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Sunday, 03 February 2008 18:50

Matt Hughes: Dominating the Octagon

Written by Nick Hailili

Matt HughesTap, snap or nap…future UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes often gives opponents one of these three choices. The thing about fighting Hughes is that you already know what’s coming: he wants to take you down and either ground and pound you or choke you out. The question is: Can you stop it? Very few have.

To put his career in perspective, the 34-year-old Hillsboro, Illinois native held the UFC Welterweight title longer than anyone in that organization’s history, and after almost 50 pro fights sports a better win percentage (.895) than the 1995-1996 Bulls (.878) from nearby Chicago, widely considered the best NBA team of all-time. Love him or hate him, Hughes’ dominance in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has to be respected.

This year marks a significant turning point in Hughes’ career: he starred on the sixth season of the hit UFC reality show “The Ultimate Fighter,” recently started a new MMA gym called The H.I.T. Squad (Hughes Intensive Training), signed a deal with the MMA-inspired clothing brand One More Round, is looking to regain the UFC title from current champ Matt Serra, and even has his own action figure coming out from toy company Round 5. DUB managed to catch up with Hughes in between his brutal two-a-day, four-hour plus workouts to discuss his career, growing up on a farm and his love for hogs (the ones that go fast, not the ones that go oink).

Matt Hughes

Originally, Hughes was scheduled to fight Matt Serra for the UFC Welterweight Championship on December 29 for UFC 79, but will now fight Georges St. Pierre for the interim Championship due to a herniated disc in Serra’s lower back, suffered in November.