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‘Country Breakfast’ Inducted into UFC Hall of Fame

(Great, just one more thing for Matt Hughes to lord over his brother when he gets back to the farm. PicProps: The Junkie, obviously.)

Long before he devolved into a fighter only interested in winnable bouts against other aging “legends,” there was a time during the early 2000s when – once every four months or so – you could absolutely count on Matt Hughes to show up in the UFC and beat the ever-loving dogshit out of some hopelessly overmatched opponent. That’s called consistency, people, and it’s the kind of virtue that will one day earn you a giant glass knickknack with your face stenciled on it. For Hughes, that day was Friday, when the 36-year-old former welterweight champion was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Hughes still has a rumored bout with Ricardo Almeida scheduled for UFC 117 and admittedly, it’s a little weird that the UFC insists on putting guys into its hall of fame while they’re still active competitors with the company. Almost like Dana White is trying to tell them something …

No matter what you think of Hughes as a human being, the résumé is pretty impressive: During his 12 years as an pro, Hughes has compiled a record of 44-7 and his 17 UFC wins still stand as the most all-time. He’s held the 170-pound belt twice, put together two separate six-fight win streaks, appeared as a coach on a couple seasons of “The Ultimate Fighter” and competed in what White (and this author) call the greatest fight in the organization’s history, when he defeated Frank Trigg at UFC 52 in April of 2005.

There were also some low-lights, obviously.  His dabbling in the striking game during the late stages of his career had mostly disastrous consequences and recent losses to Georges St. Pierre (twice) and Thiago Alves contributed to him looking more and more vulnerable with every appearance in the cage. Though he won his last fight against Renzo Gracie at UFC 112 in April, Hughes’ performance made it easy to question the wisdom of sticking around much longer as an active fighter.

There isn’t much more for Hughes to accomplish in the Octagon and the fact that he did it all while coming off as perhaps not the nicest guy in the world really only added to his mystique. At this point, if he wants to ride out a couple more appearances beating up the Gracies and Matt Serras of the world, it’s hard to argue that he hasn’t earned it.

Next up, a creepy, life-size wax statue, perhaps?

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fatbellyfrank- May 31, 2010 at 4:42 am
and see if you can capture the kaleidoscope of emotions Hughes displays via various angles and expressions of the cows head
ghostboner- May 31, 2010 at 3:16 am
See?? Lex thought he needs a cow head too. Get to work Guusbuster. Please?
fatbellyfrank- May 30, 2010 at 8:03 pm
I don't think I've ever seen such a range of emotions as that shown by Cuntry Brekfus on his receipt of this award
MKO- May 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm
Wait. That's not a life size wax figure?
Lex Talionis- May 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm
The mental image of his head being the darigold cow with that outfit on fucked me up. Well played.
cecils_pupils- May 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm
Who needs an expensive trophy?... for $2.00 and you can have biscuits-n-gravy with eggs at Denny's. Sold.
Savageleto- May 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm
...I wonder if Jesus will like it?
ghostboner- May 29, 2010 at 1:43 pm
"Country Breakfast" Inducted into UFC Hall Of Fame", that is a funny title. But it really could have used a photoshop to illustrate the point. Coundn't you have just changed matt's head in to some eggs & bacon? Or the cow from the Darigold logo would work just fine. Or any cow really. Matt Hughes in his church finery just isn't funny enough for me.
Harry Nips- May 29, 2010 at 1:17 pm
Hughes hasn't looked this disappointed since he found out the family cow he had been milking all those years was actually the family bull.
mikesite- May 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm
it really speaks to the dynamic of your charactor when your making the same dim whitted face thats on a plaque someone is handing you.
Cut-Throat- May 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm
Because if you can't get past a cold breakfast, who can you get past?
Mr_Misanthropy- May 29, 2010 at 11:50 am
Are those stain resistant Dockers? Hughes looks like he got his get-up at the JCPenney back-to-school discount table.
leonard cohen- May 29, 2010 at 11:27 am
Does it say the writer's name anywhere on here?
KimboSlice- May 29, 2010 at 11:16 am
I love how everyone that gets inducted into UFC hall of fame never smiles.
cagefightmon- May 29, 2010 at 11:14 am
D-bag hall of fame inductee, Matt Hughes. Now go retire, Shrek jr.
danomite- May 29, 2010 at 11:10 am
nice to see dana dressed up for the event

wait, i just realized that there's a very good chance this ceremony was held in a golden corral so he might actually be overdressed.