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Matt Hughes Brings in Miletich and Penn for UFC 135 Camp

(The old dude at the top who hasn’t figured out the fist pose just wandered out from the sauna and got in the photo. Thankfully, he put his clothes on before he did. -photo courtesy of

Matt Hughes has apparently gone back to his roots training with longtime coach Pat Miletich for his upcoming UFC 135 bout with Josh Koscheck September 24 in Denver.

The former UFC welterweight champ, whose three-fight winning streak was snapped by a knockout at the hands of BJ Penn in his last fight also flew “The Prodigy” into Hillsboro, Illinois to help him get ready for the fight, which speaks to how seriously he’s taking his training.

In a recent blog he wrote for ESPN, Hughes detailed his decision to add the two legends to the mix for this camp.

Here’s what he had to say about reuniting with his old coach, Miletich:

“It had been years since Pat and I had worked together, probably since I left the gym, which was right after “The Ultimate Fighter 6” show in 2007. After that, me, Matt (Pena), Robbie (Lawler), and Marc Fiore — the coaches for my team — all came up with the gym concept. So it’s been that long for us, but Pat and I have always stayed in contact and he’s a brother of mine, there’s no doubt about that. So it was great to get my hands on him and wrestle with him, and the thing that wasn’t so great were his quick jabs and his standup,” Hughes explained. “He’s got ferocious standup. And if you were wondering, Pat’s still got it, but he’s got it in certain time slots. He would not go three five-minute rounds, but he can have a decent five minute go, take a few minutes off, then go again later. It was great getting back in there with him. I still knew what his strengths and his weaknesses were and where he didn’t like to be and what made him uncomfortable, and I’m sure he knew what made me uncomfortable, but I was the guy who was in shape, so things kinda went my way a bit.”

(“Remember when I told you it doesn’t make you my bitch if you ride on the back of my bike? I lied.”-photo courtesy of

And here’s what he had to say about training with his old nemesis, Penn:

As far as working with B.J., who I fought three times over the years, a lot of people really raise an eyebrow when I say that he’s been training with me, but they might not know that I went out to Hawaii and helped B.J .with his takedowns for (his fight with Jon) Fitch. He’s repaying the favor I did for him and I found out a lot about B.J. when I went out to Hawaii and started training with him. We are actually a lot alike personality wise, and sense of humor wise for sure. We have a ball together and I’ve got to watch out for him because he’s quick-witted. My brother Mark is very quick-witted as well, so I’ve just gotta stay on my toes. He’ll catch me a couple times, because I’m a little naïve. But we really have a lot of fun together and we’ve found out a lot about each other since our third fight last year.

And it’s funny, but after working with both of them, I think B.J. and Robbie Lawler are a lot alike. Those two guys are extremely smart in dissecting opponents and seeing their tendencies, their weaknesses, and figuring out what they’re gonna do in a fight from watching tape. They’re very intelligent cornermen, trainers, and fighters, and it’s been important for me to have both of them around.”

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JimmyMas- September 15, 2011 at 10:11 am
between the 2 of these guys i get the feeling that there is going to be a lot of stoppages for eye pokes and low blows
XENOPHON- September 15, 2011 at 4:11 am
Camp isolation can be considered one of the worst mistakes that can made.
Training with the same couple people all the time, in the same location leaves one vulnerable, as the lull in diversity dulls the senses.
Look at it this way, training to fight in steep and rugged ice capped mountains, is useless when in a desert.
The shame is that both Penn and Hughes are now nearing the end of their ropes.
Todd M- September 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm
^ I've always thought the same thing about Hughes' standup, It's like he's just going through the motions, Remeber the time Matt Serra impersonated him on TUF, Fuckin Hilarious! That said I'm kinda rootin for the chipmonk in this one, maybe he can land an akward hook like he did on Almeida and choke Kos out, I can dream right?
FilmDrunk- September 14, 2011 at 10:57 am
I imagine Matt Hughes calling someone "quick-witted" is a lot like those people who say "that's funny" when they're not laughing. Anyway, I hope Hughes goes back to traditional stance for this one, he sucks as a southpaw. His stand-up was never good, but it's way worse when the other guy knows he's just waiting to shoot and is completely harmless.
ExpectJesusBro- September 14, 2011 at 10:07 am
How about a Hughes or Penn technique video of the day after this... fellas?
skeletor- September 14, 2011 at 9:49 am
he should have brought in Tank for his stand up and Newton for his grappling coach. I now things are a little behind the times in bum fuck illinois but shit this is not 1996 anymore. Matt's gotta step up his training or he is gonna get killed.
stevehonda1- September 14, 2011 at 9:37 am
People thought the same thing when he fought Ricardo Almeida, and look what happened.
TehBeej- September 14, 2011 at 9:28 am
Hughes gets retired with this fight. He is way outgunned