Resurging former UFC Welterweight Champion and current UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes apparently had plenty to say concerning Saturday night’s UFC 121 fight card, which went down at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and featured several high-profile bouts.
In addition to a heavyweight title fight between Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez, and the debut of former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields, the card also played host to former UFC Light Heavyweight champion and member of the old guard Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz.
Ortiz took on former student Matt Hamill, who stifled an early surge by Ortiz to take home a clear-cut unanimous decision win after spending the majority of three rounds dominating Ortiz in the stand up and on the ground. The loss drops Ortiz to 0-4-1 in his last five fights and has many calling for the former champ’s retirement. Count Hughes among them, as the fellow “old guy” recently asserted on his personal blog that Ortiz no longer has anything to offer to the sport of MMA.
“I consider myself an old guy and when some of the older fighters fight, I find myself interested,” Hughes wrote. “Tito was on the card, against Hamill and I didn’t think there was any way for Tito to win. Tito’s got that clothing line out, Team Punishment, and when I see people wearing the shirts, I always tease them that it should be ‘Team Punished;’ but I would even go out on a limb and say that’s the last time we see Tito in the UFC.”
Hughes’ sentiments echo statements made by UFC President Dana White after UFC 121. While not coming all the way out and saying it, White hinted very clearly that he believes Ortiz is no longer relevant in today’s light heavyweight division and that his days in the UFC could very well be numbered.