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Saturday, September 23, 2006
Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim

Dana White's Announcement:
"I’m pleased to announce to UFC fans all around the world that UFC Champion Matt Hughes, pound-for-pound one of the strongest and most experienced fighters in the UFC, and Number One Welterweight Contender and Canadian Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, one of the most athletic and well-rounded fighters in the UFC will be the main event championship title fight at UFC 63 live from the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Saturday, September 23," said Dana White, UFC President.

White made the UFC 63 announcement today live from Bristol, Conn. on ESPN’s The Hot List. Hughes and St. Pierre were also present for the announcement and discussed the upcoming title fight with ESPN host Dari Nowkhah.

"I’ve been waiting for this fight against Matt Hughes for a long time," said St. Pierre. "This time I am ready – I made a promise to the UFC that if they gave me another chance at the title I wouldn’t make a mistake again. I want that belt so bad – I want to become the champion."

"I hope he’s ready," said Hughes. "No one has been able to stop me yet, and I don’t see myself giving up my belt any time soon. I’m looking forward to a good fight, but at the end of the night I will still be the UFC Welterweight Champion."

Hughes and St. Pierre last fought October 22, 2004 at UFC 50: THE WAR OF ‘04 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. At the time, St. Pierre had a perfect record. But Hughes ended up giving St. Pierre his first career loss, forcing him to tapout at the end of the first round. Since that day, Hughes has maintained the welterweight crown, and St. Pierre has aggressively fought to put himself back in line for the title, defeating former champion BJ Penn, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, Frank Trigg and Sean Sherk. Meanwhile, Matt Hughes defeated Frank Trigg, Joe Riggs, and most recently the legendary Royce Gracie, who was previously undefeated in the UFC.

Matt Hughes (41-4) 5’9"/170 lbs., fighting out of Hillsboro, Ill., is considered by many to be the greatest welterweight champion in the history of the UFC. He started fighting in 1999, at UFC 22, and spent two years climbing his way up the division. Finally, at UFC 34 (11/02/01) he won the UFC Welterweight Championship by defeating Carlos Newton by KO. From there, he won five consecutive fights, holding the title for three years before losing it to BJ Penn at UFC 46 (1/31/04), succumbing to a rear naked choke at 4:39 of the first round. Matt regained the vacant welterweight crown at UFC 50 (10/22/04) by stopping Georges St. Pierre with an arm bar at 4:59 of the first round, and defended his title at UFC 52 (4/16/06) against Frank Trigg, winning by a rear naked choke. He fought Joe Riggs at UFC 56 (11/19/05) in a non-championship bout and submitted him by Kimura at 3:28 of the first round. Hughes then defeated Royce Gracie by TKO at UFC 60 (5/27/06).

Georges "Rush" St. Pierre (12-1-0) 5’10"/170 lbs., fighting out of Montreal, is the Canadian Welterweight Mixed Martial Arts Champion. He is an excellent athlete who combines solid stand up skills with an impressive ground game. After scoring UFC wins over Karo Parisyan, Jay Hieron, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, Frank Trigg, Sean Sherk and BJ Penn, St. Pierre is hungry for another shot at world champion Matt Hughes and is ready to prove himself as being the top welterweight fighter in the world."

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he announced it a while ago that they'd be fighting.....just didnt announce when....waste of a surprise if you ask me, but its gonna be a hell of a fight
 

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Yeah I know but this is the official thread. I think Hughes will win.:thumbsup:
 

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Hughes will win i bet 1st or 2nd round.

He's the best rounded fighter.

Between Strength, Cardio (even though you rarley see it), Stand up, Ground, and Wrestling he tops out in almost all of them.
 

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Will definitely be a good fight. I just don't see Hughes losing, hence my vote for him.
 

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I agree, but I am still holding out for the hope that Rush will prove us wrong.
 

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I like both of them and this should be a great fight. But i gotta go with matt hughes by KO slam.
 

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Both fighters are in my top 10 or even top 5 maybe.
But im going against the grain and saying Pierre, i feel that with the opponents they have both fought Trigg, Sherk, Penn.. that George has dominated those people more effectivly than Matt has.
for example i know Hughes beat trigg twice, very well, but Pierre dominated him like he was a child. Pierre put Sherk down which Hughes failed to do, letting that fight go to decision.
As for individual talents in different areas i think Pierre is as strong as hughes almost anywhere, his submissions are powerful, hes at least as strong in stand up (if not much better there) hes no slam artist as hughes is, but when George gets in his groove i think hes about unstopable.
The biggest way George would lose this fight is by getting thrown out of his game like penn did to him in there first round.
Hughes is one incredibly tallented fighter but he hasnt gone up against someone of Pierres level in a long time. While george has been fighting all the real title contenders.

Pierres fights since there first match
Miller
Trigg
Sherk
Penn
(imho a much more impressive set of fighters, or more impressive victorys [trigg])

hughes fights since there first match
Trigg
Riggs
Gracie
(for the record thats only 1 real title fight in almost 2 years)

i like hughes alot but the ufc hasnt been giving him the fighters he should be fighting.
 

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St. Pierre will win this one, he is so dynamic. Anyone who beats BJ Penn is a badass. I beleive St. Pierre holds the edge because he is alot more well rounded than Matt Hughes. Dont get me wrong Hughs is a studd but his reign as welterweight champ will be over after this one.
 

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First Im Gonna Say Im Not A Big Fan Of Either Fighter So Im Pretty Nuetral In That Respect..but For Some Reason I Think St.pierre Is Gonna Win A Split Decision..i Feel His Stand Up Is Better Than Matts And I Think He Has The Athleticism To Avoid Matts G And P..could Go Either Wat But I Like Gsp
 

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i think bj got ripped off and he should be fighting matt instead of gsp, no one wants to see this fight again, i'd rather much see matt and bj go at it

bj by knock out rd 2
 

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Well, St. Pierre and Hughes are 2 of my favorites, but I think I have to go with "Rush" on this one too.

Swick also is fighting @ UFC 63, who he is fighting I am not sure. Also, If Dana stays with what he said a couple of months ago, Loiseau will be fighting Anderson Silva. But, that was a couple of months ago and things change.
 

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In responds to the GSP beating Sherk so better then Hughes did there is a big difference.

When Hughes fought Sherk he was just a wrestler and sherk was fighting all around the world during that time and training alot more diligant(sp?).
When GSP fought him sherk only had a month and a half between fights and had been out of UFC for almost 6 months.

Not making excuse's for either fighters just letting the facts be known of why it probably happened that way. Hughes is a much better fighter then when he beat sherk.

But i agree, the fight could go either way and should be a great one.
 

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First Im Gonna Say Im Not A Big Fan Of Either Fighter So Im Pretty Nuetral In That Respect..but For Some Reason I Think St.pierre Is Gonna Win A Split Decision..i Feel His Stand Up Is Better Than Matts And I Think He Has The Athleticism To Avoid Matts G And P..could Go Either Wat But I Like Gsp
St. Pierre is very athletic but he didn't avoid the ground n pound by Matt last time they fought. I would be very impressed by George if he beats Hughes.
 

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St. Pierre is very athletic but he didn't avoid the ground n pound by Matt last time they fought. I would be very impressed by George if he beats Hughes.
I agree George is a very good fighter, but Hughes has been a great champ. I think if BJ Penn would have been in shape we would be seeing Hughes vs. Penn II. Hughes by submission round in round 2.
 

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i agree^
 

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I also would prefer to see BJ Penn and Hughes but hey...BJ took GSP out of his game in their first round. Matt could easily do that to GSP also, you gotta respect his guts - i mean frank trigg was 1 second off being the champ and look what happened to him. GSP is the real deal though.

All i can say is id hate to be betting on this one. This could go either way.
 
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