Originally Posted by Slick_Fugitive
It wasn't a bad gameplan bro!!!!!!!! Hughes tried for the takedown, he couldn't get close enough most of the time to even consider going for the shoot and when he did he got kicked in the head. In between rounds he must have known he didn't have much more to go on. Hughes wasn't fully recovered after round one, you could see his legs were rubbery and he was slightly glazed over.... he was saved by the bell. Matt Hughes probably should fight one more fight either against GSP or Penn and go out relatively gracefully. He's not gonna beat either of them, that is obvious as hell
Did you hear him talking about wanting to be like Chuck Liddell pre-fight? Hughes wanted to trade with GSP. He wanted to knock him out.
Two of his three take-down attempts were half-hearted and George stuffed him. The third was probably enough to floor every other WW in the UFC--not too many guys would even think to try the kind of sprawl GSP managed.
If you watch the first fight between these two Matt attempted a similar take-down but had deeper position and was able to keep George from kicking out both legs. He leaned him to one side as he picked him up. In this fight he tried to go right into him and allowed George to sprawl out.
Matt wasn't committed to taking down GSP, he wanted to strike. Mistake.