I'll give you four reasons why Hughes COULDN'T go for takedowns (we can't say he didn't go for them, cuz he did)
1. Hughes thought because he picked apart BJ Penn in the third round of a failed fight he could do that to a fresh, full stamina St. Pierre
2. Hughes has never KO'D anything and knows people want to see him do that, and thought against a big marquee fighter like GSP in a "bad blood" hyped up match that would be the perfect finish.
3. He was way too overconfident, practically writing off St. Pierre before the fight even started.
4. St. Pierre was too much for him to handle.
Plain and simple. Matt had a bad game plan, and probably wasn't taking St. Pierre as seriously as he should have. He did that "I beat him once, I'll beat him again" arrogant mentality. I'm done bagging on Hughes as far as him being a prick as we have discussed in several other threads, because now it has appeared that we was a ****, thought he was the shit, and that's about the time when you fall off your high horse.