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Matt Hughes Easing Back Into Training Like an Old Man Into a Hot Bath

(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.

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KTM 212- January 19, 2010 at 8:11 am
I have always been a Matt fan, but he is starting to get on alot of peoples nerves b/c he still thinks hes as good as GSP and other top guys. He is losing fans by acting this way. I wish they would just put him up agianst Trigg and Serra over and over!! I hate them ass bags!!
SiDeBuRnZ- January 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm
Peter Griffin- January 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm
Frank Trigg is a pussy ass bitch
Organ Donor- January 18, 2010 at 11:43 am
That picture was photoshopped. Look at the way her hand is cut off in a straight line.

We were deprived a few key inches of boobage.
GroundFighterMMA- January 18, 2010 at 11:17 am
More like Matt LOSE....Am I right?....Anybody?....Thats fine I was leaving anyway.
FreddyFangers- January 18, 2010 at 11:17 am
I really hate Hughes, but I dont think Renzo has a chance in hell to beat him.
denver_rolling- January 18, 2010 at 11:10 am
God I hope Renzo fucks you up, HUGHES
steampunk22- January 18, 2010 at 11:08 am
Due to her lack of Christian shame, Matt Hughes punched the young woman square in the face.

Also, is he holding that marker just, like with his fist? Like how a 4 year old would hold it?

I hate to say it, but I kind of want Hughes to lose this fight. I'm just...tired of Hughes I think. Old, tired, not exciting, clearly doesnt want to (or cant) compete. Yeah, hang 'em up guy.
ReX13- January 18, 2010 at 11:06 am
That pic was taken at entirely the wrong angle.

And here's hoping Hughes get tooled by Renzo. Then Rolles. Then Kyra.

(Yes, i'm aware that Rolles is a heavyweight. I'm assuming Hughes gains fifty pounds of baby-and-old-man weight.)

GetUpAndKill- January 18, 2010 at 11:05 am
Ya there.
Kimbos Bread- January 18, 2010 at 11:01 am

Is that Cindy Crawford?

And my message to Hughes:

No. Most of your lost fights made it to the top 100 because most MMA fans just love watching you get the "country breakfast" kicked out of you.