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Almeida’s walkout hat is several sizes too large but the fact that he is walking out to “Ball and Chain” by Social Distortion absolutely makes up for it. Hughes sticks to the very solid “Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams. Josh Rosenthal is the third man in the cage.
Round 1: Hughes starts in the Orthodox stance as opposed to the Southpaw stance he has been using to facilitate his wrestling. The fight starts out with both men looking to strike, Hughes looking pretty solid with his kicks. They clinch briefly and Almeida lands a nice right on the break. So far they are pecking away at each other with Almeida getting the best of the brief clinch exchanges. Hughes drops Almeida with a big left hook. Hughes cinches up a front headlock choke on the dazed Almeida and puts him to sleep almost instantly.
Matt Hughes defeated Ricardo Almeida via technical submission at 3:15 of the first round.
Hughes says he is taking off the fall to hunt. Big win for the recently inducted UFC Hall of Famer.