Former UFC welterweight champ Matt Hughes has been taking some heat for his remarks about the Georges St. Pierre-Jon Fitch bout, which he admitted to walking out on during UFC 87. But in a rare response to the media and the fans, Hughes updated his blog to address the criticism and set the record straight. Kind of:
I usually don’t do this, but I’m going to break my rule this time. There’s been so much talk about my last blog entry that it’s amazing. Some of it is legitimate thinking, some of it is just from idiots. I never said the GSP fight was boring, the reason I walked out was because I wanted to beat the crowd. I didn’t think Fitch was going to get back in the match and the fight wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. If you want, you can go look at my last blog entry and see that this is basically what I said. So people criticized me for leaving the fight early and said that was disrespectful to GSP, I disagree, I just wanted to get out of there.
Hughes also responded to a Yahoo! Sports blog entry by Steve Cofield that interpreted his ‘GSP-looked-small’ remarks to mean that Hughes was implying St. Pierre had been on steroids for previous bouts. While that might have been a little bit of a stretch, and Cofield admits as much, Hughes’ attempts at backtracking on his ‘boring’ remarks are hindered by the wonders of modern technology.
His exact words to interviewers with PWB Podcast: “I gotta be real honest though, I was kinda bored with the match.”
Woop. There it is.
Hughes also explains in this recent blog entry that fighting is his job, so it’s natural for him to get bored with it from time to time. Sort of like how you get bored at your job:
Some people just need to realize that this is what I do for a living. Now let’s take what you do for a living, go to a conference every month for a few years and see if you want to leave early during one of them.
See that? He’s relating to you on your level, corporate drones. Matt Hughes understands you.
But here’s what I’m wondering: if Hughes just walked out because he was slightly bored and wanted to avoid the crowd, why did he feel the need to go around telling people about it? He wrote it on his blog. He brought it up in the radio interview. Clearly, he wanted people to know.
Well, now they do. Probably best to let it go at that.