Ah...that sneaky country boy Matt Hughes! Does he deliberately go out of his way to confound me? At times I do wonder if he does.
Being an outspoken old country gal myself, I often have voiced my displeasure with Matt Hughes for various reasons. Tonight I am concerned that butting heads with Matt Serra this past July may have done some lasting damage to Hughes' ego-swelled cranium.
He has stated that April 10 is when he will return to fighting, but there are currently no UFC events scheduled for that date. How curious!
Has Matt's ego overcome his senses or has he forgotten that the event is always scheduled before the matches are announced?
Dana White has made certain exceptions where his favorite pet fighters from the good old days are concerned. Sometimes it is out of concern for their health?announcing Chuck Liddell's retirement after the knockout loss to Rua, without first conferring with Chuck*about it, would be such an example.
Or sometimes in the case of shear desperation for a main event, like in London 2008, when he asked Matt Hughes to step in to replace Liddell (who had torn his hamstring during training).
And*possibly out of true affection, which may be why Rich Franklin is still with the UFC, after many losses and changing weight classes to avoid a three-peat with Anderson Silva,*albeit remaining in an uncertain*state of limbo without a clear plan for his future.
Theoretically, it*may be possible to fill out a card for an arbitrary date such as April 10, around a particular fighter, though*in all probability,*it would most likely be Brock Lesnar and not "former" great WW Matt Hughes, to whom such a privilege would be granted.
Why that particular date appealed to Hughes, I don't know. Possibly a sign in a deer or chicken's entrails foretold this as being a fortuitous time for him to fight.
Being religious, Matt may have received a private message from God or a certain Biblical Queen suggesting that date. Wouldn't that be around Easter time, a traditional time of renewal and the Resurrection?*
Of course however he got the news, he has not announced a place or opponent, but did promise to keep fans informed when a contract for said event is "formally" signed.
Ah my, is the world of MMA getting stranger, or is it just me?
Remember when Hughes proclaimed that 30 year old Josh Koscheck was not old enough to fight him? Is their another elderly former champion out there who is Matt's age that he is gunning for? Denis Hallman perhaps?
Pat Miletich is back in the graces of the UFC, owns the old establishment in Iowa where Hughes used to train*and could feasibly be in Matt's sites, or at least of similar age. Maybe that is in the back of Hughes mind.
The Biblical theme of brother against brother could also be a goal, since Mark Hughes signed up with the UFC at least a year ago, but has not yet had a fight in the organization. Age-wise it would be only a matter of minutes, since they are twins.
If Mr. Hughes is true to his word, all will be revealed in time. Why I have the feeling it may turn out to be even more bizarre than my imaginings, I can't explain. I*probably would have to say that some darn country boys just love to keep you guessing.
Talk about sneaky!