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!



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