UFC Hall of Fame fighter and former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes recently sat down with Joe Buck for an upcoming episode of AT&T’s “Undeniable with Joe Buck”, where he hinted that he may be in talks with a mixed martial arts promotion regarding a comeback fight.
“If I could find an opponent that I think I could beat, then I would go (fight) again.”
“Yea I might even be talking to an organization about that so… I could be in talks for something like that. Maybe. That is big news. Nobody knows that by the way.”
Hughes dropped Joe Buck and the audience a hint in regards to who his comeback opponent could be.
“The guy I am talking about fighting might have been (a guest) in this chair.”
Matt Hughes has not competed inside the cage since UFC 135 in September of 2011, where he suffered a first-round knockout loss to Josh Koscheck.
Prior to that, the UFC legend was coming off a 21-second knockout loss at the hands of our namesake BJ Penn at UFC 123 in November of 2010.
Hughes most recent win came at UFC 117 in August of 2010 where he submitted Ricardo Almeida with a first-round Anaconda choke.
The former welterweight champion has gone 3-2 overall in his past five fights.
Matt Hughes first captured the UFC welterweight strap in November of 2001 when KO’d Carlos Newton with a slam in the second-round of their title fight at UFC 34.
Hughes would go on to defend the title on five separate occasions before eventually surrendering the crown to BJ Penn at UFC 46 in January 2004.
Matt would recapture the UFC’s welterweight title later that year (2004), when he submitted Georges St-Pierre at UFC 50.
From there, Hughes would go on to defend his strap on two occasions, defeating rivals Frank Trigg and BJ Penn, before eventually losing the belt in a rematch with St-Pierre at UFC 65.
Who would you like to see Matt Hughes fight next if he decides to return to the mixed martial arts cage?
Some big players in the world of mixed martial arts are about to drop some big news on Wednesday.
According to a press release sent out on Monday, an “industry re-defining” announcement will be made on Wednesday on a media conference call.
Notable names that are to be on the conference call on Wednesday include former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, as well as fan favorites Donald Cerrone and Tim Kennedy. In addition to the fighters, the founder of Bellator MMA, Bjorn Rebney will also be joining the call.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto communicated with Tim Kennedy via text message and Kennedy said, “I’m nervous and excited. Finally it’s coming to fruition.”
Text from @TimKennedyMMA regarding Wednesday’s “industry redefining” call: “I’m nervous and excited. Finally it’s coming to fruition.”
MMA Fighting also interestingly points out that St-Pierre, Velasquez, Dillashaw, and Kennedy are all under the representation of the Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which is a talent agency competitor to the UFC’s new owners, WME-IMG.
The media conference call is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.
What do you think the “industry re-defining” announcement will entail? Do you think that a fighter’s union or association will help the sport of mixed martial arts grow and give the fighters a more even playing field with the promotions? Sound off in the comment section!