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    At times, I have been accused of hating Dana White. This is patently untrue.

    Although I call myself an MMA fan, I typically like the fighters who are in the UFC much more than those in any other organization. Other than UFC 's "mini-me," the WEC organization.

    Kind of redundant if I do say so myself, but I am sworn to tell the truth as I know it. Isn't that somewhere in the pledge of the sports' journalist's code of contact oath?

    Regardless, it is my own code of conduct. I am, if nothing else, an opinionated—yet very honest—sports fanatic.

    My current concern is the health and safety of 35-year-old Matt Hughes.

    In blogs on his own website he often alludes to using the excuse of having been frequently hit on his head, as a reason for being forgetful, especially in relation to forgetting promises he has made to his wife.

    I applaud his honesty and think his assessment of his memory is completely on-target in this case.

    I live close enough to the Hughes' farm in Illinois that I feel like I am truly sticking my neck out (although some old-timers would just accuse me of sticking my nose where it doesn't belong), because the Hughes twins could certainly ferret me out and "take care of me."

    Illinois rural areas are notorious for having bodies buried out beneath the barns, as is often reported in Midwest newspapers.

    I would not be the first old granny to meet the fate of later being discovered in my own underground cistern many years later.

    It certainly isn't wise to tempt a person who raises hogs, as the Criminal Minds TV series just made clear.

    But Dana White must be fair and also consider Matt Hughes' welfare when it comes to forcing retirement upon his oldest and best friend in the UFC.

    Matt has been an institution, just as Chuck Liddell has been. Both are faithful buddies of the UFC's big boss, have done countless favors for him, and stood by each other through good times and bad.

    After learning that Matt had to ask his own corner "if he had been knocked down" in his recent fight with Matt Serra, and did appear to "lose himself" while trying to get to his corner, it is time to become concerned with Hughes' health.

    Even though I am not a Hughes fan, I would hate for a father—who is just a year from the age my father was when he died—to risk having a stroke or irreversible brain damage.

    Young wives and children are not keen on being put in the difficult situation of losing the man of the family.

    I have survived it, but hate every day that I remember "losing my Daddy." He was my world.

    So I am pleading with Mr. White to have that same tough talk with Matt Hughes that he has had with Chuck Liddell.

    Dana, you cannot force either one of your friends into retirement, but you and Grandma Dee both know it is time to try to reason with your friend Matt Hughes.

    So have the tough talk, and we will both pray that he will follow your well-meant advice.

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    A lot of people forget what happened during a fight. I remember Doerkson being interviewed after a win (choking out Cote maybe) and he didn't remember anything (maybe not how he won).

    Hughes did forget to keep his hands up from the get go. He had reach over Serra, he should not have seemed so helpless with his standup. I also don't understand why he didn't take any real shots (the speed and timing of his shots made him champ), instead just going for upper body takedowns (which resulted in one big counter throw by Serra)
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    "you cannot force either one of your friends into retirement"

    I beg to differ, so would Dana.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pimach View Post
    "you cannot force either one of your friends into retirement"

    I beg to differ, so would Dana.
    He wouldn't want them fighting elsewhere, otherwise it would be easy for him not to resign them and say its for their safety.
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    I forgot that in hughes case, the serra fight was his last fight under his contract. but he did mumble and say he wouldnt fight anywhere else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pimach View Post
    I forgot that in hughes case, the serra fight was his last fight under his contract. but he did mumble and say he wouldnt fight anywhere else.
    He shouldn't have added that, should have just said he doesn't want to fight anywhere else instead. I guess Chuck has one more fight, so in his case, the UFC could put him on ice if they don't want him going elsewhere, but he would resent them if they do that.

    Hughes hasn't improved though, if he can't deal with Serra's standup he can't deal with Thiago or GSPs and he would have a harder time taking either of them down.
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    Did we watch the same fight on Saturday night? That wasn't Serra's stand up that hurt Hughes, it was a head clash that left him woozy and nearly out. There's nothing wrong with Hughes, (in terms of having taken too many head shots over the years) he got caught with a head clash and he was dazed as anyone else would be in a similar situation.

    Hughes has lost a step, that's obvious, but if he wants to keep fighting, I don't see it as any health concern at this point. The writer is trying to come me up with an idea for a story and he's reaching quite far on this one. I'm not interested in seeing Hughes take on the elite in the weight class, but if he wants to take fights against guys like Penn, for example, (old timer super fights for example) then I don't have any problem with that.
    Lets go Brent!

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    Adolf, it was a head clash but Hughed didn't look comfortable against Serra who has less reach than any fighter other than Sherk. His hands were down and it didn't look like he's been working on his striking like I thought. I guess he took standup seriously too late in the game since he was always able to take people down easily earlier in his career (he did focus on the submission side early on)
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    Hughes did not look good at all, but I don't think his health is in question. Hell-he has to be tested by the Nevada Athletic Gaming Commision, and their tests are very indepth. I don't think some writer that does not spend time with Hughes should say things about his life. Hughes makes crazy comments about all kinds of things (he is a little corky). If we questioned the state of mind of fighters, Hughes would not be on my top list of medically incapable of making desicions about his career.

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