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Old 08-10-2010, 04:38 PM
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I've decided to begin compiling all the articles I can find of "experts" havin to eat their words concerning Matt. Those that contain info about other fighters have been editted so that only the bits pertaining to Matt remain.

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UFC 117's Winners and Losers

There have been many times where a UFC card has looked stacked on paper only to turn out to be completely underwhelming in actuality. Thankfully, UFC 117 was not one of those cards.

After a slow start with the mundane event that was UFC 114, fans have been treated to a sensational summer of UFC PPV cards, as UFC 115, 116, and now, 117, have delivered all the drama any fan could reasonably ask for. While it's unfortunate that we weren't shown more action from the undercard, that's a minor quibble when what we did get was so enthralling.

Don't be misled by the title, if you're looking for the quick results, here they are. What I'm presenting to you are the real winners and losers from last night's epic event:

Winners:
Matt Hughes: Written off for the last couple years as little more than a novelty, Hughes showed that he still has what it takes to actually finish an opponent and not just top-control his way to a boring decision. I'm not saying that he'll become champion again, however by defeating a legitimate opponent en route to notching his third consecutive victory, he's once again relevant in the welterweight division.

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Renzo Gracie Black Belts: Matt Hughes: 3 -- Renzo Gracie Black Belts: 0. Chalk up another victory for Hughes as he made it three in a row over Renzo Gracie and his students by submitting Ricardo Almeida in the first round. Not sure who else from Renzo's Academy that Hughes can fight but it looks like it might be awhile before they have another shot at revenge.
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:43 PM
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UFC 117: In-Depth Summary

Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida

Following Dos Santos and Nelson, UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes choked out Ricardo Almeida in the first round, easily one of the most impressive showings he's had in years. After catching Almeida with a vicious (especially for Matt Hughes) left hook, Hughes pounced, and locked in a choke he later claimed he learned from wrestling, then told Joe Rogan that it felt good to beat a good Brazilian with a wrestling choke.

Where does this put Matt Hughes? Good question. It's time for him to rematch Dennis Hallman. No question in my mind, that's the match that needs to be made. With Hallman beating Ben Saunders tonight, the timing is perfect, and the match up is great. Make it happen Joe Silva.
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HUGHES OPTS FOR HUNTING IN 2010, RETURNS 2011


If anyone wondered where Matt Hughes belonged in the UFC's welterweight division, no one can tell the multi-time champion and now UFC hall of famer that it's not right near the top among the best in the division.

Hughes once again showed that he can go with the best as he submitted Brazilian Jiu-Jitzu black belt Ricardo Almeida in the first round of their match-up at UFC 117 on Saturday.

Over the last few years, Hughes has mentioned the possibility of retirement, and following a knockout loss to Thiago Alves, even more people told the Illinois fighter maybe it was time to call it a day.

Hughes wasn't listening, and it's a good thing. The one-time Pat Miletich trained fighter has now won three fights in a row including a victory over former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra, and a win over his coach and mentor Renzo Gracie.

One person who never doubted what Hughes was still capable of was UFC president Dana White, who sat back in awe once again as the farm boy from Illinois put on a great performance to get his 18th win inside the Octagon.

"I never thought that," White said about Hughes calling it a career anytime soon. "Hughes' last fight against Renzo Gracie, Hughes is one of these guys, I'll just put it this way – Hughes is one of these guys, and has always been one of these guys that no matter what happens to him or what's going on in his life, he never says no to a fight. He's never turned down a fight, he always takes fights, and I'll just leave it at that."

If someone questions Hughes' relevancy in the division look no further that the only three losses he's suffered over the last six years. He's lost to current UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, former champion B.J. Penn, and top five ranked fighter Thiago Alves. Outside of those fights, Hughes has won every match-up he's been involved in.

Following the fight with Almeida, Hughes did say he's due some time off, and plans on spending it with his family and one of his other favorite past times, hunting.

"I'll be real honest, I'm going to take this fall off, I'm going to do some hunting, and then early next year I'll talk with the UFC, and we'll figure out what we're going to do," Hughes said after the win.

The welterweight division is coming up on some major fights to close out 2010 including the debut of Jake Shields, as well as the title fight between St. Pierre and top contender Josh Koscheck. Whenever Hughes returns in 2011, he'll fit in just fine and there will always be a tough fight for him when he's ready to fight again.
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Falling Action: Best and Worst of UFC 117

Still Surprisingly Relevant: Matt Hughes
While the Dave Schultz-esque front headlock he used to put Ricardo Almeida to sleep still lacks a catchy name (though I've heard 'Farmaconda' tossed around some, and I like it), Hughes' win proved that he's still a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division. As long as GSP is still active he'll probably never be champ again, but so what? There are still some interesting fights out there for him, and he seems perfectly willing to keep taking them...after hunting season is over.
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Observations from My Couch: UFC 117 "Ultimate Heartbreak"
People always talk about Ricardo Almeida’s jiu-jitsu black belt and accomplishments in the world of submission grappling. Often overlooked, though, is Matt Hughes’ black belt in wrestling.
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Matt Hughes: 3 -- Renzo Gracie Black Belts: 0
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