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Old 09-07-2010, 10:21 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I think he does as well. People seem to overlook the fact that the only 2 fighters to beat him at WW since 2001 are BJ Penn and GSP. Matt has wins over both of them. The Alves fight was at catch weight.
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:23 AM   #12 (permalink)
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As much as I like chuck Liddell I think Hughes realistically has a better chance for a last run for title than Liddell does.
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:24 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I think Hughes will make an impressive run in the next year it just sucks because the timing is a little off itll be almost a year before its even in line for anything. But who knows.
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:35 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I really don't think so. I think Hughes has lost a split second. You can tell he wants to shoot or strike, but he just doesn't get it off in time. I don't see him getting around the other top guys.
Just keep reading the above until it has sunk in. Hughes did his bit for MMA, and is finishing off his career with a good run. He also (incredibly) has the sense to fight at his level, unlike many many other declining fighters.

Hughes can beat some mid level WW's, some of the time. He will never ever beat someone like Fitch, GSP, Shields, or Alves again. Even his last few wins really aren't impressive at all. Grinding out a decision against an overrated lightweight like Serra? Catching a guy who is lousy at striking, who was actually outstriking him up to that point? These are not things champions or contenders do, anyone who is either of those things annihilates someone like Serra.

Hughes is doing exactly what he should do. Enjoying the twilight of his career fighting guys he has a chance of beating en route to a well deserved retirement. If he moves up even slightly in competition he gets crushed. Guys like Liddell and Crocop should take notes.
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:42 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Nope!

Hughes is over the hill.
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:44 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I don't think he will make a run for the title. Hughes is not going to beat any of the top dogs in that division anymore. Yes he is on a 3 fight win streak, but I am not super impressed by it. He beat Matt Serra who isn't a slouch, but isn't exactly a top fighter. I was not impressed at all with his win over Renzo. I will say that I was impressed with his win over Almeida.

I think that if Hughes gets a top contender such as Fitch, Alves, Koscheck, etc... he would be beaten.
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Hughes is over the hill.
So what's keeping him from turning around and climbing the hill again? He has submitted a guy that lots of people thought to be a beast at WW... and with relative ease. If he can outgrapple Almeida I don't think there's anyone in the division except for the top 3 or 4 guys that he's not going to be able to beat. I'm not saying he would run through everyone, but I give him a good shot against anyone not called St-Pierre.
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:19 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I have a hard time accepting he couldnt, i realize he might not be able to beat gsp anymore, but hes done it beforee. that little bit of doubt, combined with the mma sense of "anything can happen" makes it all the more worth dreaming. Hes come in looking great, shown standup, regardless of the opponents, and who knows man. i may be a bit biased but to say that he would simply be outclassed by any top contender with a loss and no win against GSP seems silly.
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I think Matt Hughes great performance against a guy who severely underestimated him is giving him hype he isn't looking for. Hughes probably has a couple more great fights in him, but no title runs. He isn't over the hill as much as he is behind the curve. He has the old dog status so he will still catch people that think they can easily walk over him, but against game opponents like Alves (who beat him although he was overweight), Fitch, Kos, and GSP I just don't see him being up to the skill level.

Hughes was, and still is, a great fighter, but the new generation is here that raised the bar on skill level and I just don't think Hughes has improved enough to keep at their pace of growth.
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Hughes is still a tough match for anyone. The only guy at WW to completely wall through him is GSP. I also think people look too harshly at the Serra fight. He was hurt badly from a headbutt and the punches that followed and he still came through and won. That was the only damage Serra could do. Against Almeida he started slow but it's not like he was getting hurt, once he got comfortable he dropped Almeida and almost popped his head off. Hughes has another run but we all know gsp will be the end of it. Give Hughes some credit he's still one of the best of all time
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