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Matt Hughes Predicts the Demise of Strikeforce


(This Christmas, why not give the gift that will rest on your child’s bedside table, silently judging him while he sleeps?)

Matt Hughes doesn’t want to alarm anyone, but he’s pretty sure that Strikeforce is doomed. It’s no one’s fault — other than Showtime, which is totally at fault — but we all might as well accept it, according to Country Breakfast.  Hughes updated his blog today, discussing the disappointing turn of events that led to his bro-4-life Robbie Lawler going fightless on Saturday night. Hughes makes vague reference to Showtime’s interference in the process, and seems to believe that this will be Strikeforce’s undoing, sooner rather than later. Wrote Hughes:

Last week I was in California with Robbie, Pena, and Foster, hoping they would find a replacement so Robbie could fight. It didn’t happen and I guess I’m just spoiled being with the UFC. From what I understand, Showtime really likes to stick their nose in Strikeforce’s business and because of that I don’t think that Strikeforce will be around for much longer; but enough with that.

That’s a bummer. Especially for all the fighters planning on competing on their next CBS show in April. For all we know, Strikeforce may not even be around by then. Someone better go tell Scott Coker, but be gentle. This isn’t going to be easy for him to hear.

Hughes didn’t stop with visions of Strikeforce’s coming collapse, however. He also answered critics who say that his planned scrap with Renzo Gracie in Abu Dhabi on April 10 is a pointless bout:

Been some talk about Renzo and some people are wondering why I would fight him. I think he is a very formidable opponent and I would say he is the best of the Gracies. I don’t think it would be fair to compare him to Royce. Renzo and I have some history as he is the last guy to beat Pat Miletich and I have beat a couple of his students. I beat Ricardo Almeda back in Abu Dhabi and I just got done beating Matt Serra. Both motivating reasons for us to fight each other. One thing I’ll say about Renzo is that he is one of the nicest guys out there, but that won’t stop me from keeping myself motivated and doing my job. It was great to get with Matt Pena last week and start working on some things. I already know what to stay away from on the ground.

As manufactured reasons for making a fight seem important go, that’s not too bad an effort. They both beat friends, teachers, and students of one another, so what the hell. Might as well get in there together and see what happens. We’re sold. I mean, as long as they’re both hanging around with nothing else to do, right?

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robthom- December 23, 2009 at 10:55 am
"i'm sorry but those round 5 figures are

FUCKING

HORRIBLE"


+1

I'll never forgive them for fucking up the Gina doll.

Although that Matt Hughes is probably the most interesting one I've seen.
Its so condescending and judgmental, they did capture that part.
Its like a Christian Chucky doll.
portland mma- December 22, 2009 at 7:42 am
Showtime probably is a bunch of d bags but Trevor Prangley pulled out of the fight like 2 or 3 days before it was supposed to happen. I can't think of a lot of guys that want to fight someone on 2 days notice especially Robbie Lawler.

However, while eating beef jerky and shooting stuff Hughes has slowly earned his MBA from Yale and has really mastered his analysis of Corporate business models so I feel his statements are warranted.
Robocop Didnt Tap- December 22, 2009 at 7:34 am
@ Beef

I concur. The Matt Hughes "action figure" (and I use the word action very loosely) looks like a hilljack version of a Hobbit. The hands and feet alone make him look like he should be traveling with the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow.
831 Father- December 22, 2009 at 7:28 am
Like the AKA WWs are relevant:
-KOS fights a lot, I'll give him that. Tried angling for a title shot. Didn't get it. Now gets to avenge his loss against Thiago.
-Mike Swick had a win streak beating up scrubs for the most part. Got owned by fucking Dan Hardy for all people. Irrelevant in WW division now.
-Fitch wins fights by boring decisions and is no closer to a GSP rematch. Has not improved his standup one bit since the GSP loss.
TylerDyrden- December 21, 2009 at 11:31 pm
the moment that MATT HUGHES accepts and defeats a single member of American Kickbox Academy is the moment he becomes relevant again....deal?
ghostboner- December 21, 2009 at 11:12 pm
@cagefightmon - Barrack is that you? I'm afaid you have exposed your true identity. Time to get a new username. Unless you want us all to start grilling you about this 1200 page health reform bill every time you post.
Beef Merciful- December 21, 2009 at 9:59 pm
i'm sorry but those round 5 figures are

FUCKING


HORRIBLE
cagefightmon- December 21, 2009 at 9:30 pm
Shut-up, Matt, you has been!
Don't you have a deer to shoot with your AK-47 inside your barn?!
Go Away already. . . and push your gospel desires to your inbred followers
Harry Sack- December 21, 2009 at 7:38 pm
Wow even his typed out pre-fight comments feel condescending and bland ... I somehow feel as though I was there, and yet, disappointed at the same time.
Sully- December 21, 2009 at 7:18 pm
I'd rather hear matt hughes tell me about the end of the world than listen to his advice on anything that deals with business
Randy Pan- December 21, 2009 at 7:02 pm
Matt Hughes used to be such a great fighter...
Now he's arguing with critics about the continued relevance of his career.
Oh, how the times have changed.
steampunk22- December 21, 2009 at 6:42 pm
@Tylerdyrden

The only book that Matt Hughes ever wrote, that you should ever buy, is the bible. Come on now, you knew that.
TylerDyrden- December 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm
^steampunk22

matt hughes wrote the bible?! i thought it was prophets and junk...mmhhh. learn something new and useless everyday i guess
exes.for.iballs- December 21, 2009 at 5:56 pm
That sucks. I like strikeforce, but Matt Hughes said it, so it must be true.
KidDinomite- December 21, 2009 at 5:23 pm
Hughes is a hick with some wrestling ability, nothing more. He is completely irrelevant in the UFC and is ducking every fighter from AKA. He needs to retire already.
TylerDyrden- December 21, 2009 at 4:46 pm
i didnt even read this article yet....im still pissed that hughes robbed me when i bought AND read his stupid book. what a crappy read.
skeletor- December 21, 2009 at 4:11 pm
Well Hughes has never been wrong before. Only a matter of time before Renzo is atop every pound for pound best list. When SF goes out of business Fedor will most likely drop down the list due to inactivity, and beating Hughes is a huge accomplishment these days.
GenZod- December 21, 2009 at 4:05 pm
Sounds like Coker beat Hughes to the breakfast buffet line in Cali...I don't read too much into it.

Merlin- December 21, 2009 at 3:59 pm
Just found the perfect replacement for that family heirloom Christmas angel perched atop our tree.

n 1st again!
UFC fan- December 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm
awesome me and Matt hughes both agree.....excuse me while I go shoot myself.
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