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Matt Hughes: ‘If GSP Has His Head Screwed on Straight’ He’ll Beat Anderson Silva

If you missed the video this weekend, former UFC welterweight champ Matt Hughes let fly with a bold prediction during the Q&A session he did prior to the UFC 132 weigh-ins Friday. Besides saying that he thinks longtime nemesis Georges St-Pierre will beat Nick Diaz in October, Hughes stated matter-of-factly that he feels that the French Canadian will also take out Anderson Silva if and when the pair eventually meet.

“Against Diaz, I think he’s gonna do real good. This will be the first time that he’s gonna be facing somebody that will be in better shape than he is. Diaz is in great shape and that will be the only thing I think Diaz is gonna have an edge on is the shape. But GSP is not gonna wear out. I think Striking, submissions and ground work, he’s gonna win every one of them,” Hughes said. “I think the only thing, Diaz is so different with his striking. Maybe he’s gonna land something like he did against Robbie Lawler that one time that’s gonna kinda come out of left field, but I see GSP winning. To take that a step further, I think if he fights Anderson Silva, if GSP has his head screwed on straight, I see him winning that fight as well.”

In spite of his predictions, Hughes insinuated that St-Pierre is fighting not to lose his belt and that mentally he is still showing some signs of weakness, but pointed out that if he starts fighting hungry like he did before he won the belt, he’ll become a dangerous fighter again.

“I think mentally is where GSP would have a weak spot [against Diaz]. I think he maybe does go in where he has the attitude where he’s the champ right now, he’s making good money and he sees maybe that loss would put a little blunder there. I really think that if he got over that…When I was champion, I stepped into my rematches or my title defenses as not, I didn’t want to lose my belt, but I was gonna go in and win a new belt. So that was my mentality every time I had a defense, it was, ‘I’m gonna win a new belt.’ Not, ‘I’m defending my belt.’ He’s defending his belt.”

In a weekend blog posting on his website, Hughes gave his thoughts on the weekend’s card. It was interesting to read what he had to say about Tito, who he seems to think should have been let go a while ago.

“The UFC was pretty interesting. Tito did win against a tough opponent, so I guess he’s still alive in the UFC. Although it has been a little while – his last two wins in the octagon were in ‘06 against Ken Shamrock. Tito is one of those guys that feels he needs to be in the public eye to feel good about himself; so maybe this win will boost his self-confidence,” Hughes wrote. “The Chris Leben fight didn’t quite go like I thought it would, I just didn’t think it would end that quick and as the title of this blog implies, Boomer lost to me again. The title fight was pretty interesting, Cruz was just too quick and too unorthodox for Urijah. I do agree with the judges’ decision, but Urijah could have gotten that fourth round and I’m a definite believer that you’ve got to beat the champ.”

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Machineboi- July 6, 2011 at 7:11 am
I agree with Suckmyskywalker He is just pissed that so many minorities are moving up in his precious "pure sport" ...Well get used to it cause its going to happen
SuckMySkyWalker- July 5, 2011 at 9:17 pm
suck my skywalker you fkn queer bait. Hughes is just a racist sac of cock nuggets. Hes just picking his version of the "lesser of 2 evils" by picking the white french-man over the brazilian-slumdog who happens to be the greatest thing to happen to the sport. Eat rhinocerous mucus Hughes. Fkn no neck red neck
T.Bone- July 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm
you act like being the 3rd best of all-time is a punishment.
joshuan29- July 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm
Too bad GSP doesn't have the balls to fight Silva....GSP in the last couple of years has shown his true colors: yeller! He gets in the octagon and turns into an insurance agent with gloves and tights on, not taking any risks to finish and opponent. That's why in the "Best of All-Time" argument he is a distant third somewhere behind (in no particular order) Fedor and Anderson Silva.
FrontKick Dentist- July 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Nick has an edge in crazy-strength and pot smoking.
Barnaby Jones- July 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm
You don't completely agree with him? He's basically stating common sense here...
Diaz run marathons and can box...
GSP is obviously fighting not to lose...
Tito has a small head and a girlfriend that has seen more shaft than an elevator...
mmacanada- July 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm
Fuck his angle who cares.
the silver hawaiian- July 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm
"Oh, the guy who beat me [twice]? No, no way he'll lose to _____________."
Machiavelli- July 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm
There's always an angle, what is Matt's?
Stak40- July 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm
And why do we give a fuck what Hughes says? Of course he is going to hype the man who sent his career on a downward spiral.
Fried Taco- July 5, 2011 at 11:47 am
Matt looks like he's explaining how to use your credit cards to buy properties and then turn them around for a profit.