Many people questioned whether former dominant welterweight champion Matt Hughes still had what it takes at this late stage in his career prior to his bout with Ricardo Almeida at UFC 117.
On this performance there’s still life in the old dog yet.
The fight started in fairly cautious fashion with both fighter’s feeling each other out on the feet. Almeida was perhaps looking slightly more comfortable in the early exchanges, but that quickly changed when Hughes out of nowhere lands a powerful left that sends Almeida careering backwards to the floor.
Capitalizing quickly Hughes seized Almeida’s neck from the front while he was still on his knees dazed and proceeded to squeeze so hard that the Brazilian eventually passed out with just 3.15mins left on the clock.
This is a major win for Hughes, proving that he’s still got what it takes to compete against quality opposition. His remarkable pro record now moves to 45-7 and bigger fights should now lie ahead for the man who once ruled the 170lb division.