Sunday, June 26, 2022

Hughes Explains Why He Chose To Fight GSP At UFC 79

The following is a blog entry from the official website of Matt Hughes:

(NOTE: This is from a day or two ago, but we missed posting it when it first came out. So here it is for those who are a bit behind)

GSP Fight…

November 25th, 2007

As most of you know, Serra has dropped out of the fight due to a back injury. I found out and was told that I get to basically pick my opponent. The UFC had called some welterweights, some said they wouldn’t take the fight; but ultimately I got to choose and I chose Georges St. Pierre. I asked to fight GSP.

I think there are a few things that will be in my favor in doing this. I get to fight in Vegas, what I consider my home fighting area, NOT Canada. I don’t think it’s a big deal to switch an opponent over a month out, it’s just not a concern for me. Before I was fighting a guy holding the belt, now I’m fighting a guy that I consider number two in the world. Anyone who thinks this fight will be like the second fight with GSP will be shown wrong on December 29th. THIS IS MY FIGHT!

Matt

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