(The best part about going to a Bentley dealership? Signing the lease agreement.)
His showdown with fellow MMA legend Renzo Gracie is still about four months away, but Matt Hughes is beginning to slowly work his way into training camp. The former UFC welterweight champ wrote on his blog that it’s not quite as easy to get into fighting shape as he gets on in years, so he’s starting early and taking it slow. As for how he’s preparing for the bout after his recent lackluster outings, Hughes seems to have figured out that as awesome as the HIT Squad and its camouflage mats might be, he needs to seek outside help from time to time.
Hughes says he’ll be doing some of his training out in Utah with Matt Pena, Demarques Johnson, and his “ground wizard,” Jeremy Horn (seen here overseeing the execution of a fat kid). Either this is a sign that Hughes is looking for any excuse to get out of changing diapers, or else he realizes that he needs a good showing against Gracie if he wants to stick around in the UFC without becoming fodder for the young bucks. Just from what he saw while kicking back and watching Spike TV, he seems like he might be a tad concerned about how the UFC will guard his legacy in the years to come:
I was over at my in-laws last night and they had the TV channel set to Spike and they were watching the UFC’s Ultimate 100. It was interesting to see how many fights of mine made the show. To be honest, I think more of my losses made it onto the show than my wins. Still scratching my head on that and don’t know exactly how to take it. I guess win or lose people like my fights.
Think of it this way, Matt. At least you’re not Frank Trigg, who can’t watch more than thirty seconds of a UFC highlight reel without seeing a particularly bad night in his life played over and over again.