There was speculation that UFC hall-of-famer Matt Hughes may have been set to retire after a tough first round KO loss to BJ Penn in his last Octagon outing, but it seems he has at least one more big fight left in him after all.
The UFC announced today that the former welterweight champion will take on Diego Sanchez at an event still to be announced coming this fall.
After a two fight losing streak Sanchez has began to establish himself again as a credible contender at 170lbs with victories over Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann, and he now has the opportunity to add a win over a bonafide legend of the sport.
On paper it looks like a tough match-up for Hughes after a humbling defeat, with Sanchez being one of the most relentless, tenacious and ferocious competitors in the division, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that he was on a three-fight winning streak of his own prior to that so he shouldn’t be overlooked here.
Today’s announcement completely rules out any possibility of Hughes being roped into a rematch with Royce Gracie which the Brazilian has been pushing for. That’s good news all round as their first fight was one-sided and it’s highly unlikely that a second fight would go any differently.