Matt Hughes: Loss to BJ Penn was another step towards retirementPosted on December 3, 2010, 06:18 AM by Daniel Cassidy
“A lot of people have been asking about the fight and how I am doing. Of course, the fight didn’t go like I had planned it. I knew BJ was going to be in shape, but I didn’t know he was going to come in with a game plan and really look for my tendencies. I think BJ knew I was going to come in throwing my jab and I think he had a game plan for that. He hit me with a hard right hand that I never saw coming.”
“It’s funny how styles make fights and I’m not at all like Frankie Edgar. So it just kind of stinks that BJ came off two losses and then ended up beating me in less than 30 seconds. I knew BJ was going to be tough that first round. I was trying to get him into the second and the third round where I could wear on him, slow him down and soften him up a little bit; but it just didn’t go that way.”
“I don’t know what I’ll do now. I’m definitely going to take the winter off and some of the spring. I had three fights this year, so I’ve just got some other things I want to do; but I will say that this was one big step closer to retirement for me.”
UFC Hall of Famer and MMA Legend Matt Hughes reflects on his loss to BJ Penn at UFC 123. It took the former Lightweight Champ just 21 seconds to connect with a perfect counter right that put Hughes on the canvas and ended the fight. But at 37, with a hugely impressive record of 45-8, is there still a place for Matt Hughes in the UFC, as he looks to get one last title shot. Prior to his loss to Penn, Hughes was on a 3 fight win streak, with 2 wins over Renzo Gracie Black Belts, as well as one over Renzo himself.
So LowKick'ers, what do you think? Should Matt Hughes retire following the loss to Penn? Or is there still a place for Hughes in the UFC? Will he ever get that title shot he wants so badly?
Source: Matt Hughes.com