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Matt Hughes Grapples With Injuries and Legal Woes

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Busy week for Matt Hughes. On his website the former welterweight champ revealed that he has a totally torn MCL and a partially torn PCL. He says he’s holding off on surgery in the hopes that the tears will repair themselves.

In other Hughes news, he settled out of court with one Jed Leist who alleged that Hughes had battered and assaulted him, among other things. Sherdog has the scoop:

The suit contended Hughes and/or other unnamed defendants “grabbed and placed” Leist in a hold “as to cause injury and damage.” Hughes’ actions were “unwanted, not consented or authorized,” by the plaintiff and inflicted “over his protests,” stated the documents.

Prior to the dismissal, Leist was seeking damages in excess of $10,000 per each charge plus attorney’s fees and additional expenses due to “severe humiliation, mental anguish and emotional distress.”

The suit also claimed Leist was both partially and permanently disabled from the alleged assault.

That’s weird. Assaulting people in public for no reason doesn’t sound like something Hughes would do. Oh, wait. There’s this extra little nugget of information:

An anonymous source in the fight community who was not an eyewitness to the incident told that Leist approached Hughes and asked the wrestler to put him in a rear-naked choke for a photo.

According to the source, Hughes obliged Leist’s requests for him to tighten the choke “for realism” and forced Leist to tap out. Hughes then walked away, though Leist appeared to be nearly choked unconscious.

Wow. I’d like to say the guy got what he deserved, realism included, but if they settled out of court it also sounds like he got some of Hughes’ money, which he probably did not really deserve. Just one more reason to hate the judicial system.

All this Matt Hughes talk has got me hankering for a taste of the good old days. That, and for some down home musical goodness. There’s only one way to fix both these problems at once. Highlight video!

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Sted- June 28, 2008 at 6:38 am
I hate Hughes (unlike his fans I can spell his name) - But he shoulda kept choking that pathetic bitch... that's all.
piffzilla- June 26, 2008 at 4:33 pm
Mega gay, that man has beaten anybody since... GSP Like 2 yaers ago. That's to ATT he can play on his lil hick farm wit his gay twin!
Armbreaker- June 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm
Everyone is missing the point. What kind of sissy society do we live in where you can't choke out someone who makes you angry? I would like to join an organization that promotes leniency toward violence that doesn't involve guns, knives, etc.
Dr.- June 26, 2008 at 2:27 pm
I love how "an anonymous source in the fight community who was NOT an eyewitness" is recounting the incident for us. Really???? Are you fucking kidding me? You didn't witness it, but we should just take your word?

C'mon, the Bullshit Radar sirens are going off. Hughes got pissed because the dude probably said something about him sucking and should retire or rethink his fight strategy. I don't put it above Hughes to give a guy a taste of a choke after being insulted.

Either that or Hughes was getting intimate with the dude and got carried away when he came.
love a good fight- June 26, 2008 at 1:27 pm
I used to be a fan at Hughes, but he sure looked opinionated and assinine on the last TUF season he coached. With the whole Bible thing... come on dude. Shut up and fight and keep your opinions to yourself or someone who asks for it.
These days though, is anyone really surprised some one took advantage of the system to make a quick buck?
Douchebaggery- June 26, 2008 at 11:16 am
wow, I didn't think Kid Rock sucked that bad. I was hoping that was Matt Hughes singing it himself.
ThatGuy- June 26, 2008 at 5:26 am
god, did you hear him slaughter that hank williams jr. song?
ol'pappy- June 26, 2008 at 4:21 am
kid rock sucks horribly
PotatoHead- June 26, 2008 at 3:48 am
Gentlemen, I don't know Kid Rock from a sack of potatos... but Hank Williams, Jr's a Country Music legend and "A Country Boy Can Survive" is a white trash, redneck classic.

Would you have preferred "Coal Miner's Daughter"???

Good night, guys.
CB would like to say- June 26, 2008 at 1:54 am
shitwhistle - don't blame Kid Rock - that was a remake of a Hank Williams Jr track.

Poor'd almost feel bad for him if he wasn't such a cocky douche.
shitwhistle- June 26, 2008 at 1:31 am
Is that song for real? I mean, like really real?
I mean... really?
As I'm typing, I found out it's kid rock (he says it)? That is really stupid. Really.
Worst lyrics ever....
Rumbler- June 26, 2008 at 12:58 am
What an ass...I'm sure he was a fan, but still couldn't resist a chance at getting a quick payday.

Dusty- June 26, 2008 at 12:18 am
I used to not care for Huges when he was on top -- however, he kinda grew on me during his second season of TUF. Being that he has been the underdog and a lot of people boo him now that he's not a slamming/ground n pound machine, I kinda feel for him and truly believe he's a decent guy. That guy that he submitted on the street was probably talking shit -- Huges is a pretty just guy and would only take care of business if someone was offending him. In any event, Huges is one of the top (5) fighters of all time and you can't argue that!
Anonymous- June 26, 2008 at 12:06 am
trigg is a douche bag!!!
Anonymous- June 25, 2008 at 11:31 pm
He he, nice to see that Wanderlei wasnt the first one to use the old rape-choke. Like the others said, poor Trigg.
sol- June 25, 2008 at 11:14 pm
rear naked choke*
sol- June 25, 2008 at 11:13 pm
i find it funny how you linked a clip that ends with a rear naken choke, when that's what he got sued for :P
Anonymous- June 25, 2008 at 10:08 pm
poor twinkle toes trigg, that was an embarrasing clip for him.
Anonymous- June 25, 2008 at 9:53 pm