Matt Hughes says today's MMA fighters are "soft"Posted on October 26, 2012, 07:38 PM by Andreas Hale
If there's anyone who could offer their personal take on the alarming number of injuries that have torn UFC cards to shreds over the past year, it would be hall of famer Matt Hughes. While appearing on the MMA Hour, the always outspoken 39-year-old gave his take on the injury epidemic.
"I haven't figured out why there's been more injuries now than when we were going. You know, eight years ago -- boy, that's a big number -- we were training everyday, and we were training hard. We just didn't get injuries, and I don't know why," Hughes said. As a fighter, Hughes has been in 54 fights and has the most wins in UFC history with 18. With so many rigorous training camps under his belt, even he is shocked by the number of fighters suffering injuries as of late.
But Hughes always has an answer or an opinion and his just might rub a few fighters the wrong way.
"I do think some of these guys are getting a little softer, to where, hey, if they're not 100-percent, they're just going to call off the fight," Hughes said while stating that he's never been 100% injury free heading into a fight. "There's been several fights, and I think Chuck Liddell would say the same thing, several fights where you're not 100-percent. You're just not 100-percent. And these guys today have to be 100-percent or they're not going to compete."
Do you agree with Hughes statements?