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Old 07-08-2011, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Diego Sanchez vs. Matt Hughes official for UFC 135 in Denver

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As expected, Diego Sanchez (23-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) and fellow welterweight Matt Hughes (45-8 MMA, 18-6 UFC) will meet in a UFC 135 main-card bout.

UFC executives recently made the long-rumored bout official.

UFC 135 takes place Sept. 24 at Denver's Pepsi Center. A title fight between light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson headlines the pay-per-view main card.

Sanchez vs. Hughes could take the co-headlining slot.

Sanchez recently picked up his second straight win with a close but highly competitive unanimous-decision victory over Martin Kampmann at March's UFC on Versus 3 event. "The Ultimate Fighter 1" middleweight winner and recent lightweight competitor returned to his more natural welterweight division in 2010 and suffered an uninspired decision loss to John Hathaway. However, he's since rebounded with wins over Paulo Thiago and Kampmann that both earned "Fight of the Night" awards.

The Greg Jackson-trained fighter now meets Hughes, who hasn't fought since November 2010, when he suffered a quick, 21-second knockout to B.J. Penn. Hughes, who long had been considered the best welterweight in MMA history, briefly contemplated retirement in 2008 following back-to-back losses to Georges St-Pierre and Alves. However, while fighting only occasionally, the UFC Hall of Famer had put together a three-fight win streak with wins victories Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie and Ricardo Almeida before the recent Penn loss.

The UFC hasn't hosted an event in Denver since "UFC: Ultimate Ultimate 1995" back in 1995. The Colorado city also hosted UFC 1 and UFC 2 in 1993 and 1994, respectively.

For the latest on UFC 135, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
I'm taking Diego in this one.
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I am taking Hughes. I think Hughes is bigger and stronger and will take Diego down and keep him down for 3 rounds. The fact that Hughes spent time in Hilo working with BJ can only help as well.
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I think Hughes will outwrestle Diego and win a UD or possibly submit him.
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I've wanted to see this fight since tuf1. It took diego this long to be worthy.


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I am taking Hughes. I think Hughes is bigger and stronger and will take Diego down and keep him down for 3 rounds. The fact that Hughes spent time in Hilo working with BJ can only help as well.
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I think Hughes will outwrestle Diego and win a UD or possibly submit him.
I don't know, Hughes hasn't beat anyone good lately and has not looked good for a while.
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Diego, IMO, will grind him down and get the decision. Matt just ain't what he used to be.
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I don't know, Hughes hasn't beat anyone good lately and has not looked good for a while.
But he is still a great wrestler and that is enough.

Hughes has lost to 2 men at WW in the last decade in BJ Penn and GSP and Diego is not good enough to join that list.
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Hughes may out work Diego, but I'm almost 100% confident that he won't submit him. Diego keeps a high pace, and doesn't quit. Hughes shouldn't even attempt any submissions. He needs to use all of his energy to just hold Diego down. Having a strong offense on the ground just gives Sanchez room to create scrambles.

Hughes is passed his prime, that is certain. He's a lot slower now, and his chin has become suspect. I actually think that Diego will win by technical knock out standing. Diego may not have the best stand up, but he is aggressive with some power, and he has a great chin and recovery time. Hughes should be looking for the take down at all times during this fight.

This should be a fun fight.
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I hope Diego knocks out the Bret Farve of MMA!!!!!!!!

Really sick of Matt Huge Head.............
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