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Old 04-28-2011, 03:53 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I think this is an interesting match up and is probably what both of these guys need. Hughes needs this fight to tell him if he can still hang, and Diego needs this because it will tell him if he is really evolving. I can't decide who I think will win, but I will be rooting for Hughes. I think this fight is still winnable by either of these men.
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:56 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I think this is an interesting match up and is probably what both of these guys need. Hughes needs this fight to tell him if he can still hang, and Diego needs this because it will tell him if he is really evolving. I can't decide who I think will win, but I will be rooting for Hughes. I think this fight is still winnable by either of these men.
I don't think Hughes needs this fight to tell him if he can still hang, he shouldn't anyway. He knows he has no chance of beating anyone in the upper levels of the WW div anymore like GSP, Fitch, Kos, Penn. He can beat pseudo cans like Serra and Renzo Gracie. Guys in the upper middle class of the WW div like Sanchez or Kampmann he loses to most of the time, but has a small chance of beating if they get careless. Pretty easy win for Sanchez I think, Hughes is just too old and too old school.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:18 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Diego will probably retire Hughes
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Hughes takes this fight all night long. Diego could get a flash knock out but I don't see Hughes taking chances after the BJ fight. Hughes will take Diego down by being the better wrestler, he will then keep him there or finish him by being the better grappler. Don't kid yourself Diego won't be setting the pace in this fight. Almedia and Serra are both superior grappler's to Sanchez and Hughes out grappled both.

Also just remember that not only was BJ Penn working with Matt Hughes before the Fitch fight, that goes both ways and Matt Hughes was also working with BJ Penn.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:40 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Hm...hard match to call. My heart says Hughes but my brain says Sanchez.
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Gotta agree with Toxic here. Paulo Thiago was beating Diego pretty decisively before he gassed. Thiago was probably busy counter-terroristing or something and couldn't come in in-shape.


I always thought Hughes would smash 2/3rds of the AKA boys and thought he'd decisively beat Sanchez, crazy that none of those fights have happened till now.
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Tough fight for Hughes. It would be awesome to see Hughes come out and show his old dominance against and smash Diego into the ground with one of Hughes classic slams.

I disagree that Hughes is too "old school." Hell, I think his biggest problem is that he isn't going old school on people. Instead of going to some sweet takedown attempts, and slamming the shit out of people, he's trying to box with them (which he sucks at) and goes for takedowns when he gets rocked.
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Loser of this fight is the undisputed gatekeeper of the WW division.
You cant really say that , considering what Hughes has done.


I think Koscheck actually is the ultimate gatekeeper.
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I see Hughes out-grappling Diego all day. Diego's pace wont matter when he's on his back. Shame. Diego has really grown on me the last two fights and Hughes...ugh...I like him the best when he's on the end of BJ's fist.
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While I do think Hughes is capable of getting the takedown I think he will have a harder time doing it than others have said. I also don't think he has anything to offer standing. Now, Diego doesn't necessarily have the best boxing skills either but if there's one thing he has proved its that he has a solid chin - Kampmann was beating the shit out of him standing and Diego still kept coming forward.

I also think Diego's pace will be too much for Hughes.

Diego wins this via TKO or UD all day. He is way better at WW and as awesome as Hughes was that was years ago. He is 37 and is coming off a brutal KO loss to Penn.

The only way Hughes has a chance is if he can continuously take Diego down and stay busy for 3 whole rounds...I just don't see it happening guys
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