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Matt Hughes Says Loss to Penn at UFC 123 Pushed him One Step Closer to Retirement

(Well, it could be worse, I guess; my kid could be a Brock fan.")

Well, it looks like Matt Hughes may be taking his KO loss to BJ Penn at UFC 123 a bit harder than we thought.

The former UFC welterweight champ wrote on his blog this week that the outcome of the fight has him more closely considering retirement.

Here what Hughes’ thoughts are on the situation:

"A lot of people have been asking about the fight and how I am doing. Of course, the fight didn’t go like I had planned it. I knew BJ was going to be in shape, but I didn’t know he was going to come in with a game plan and really look for my tendencies. I think BJ knew I was going to come in throwing my jab and I think he had a game plan for that," Hughes explains. "He hit me with a hard right hand that I never saw coming. It’s funny how styles make fights and I’m not at all like Frankie Edgar. So it just kind of stinks that BJ came off two losses and then ended up beating me in less than 30 seconds. I knew BJ was going to be tough that first round. I was trying to get him into the second and the third round where I could wear on him, slow him down and soften him up a little bit; but it just didn’t go that way."

"I don’t know what I’ll do now. I’m definitely going to take the winter off and some of the spring," he says. "I had three fights this year, so I’ve just got some other things I want to do; but I will say that this was one big step closer to retirement for me."

Before we all go believing that we may have seen the last of "Ol’ Country Breakfast" in the Octagon, keep in mind this isn’t the first time Hughes got his ass kicked and said he may be done fighting.

Following back to back losses at the hands of welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and Thiago Alves, Hughes, who was 1-3 in four fights at the time hinted that if he lost his UFC 98 bout with Matt Serra, that he may hang up the gloves.

The scenario never played out.

Hughes beat Serra by unanimous decision and went on to defeat "The Terra’s" mentor Renzo Gracie and teammate Ricardo Almeida before being sat down by Penn two weeks ago.

So unless Hughes gets beat decisively two more times, don’t expect the 37-year-old Hilsborough, Illinois native to retire to his farm any time soon.

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Kimbos Bread- December 4, 2010 at 8:37 am
Russo must be reffering to the shirt the little boy is wearing in comparison to the racist shirt Hughes had:


Anywho, regardless of whether Hughes is racist, being a racist farm boy cracker is hardly the fault of the individual. It's from years of inbreeding and home schooling.
KarmaAteMyCat- December 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm
@ Harry Russo

I think that staff infection has started to distort reality for you, please see a doctor.
cecils_pupils- December 3, 2010 at 7:02 pm
Xian is the capital of the Shaanxi Province in China - they are yellow people, not white. The people of China would appreciate it if you would not confuse their fine city with your errant attempt at social commentary.

Get your slurs straight. It's Zion - as in zionist/zionism. Not Xian.
cagefightmon- December 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm
Matt should go into the hunting business--take people out to shoot wild pigs at point blank range. Hurry up and retire --tired of seeing your bitchy little ass talk about stupid shit.
Waxedpants- December 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm
@Harry Russo
"Hypogonadism" -- go look up the definition , learn it , love it
then come back with a post that makes sense
Smitty- December 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm
Harry Russo was beat up by black people when he was growing up.
Gener- December 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm
Wise decision. He doesn't need to be made to like what he made Royce Gracie look like in their fight.... I mean any more.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- December 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm
i dont know what youre trying to say but your attempt in being funny isnt working
HEY- December 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm
@ Harry Russo

What the fuck does that even mean?
Mike Russell- December 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm
 I was referring to the dick tattoo...
Harry Russo- December 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm
Yeah. Sure. Hughes would much rather have the young white boy emulate and idolize a black man than another fag and nigger hating Xian cracker.
Almost North- December 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm
Hopefully he continues to shoot guns in an effeminate manner for internet videos.