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Report: Hughes Vs. Almeida in the Works for UFC 117

(Big Dog is planning to eat Matt Hughes‘ country breakfast August 7.)

According to an MMA Weekly report, a bout between former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes and Renzo Gracie disciple, Ricardo Almeida is in the works for UFC 117, August 7 in Oakland, CA.

Almeida will be looking bring a “W” and honor back to the Gracie academy while seeking revenge for Renzo and his other UFC-employed black belt, Matt Serra – both of whom were defeated by Hughes in the past year. Serra shared “Fight of the Night” honors in a unanimous decision loss with Hughes at UFC 98, while the aging Gracie was crippled with leg kicks by the Hillsborough, IL native who eventually pulled the trigger on a TKO victory in the third and final frame of their fight at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, UAE earlier this month. Hughes also holds a win over Renzo’s cousin, UFC legend Royce Gracie.

Defeating Matt Brown decisively in his first fight as a welterweight this past March, Almeida proved that he made the right choice to drop down to compete in the 170-pound class. Following his longtime mentor’s loss in the UAE, "Big Dog" made no secret of his desire to square off with Hughes and it sounds as though he will get his opportunity to do just that in August.

Unnamed sources close to the situation told Damon Martin that negotiations are ongoing, and that although no bout agreements have been legitimized, both fighters have verbally agreed to the fight.

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Mr_Misanthropy- April 26, 2010 at 1:26 am
Yup, at some point it gets so you can't really run that horse around the track anymore, might blow out a knee or fracture a leg bone. Best put 'im out to pasture, maybe get some stud fees... then of course there's always glue or dog food...
David_Banner- April 25, 2010 at 8:39 am
macreadysshack, I think we see something else completely. Your view I def agree with to a curtain extent but I think Matts thing is his pride and the people that surround him. His friends and family man, they are literally like the Iron Curtain, nothing gets in, he is completely insulated from all the criticisims and opinions of others.

I have always said Matt needs to take up, at least partially, training somewhere outside of HitSquad to gain a fresh perspective. That has always been met with, by his friends ect, with harsh criticism. He is fiercely loyal to his friends, the UFC and his family and if he can't win with them in his corner, it seems to me he'd rather not win at all. I respect that a lot and it does force the question, is winning more important then ones honor? To some, like Hughes, it is not.
side.check.kick- April 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm
I think matt hughes is a fuckbag but I'll watch him get his ass kicked, no problem!
richorama- April 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm
Can we all take a moment and give Bongtar a little love? That was some funny shit, yo.
Kimbos Bread- April 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Pumpkin Escobar ftw!
Mr_Misanthropy- April 24, 2010 at 11:50 am
My three cents:

Miletich >> Spamfrock on the Microphone

Edith was the shit- they prolly fired her cause every time she got up to do a round it made their broadcast go NC-17.

Has Matt Hughes ever headlined a card from the Corn Palace?
LockDown- April 24, 2010 at 10:08 am
macreadysshack- April 24, 2010 at 8:32 am
@ David_Banner

"chick with a dick" - hey now, don't dillute the conversation by bringing up the slightly more female Cyborg Santos! I got the hots for an Adam's apple girl.
macreadysshack- April 24, 2010 at 8:29 am
@ David_Banner

A couple of years ago, I'd have agreed with you about Hughes not ducking tough fights. I think, at this point, in his fights with GSP and Alves, he realized that his super powers have been surpassed by these 'young tough guys' AND also that his super powers are not what they used to be. I think that feeling of invincibility he had broke in him. He feels mortal now and he only wants fights he can win.

Coffee table psychoanalysis complete.
Cosmin- April 24, 2010 at 8:23 am
leg kick’s
David_Banner- April 24, 2010 at 6:28 am
HAHAHA Listen, its one thing to say Matt is a dick, prick, chick with a dick, whatever, but to say the guy is ducking fights and playing the coward? Cmon now..
justscrappin- April 24, 2010 at 5:33 am
When the gamma rays hit David Banner....he transformed into something paler...larger...douchier.....David Banner is.......MATT HUGHES!....HUGHES WILL SMASH!....if it's God's will of course.
David_Banner- April 24, 2010 at 5:17 am
Ok, seriously guys... Matt Hughes might come off as a jerk to some, but never in a million years would Matt Hughes ask for a easy fight. He more then jumped at the chance to fight the super prick Almeida, hell, after beating Serra, Hughes was cracking at another shot at GSP, so yeah..

Like him or not, this shiz about Hughes asking to fight "old guys" is absolute bullshit.
Ratel- April 24, 2010 at 5:15 am
i think bongtar said it best. nobody gives a shit about hughes anymore. gsp, fitch, koscheck (whom i despise), alves and any other top welterweights would crush hughes with one wrist duct-taped to an ankle.

hughes, i'm sorry to say, needs to hang 'em up and go the way of pat miletich, which is to say not fighting anybody anymore for any reason. if he wants to keep a hand in, then he can get involved in training, coaching, or backstage bible studies at events, but it's time for him to step out of the octagon.
BONGTAR- April 24, 2010 at 12:31 am
[hands in pockets kicking a rock]
Goat- April 24, 2010 at 12:00 am
I'll file this under "Fights that I'll watch only because I can imagine that it's 2008 and I give a shit" file - which, coincidentally, is next to the "Fights I watch because one of the fighters is old and old people are cool for some reason" file, which may also be an option for this fight.
Jersey Shua- April 23, 2010 at 10:56 pm
Almeida wins by total domination due to the fact that he resides in Jersey
Japanadian- April 23, 2010 at 7:21 pm
Hughes already beat Almeida in a grappling only fight and now he gets to punch him too. I think this is gonna be a hard fight for Ricardo.
robthom- April 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm
His name is Almeida?!

He looks like a white.

I guess I'd have to bet on the beaner.
Hughes seems like he's been slacking on his power recently.
fatbellyfrank- April 23, 2010 at 6:48 pm
Hmmm, maybe after 112 Ol' Cuntry Breakfas' thinks he's found the fountain of youth!I wonder if he's taking advice on career direction from Ken Shamrock?

Only time and three rounds with Almeida will tell. ( If it lasts three rounds)
jimbonics- April 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm
pumpkin escobar > arianny
jimbonics- April 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm
natasha > arianny
jimbonics- April 23, 2010 at 6:45 pm
edith > arianny
robthom- April 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm
its sure to enthrall my white power brothers.

I'll be interested in the results.
(after a fashion)
jimbonics- April 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm
logan > arianny