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    After scoring an impressive first round TKO over seasoned veteran Frank Trigg at this past weekend’s UFC 103 event, Josh Koscheck announced he’d like to fight former UFC Welterweight champion Matt Hughes.

    Hughes is one of the most accomplished fighters in UFC history and is basically guaranteed induction into the UFC Hall of Fame before the end of his illustrious career.

    However Hughes recently announced in a blog post on his website, matt-hughes.com, that he is not interested in a bout with top 170-pound contender Koscheck and is surprised to hear the former NCAA Division I wrestling champion call him out.

    "I find Koscheck calling me out kind of interesting, and I actually don't know why he is doing that," Hughes wrote. "I was used to kids doing this when I was the champ, but as you know, I don't have the belt now, and I'm puzzled as to why Koscheck wants to fight me and not the champion in the weight class."

    I guess Hughes did not watch the UFC 103 post-fight press conference where Koscheck said he does indeed want a rematch with Georges St. Pierre for the championship. Koscheck, a product of the world renowned America Kickboxing Academy is willing to fight anyone in the division to earn that title shot.

    Why wouldn’t he want a fight with a legend of the sport such as Hughes? Hughes is not just your average run of the mill former champion. He was one of the most dominant welterweight champions in UFC history holding the title on two separate occasions with nine combined title defenses including a submission victory over current welterweight kingpin St. Pierre.

    One can make the argument that Hughes is past his prime and nowhere near the fighter that he once was back in his glory days but the fact remains he’s still a household name and a top contender in the division. A victory over a name opponent like Hughes would catapult Koscheck into title contention and that’s exactly where he wants to be.

    So what’s the problem Mr. Hughes? Is Koscheck not a worthy enough opponent for you, sir? Clearly you must understand that Koscheck is ranked very highly in your weight class and a victory over an opponent of his status could deem you the number one contender and a chance at reclaiming your Welterweight crown. After all that is why you’re still competing, to prove you’re still the best 170-pounder in the world, right?

    Or, like most former champions are you only interested in putting on compelling matchups for the fans?

    If that’s the case shouldn’t you be jumping at the opportunity to step into the Octagon with an exciting big-name fighter such as Koscheck?

    "I have no interest in fighting Koscheck, and as he was showing everybody, he's just a kid," Hughes wrote. "As of yet, the UFC has never come to me and asked me to fight him."

    It’s one thing to say the UFC hasn’t offered him the fight but to say he has no interest at all in squaring off with Koscheck is mind boggling to say the least. Maybe Hughes is not very confident he would be able to defeat a young lion with the skill set Koscheck possesses?

    With the career Hughes has had fighting Koscheck is no different than fighting anyone else so it’s not a matter of fear but it is possible the former champion does not think the matchup will be in his favor. At this point Hughes may only be interested in fights he knows he can’t lose.

    Every fight is going to be tough especially when you’re an older fighter competing against young athletic studs but Hughes still has the brute strength and wrestling ability to control a fighter with weak takedown defense.

    Surely Hughes won’t be able to out-wrestle Koscheck who other than St. Pierre may be the best wrestler in the division.

    Koscheck would use his strong wrestling ability to keep the fight standing up and would give Hughes fits with his superior striking. It isn’t a great matchup for Hughes on paper and that might be why he is reluctant in wanting it.

    If UFC matchmaker Joe Silva offered Hughes the fight, he would accept it like a professional, but obviously if it was up to him he would choose to take on someone else. There are plenty of talented fighters for Hughes to fight which would include Koscheck’s good friend and training partner Mike Swick.

    Swick is another fighter that is being considered for a title shot so if Hughes were to defeat him it could potentially earn him that almighty fourth bout with St. Pierre for the championship just as a victory over Koscheck would.

    Swick is a very aggressive striker but unlike Koscheck might not be able to defend Hughes’s takedowns. On paper it’s a much better matchup for Hughes and just as high-profile as a bout with Koscheck would have been so there is a good chance Hughes will accept that fight.

    According to UFC President Dana White, Hughes is expected to return to the Octagon in early 2010. It’s anyone’s guess as to who his opponent will be as he is clearly ducking Koscheck and not showing much interest in any other bout.

    Time will tell who the future Hall of Famer will be matched up with next, hopefully said fighter will have strong takedown defense that way we will not have to witness another "lay n’ pray" fiasco from Hughes.

    Not to take anything away from the legendary fighter but taking someone down and laying on them like a wet blanket is nothing to be proud of.

    Hopefully that won’t be taking out of context but realistically he should be coming off of a loss as Matt Serra clearly defeated him if that fight was judged correctly, which it wasn’t.

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    Default Re: Is Matt Hughes Ducking Josh Koscheck?

    Agree with Matt that Koscheck should call out the current champ rather than matchups that suit him well.
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    I agree that Hughes is probably ducking Kos. At this point in his career he probably realizes that he has no shot at beating him and just wants some easier fights. I don't, however, think that Serra beat him. I thought Hughes won that fight pretty handily. Serra did rock him in the first round, but that was it and it was a three round fight.

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    Default Re: Is Matt Hughes Ducking Josh Koscheck?

    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    I agree that Hughes is probably ducking Kos. At this point in his career he probably realizes that he has no shot at beating him and just wants some easier fights. I don't, however, think that Serra beat him. I thought Hughes won that fight pretty handily. Serra did rock him in the first round, but that was it and it was a three round fight.
    And it was a headbut. Although Koscheck would probably win, I don't think Hughes should act like he wouldn't fight him; his attitude has always been "all fight anyone the UFC puts in front of me." Wanting to fight GSP and Alves again, people Hughes have mentioned, are much harder matchups than Koscheck.
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    Bad match up for both. Hughes would have a hard time winning the fight and a win for Kos would not do that much IMO for his advancement in the weight class. I think Hughes is done and shoul dhave retired after the Serra fight. Watching him against Serra showed me that he has slowed down and does not have the game plans that he used to come to the cage with. A win over him is not that great in the weight class, but would give a win over a legand I guess.

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    Claudale dont be ridiculous. Koscheck is not in a position to call out GSP. He is 2-2 in last four fights, including a ko loss to a ufc newcomer and a onesided loss to the guy that just got dominated by gsp.

    Koscheck calling out gsp at this point would be as pointless as when shields called out gsp. Not surprisingly you got all pumped up when shields did that.

    Lets be honest though. Hughes is reacting like this because he in no way wants to fight koscheck as he would get beat down. Hughes is still a huge name and is coming off a win over the previous champ. If he doesnt want to be called out by other fighters maybe he should retire or take on more joke fights like gracie.

    Its not like koscheck is avoiding tough comp, heck he took the alves fight on two weeks notice. In terms of realistic available fights this makes the most sense for koscheck. Fitch and Swick are teammates, and guys like alves, hardy, johnson, davis, dhk, almeida, parisyan, and thiago all have fights lined up in the next couple of months.

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    Default Re: Is Matt Hughes Ducking Josh Koscheck?

    Koscheck did well against GSP and has possibly the best set of skills to beat him (if you are on your back against GSP, you are not going to win).

    No, when Shields called out GSP, I responded to you and VAK who said "if you want to fight GSP, you should have taken the UFC's lower offer"

    Hughes has asked to fight GSP again and Alves, both are more dangerous than Koscheck and both have already stopped him.

    I don't see the need of calling out a particular opponent who is not the champ or not someone you lost to or have bad blood with. Seems like he is looking for a sure win.
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    Koscheck may have the best chance but he still has to work his way back into the title picture.

    Not sure why hughes would call out either as he is certainly not going to get another shot at gsp at least not without 2 or 3 big wins say over guys like koscheck, fitch, or alves.

    If hughes believes he is still relevant enough to fight gsp or alves tehn i dont see why he would be opposed to fight a guy like koscheck. He is not in a position to get a shot at gsp and alves has a fight lined up, koscheck is a top ranked ww and as you said has the ability to potentially beat gsp. This is a bad match up for hughes, better wrestler with better striking.

    Guys call out guys all the time, maynard asked for edgar, davis called out lytle, sanchez asked for hughes, cole miller asked for spencer fisher, tim sylvia called out cheick kongo.

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    IMO, I think Kos just wants the win over a future HOF'er, as pointed out previously hes in no position to be calling out GSP yet and still needs some wins to get back to the #1 contender role.
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