(Whaddaya say, Royce. Wanna do it again?)
Matt Hughes may not know exactly what he wants to do with the new four-fight contract that he signed with the UFC, but he definitely knows what he doesn’t want to do. Fights with young welterweight up-and-comers like Josh Koscheck and Mike Swick? Not interested. A third chance at getting his first victory over Denis Hallman? No thanks. How about simply completing the entire four-fight deal? No guarantees there, either. So what the hell does Hughes want to do with the remainder of his career? I don’t know, you got any more washed-up legends laying around?
As far as who I fight next? You know, looking at these younger kids who are wanting to come in and be the next world champion or be the next contender, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t know if I’ll take on those guys. There are plenty of older guys out there with big names who can fight, too. I like to take fights where I’ve got something to win. If I take a fight against Mike Swick or Josh Kosheck, I’ve really got nothing to gain from that fight besides a paycheck and beating somebody up. They’ve got more to win than I do. Those aren’t the kinds of fights that interest me.
Royce Gracie was a big fight, you know? It was a huge name, a guy that had won the old tournaments in the beginning. Those are the fights I like, the ones I can really get revved up for and get motivated. Those are the kinds of fights that gets me into the gym ready to train and work.
In other words, Hughes only wants to fight very beatable aging legends. And that doesn’t just mean aging fighters. When asked whether he’d like to fight Hallman, who’s beaten him twice, he said he didn’t like the idea because he’s “gone on and done bigger and better things since then,” while Hallman “hasn’t done anything since.” Okay, fair point. How about one more go-round with Frank Trigg, just for the hell of it?
“I’ve seen lots of people talking about me fighting Frank Trigg, but I don’t think anyone within the UFC is interested in seeing that again.”
Dammit Matt, why don’t you suggest someone if you hate everybody else’s ideas. And no, you can’t fight Royce Gracie again, so name someone else. See, not so easy, is it? That’s because the only aging welterweight legend left in the UFC is you. To these younger guys, you’re the Royce Gracie of today. And yeah, I know that kind of sucks. But what can you do? Circle of life, buddy. It’s a bitch.