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Tim Hague Believes His Path Back to the UFC Runs Through 51-Year-Old Maurice Smith

(Maurice Smith? I thought he was dead.)

Twice fired UFC heavyweight Tim Hague is determined to get back to the Octagon, but his choice of opponent for his upcoming fight likely won’t garner him another invite to the big show from matchmaker Joe Silva.

Hague (13-5), who spent a week at Brock Lesnar‘s Death Clutch gym to help the former UFC heavyweight champion prepare for his UFC 141 fight with Alistair Overeem is slated to take on aging UFC veteran Maurice Smith (12-13) in Brazil on January 20 under the Kumite Combate banner.

For those of us who thought Smith had retired, he pretty much did.

The 51-year-old, who is old enough to be Hague’s dad, hasn’t fought since 2008 when he lost to Hidehiko Yoshida by neck crank a Sengoku 3. That bout was only his third since being dropped by the UFC in 2000 after a loss at UFC 28.

Hague, 28, is 1-0 since being dropped by the UFC this time around with a win over 40-year-old 20-22-1 fighter Vince Lucero who is winless in his last 10 fights. “The Thrashing Machine” is 1-4 in five UFC starts with a win over Pat Barry and losses to Todd Duffee, Chris Tuscherer, Joey Beltran and Matt Mitrione.

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LivinLargeXX- December 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm
It is still the same thing, two roid filled idiots start a verbal joust that could only be carried on with the continued use of both a dictionatry and thesaurus.Grow up boys we all know how smart you are. Sorry about you sister bro., nice move. I don't know what I would have done if I were in the same situation.
twodragunns- December 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm
Wow lots of fighter bashing here at CP, didn't think it was allowed here, but maybe a mod will come along and get rid of anything that demeans a professional mma fighter.
macreadysshack- December 23, 2011 at 9:07 am
Haha, damn straight, Nova. Big time.
XENOPHON- December 23, 2011 at 8:55 am
Talk about the biggest "dud fight of the year."
How many other websites carried this story?
EnemyofReality- December 23, 2011 at 3:23 am
Mo has a little something left in the furnace. Hague needs to contact Andrei Arlovski's man-scaper.
Ars Nova- December 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm
i lose.
macreadysshack- December 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm
Let's all keep our goddamn dignity intact so we can take ourselves as seriously as fucking possible.
Miles- December 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm
Tim "Strikeforce Challenger" Hague
macreadysshack- December 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm
Yeah, you fucker, RwilsonR. Making fun of people is WAAAAYYY offsides here on CP. If you want to tease somebody, go read the book I just wrote about the time I kissed a ladyboy on the comments of the 'Junie Browning Manhunt is Over' feature.
Ars Nova- December 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm
Yeah, because a degree in journalism is deemed illegitimate by a single mistake.

You know, it's one thing to point out something incorrect. It's another when you belittle someone for your own satisfaction.
RwilsonR- December 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm
Is 1-4 in four UFC starts? That's Journalism degrees, for ya.
Ars Nova- December 22, 2011 at 6:47 pm
Well, considering his only legitimate win was against Travis Wiuff, I would have to agree.
Liverpunch- December 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm
Unless he chokes Smith out with a standing guillotine and then lets his unconscious body drop to the mat like a piss-drunk Brazilian, I really don't see Tim ever coming back.
Ars Nova- December 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm
I hope Maurice Smith wins.

He KO'ed Minoru fucking Suzuki in '93. the guy's a legend and pioneer of MMA.