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Weird Fight Alert: Sanchez vs. Hughes Confirmed for Fall

(Our thoughts exactly, Diego.)

This would appear to put to rest not only Royce Gracie’s aspirations to rematch Matt Hughes at UFC: Rio, but also an immediate bout for Diego Sanchez against any of the numerous dudes he’s been beefing with on Twitter: The horse’s mouth itself – – confirmed on Thursday that Hughes and Sanchez will face-off at an event to be named later, likely in the fall. So that’s weird.

We might’ve thought Sanchez deserved better, after squeaking by Martin Kampmann via relentless disregard for his own face at the latest UFC on Versus show. Meanwhile, Hughes – who is 37 – has recently grumbled about retirement and appeared to indicate he’d only like to fight fellow old guys who he might actually be able to beat from here on out. This appears to be an odd little piece of matchmaking for both guys.

Hughes has one fight left on his contract and has said he’s uncertain whether he’ll ink a new one. That means there’s at least a decent possibility this bout against Sanchez might be his last. Guess it’s marketable enough, with Sanchez proclaiming Hughes one of his idols, the two having comparable styles and each guy being totally crazy in his own unique way.

Sanchez is currently riding a two-fight win streak after losing his welterweight comeback bid to John Hathaway at UFC 114. Both those victories – over Kampmann in March and Paulo Thiago last October – won him Fight of the Night honors. By comparison, Hughes saw his own three-fight streak snapped by a 21-second knockout at the hands of BJ Penn at UFC 123.

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SnackDaddy- April 28, 2011 at 11:45 pm
Winning the fight of the night bonus would be a pretty epic way for hughes to bow out. Maybe that's what dana has in mind. though it's hard to say. the guy's a moron.
SnackDaddy- April 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm
Dana would not want Hughes to get knocked out and retire cause he just inducted him in the hall of fame.
this is a very random match-up. but a good one none the less. they both have every contrasting styles and are about the same level of competition. i'd pay to see it.
PERPATRAITOR- April 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm
lol @irisooo "believe me, trust me"

anwyays. this fight is pointless. i think it's a fluffer fight to give sanchez. dana is getting hughes knocked out and retired. also getting together the SUPERFIGHT DIAZ VS SANCHEZ 2. either way, dana gets what he wants.....and so do i. muahh ahahahhhhh

Mongrel- April 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm
For Diego a match-up against Hughes is justifiable after an unconvincing win over Kampmann. Also, considering BJ is up there now, fighting the top 5 at 170, and having just beaten Hughes... it seems this fight is reasonably valid.
Hughes may be old, but he's one tough s.o.b for anyone. I'm interested to see what happens.
dillweed- April 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm
Hughes is one of my all time favorite fighters but unfortunately if the wind blows too hard these days it'll put him on queer street, much less a good stiff jab from Sanchez. Dude has to be worried about long term effects by now, but whatever...
Romanhelmut- April 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm
Spam douche above one reads your shit. I don't really see how this benefits either fighter. Hughes is acting like Randy (on and off) so not sure what he plans on if he wins....and Sanchez if he wins looks like he is just following what Penn did with an aging fighter....and if he loses...well.
RwilsonR- April 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm
I'm with whoever wrote this... odd fight. Not really that excited about it.
blackboxmma- April 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm
Diego’s brain needs a break and he's not that dangerous of an opponent for Hughes. Makes sense to me
fatbellyfrank- April 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm
Worth watching
jfjjfjff- April 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm
lol @ rsparrow
RSparrow- April 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm
If I was on mushrooms I think both of these guys would be the absolute worst people to hang out with.
Smitty- April 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm
I hate it when people say ground fighting is boring.
BONGTAR- April 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm
I just dont see this as a great fight. My thoughts are we will most likely see a technical ground battle, aka a snoozer to the casual fan. It has the potential to be a grappling clininc that might be worth watching though....
Kroc- April 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm
more like awesome fight alert

Kid Clam Curtains- April 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm
I never thought I'd pull for Matt Hughes in a fight.
Gener- April 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Diego's shape and the beating he took against Kampmann put him is a questionable place...

Matt Hughes quick knock out loss to BJ begs the question - is he done?

Both guys are really popular.

I say it sounds like a good undercard fight to look forward to.
Snitches_get_stitches- April 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm
Spicymeatball- April 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm