Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Matt Hughes Talks Relationship With Pat Miletich, Then And Now

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

Matt Hughes steps into the cage this weekend at UFC 135 against Josh Koscheck in a fight that could make or break whether he steps back into the cage again.

At the age of 37, Hughes isn't getting any younger but still is one of best welterweight fighters to have ever stepped inside the cage.

After a few years away from long time trainer Pat Miletich, Hughes spent time with his old mentor in preparation for his fight this weekend and discussed it with Luke Thomas:

“Pat and I, of course we're both busy and we do more texting than we do talking but I said, “Hey, I'm having a training camp in Hillsboro. Are you free in that week to come down?” and he said, “Yeah, I can come down for three days.” It was very good. It was the first time we'd trained in quite a few years. Pat and I are like brothers, no doubt about it. If Pat would ever need anything, he'd call me up at 3 o'clock in the morning, need me to drive him somewhere, I'd do it and I'm sure he'd do the same thing for me for sure.

“Back when Miletich had his big camp up there and there were quite a few world champions that would walk in the door every day and there's a bunch of guys up there, it was a meat market. If someone new walked in the gym, they were probably gonna get beat up pretty bad. Us core guys were kinda the ones doing the beating. It's not that way anymore. I've gotten older, a little more mature and I don't beat up on people like I used to when they step in the gym. Jeremy's out here in Salt Lake City. He moved away first. I moved away after Jeremy did so all us getting back together for this fight was a good thing. We had a lot of fun together.”

You can listen to the whole interview after the jump.

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