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Old 04-29-2011, 09:35 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Diego will win. Hughes wrestling isn't anywhere close to what it once was and Diego isn't the strongest either, so it will come down to the striking. and the third BJ fight proved Boxing>>>>>>>>>>K-1 level striking.
Ah I forgot Hughes was the K1 GP champ. what year was that again?
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:51 AM   #42 (permalink)

 
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I might have some trouble remembering the Almeida fight but didn't he rock him on the feet and then just quickly submit him while rocked, not really out-grapple him? and the Serra fight he won by lnp because Serra has no wrestling so he took him down and sat on him at will.
I'm not 100%sure Diego is going to win at all, Hughes wrestling might be too much for him. I just can't see how the Serra and Almeida fights are relevant, since they are so different from Sanchez.
I can See Hughes treating Diego like he did Serra though. It all comes down to how well he Diego can stuff takedowns and/or get back up. And if Hughes decides to box with him like he has alot lately, I'm sure he will lose. It will be crappy striking vs very crappy striking (Hughes) imo.
He did rock him, for some reason I thought he caught him trying to shoot in. The Serra fight Hughes did take Serra down an layed on him at will, what do you think he will do to Sanchez? Same thing. Diego does not have good enough wrestling nor is he strong enough to stop a Matt Hughes takedown. Your gonna have to look long and hard to find somebody capable of getting up from underneath Hughes as well. Matt Hughes has competed at ADCC events, the guy has some pretty high level grappling skills.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:23 AM   #43 (permalink)
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He did rock him, for some reason I thought he caught him trying to shoot in. The Serra fight Hughes did take Serra down an layed on him at will, what do you think he will do to Sanchez? Same thing. Diego does not have good enough wrestling nor is he strong enough to stop a Matt Hughes takedown. Your gonna have to look long and hard to find somebody capable of getting up from underneath Hughes as well. Matt Hughes has competed at ADCC events, the guy has some pretty high level grappling skills.
That's true but Diego has competed in ADCC events too (Lost one to Shields, one to Marcelo Garcia, won one) and was a Grappler's Quest champion. His jitz is actually pretty good.
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Diego has very under rated grappling. I still think he's one of the best scramblers in the game. Diego is very good from his back and can be dangerous from that position (check out his fight with Jon Fitch).

As for Hughes, he isn't the wrestler he used to be, nor the fighter he once was. He's older, slower and weaker.

I see Diego taking this.
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Old 04-29-2011, 03:26 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Diego has very under rated grappling. I still think he's one of the best scramblers in the game. Diego is very good from his back and can be dangerous from that position (check out his fight with Jon Fitch).

As for Hughes, he isn't the wrestler he used to be, nor the fighter he once was. He's older, slower and weaker.

I see Diego taking this.
I won't be rooting for him but I think you're right and it's a fair assessment.
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Old 04-29-2011, 03:46 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Diego has very under rated grappling. I still think he's one of the best scramblers in the game. Diego is very good from his back and can be dangerous from that position (check out his fight with Jon Fitch).

As for Hughes, he isn't the wrestler he used to be, nor the fighter he once was. He's older, slower and weaker.

I see Diego taking this.
Where has Hughes shown that hes so much weaker? He has traded off wins and losses over Penn and GSP and he got beat by a much larger and overweight Alves. Yet hes dominated every other fight hes had at WW. Give the man some credit, he hasn't slipped like a lot of the old guard have. Hes an A level fighter who got topped by the A+ level fighters.
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:07 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Where has Hughes shown that hes so much weaker? He has traded off wins and losses over Penn and GSP and he got beat by a much larger and overweight Alves. Yet hes dominated every other fight hes had at WW. Give the man some credit, he hasn't slipped like a lot of the old guard have. Hes an A level fighter who got topped by the A+ level fighters.
I don't believe he is an A grade fighter any more, not even close. Just because he has only lost to the elite of the division doesn't change any thing.

His fight with Renzo Gracie was one of the most embarrassing MMA fights I have ever seen. The lack of skill shown from both fighters in that fight was abysmal.

I hate to use the term fluke but I really do think he fluked a win over Almedia. 8/10 I think Almedia beats Hughes.

There isn't much weight to my "he looks weaker" statement tbh, but you don't see him slamming guys from one side of the octagon to the other nowadays. There was a point in the Penn fight where he threw a kick, BJ caught it and just threw Hughes aside, like a piece of trash.

I just don't think he's any where near the level he used to be and I think Diego has some really under rated grappling himself. Diego is an upper echelon fighter at WW and I just don't think Hughes will be able to hang with that kind of competition.
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His fight with Renzo Gracie...
^^ That!

Hughes will look for the TD no doubt.
Diego isn't the most technical fighter, but he is a cardio machine, something Hughes doesn't want to see in the 3rd rd.

I have Diego winning this by making it a tough scramble.
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:25 PM   #49 (permalink)
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I think Hughes has probably lost a lot of motivation since coming to the realisation that his title propsects in the division are basically non-existant. He wont beat Fich, BJ or Alves (as proven) and certainly wont be defeating GSP.

I think his quick despatchment at the hands of BJ recently probably took the wind out of his sails quite a bit.

However, i see him taking this fight. I see no evidence anywhere to suggest that a) hughes wont be able to take Diego down, and b) that diego can sub him or get back up (enough of the time).

I think Hughes is on the decline, but whilst no longer a top tier fighter he is certainly capable of holding his own and defeating fighters below that level, which i believe Diego falls into.


Basically, i dont think Hughes is the unstoppable machine he once was, but i would bet the house on him taking this one. Its a very favourable stylistic matchup for him.
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