then dominated Trigg.
What is it that is going to be on your mind when you're on your death bed? Will it be the tedious years of 9 to 5, or the memory of some great acheivement. Maybe a moment you stood in glory to the applause of millions.