It was announced yesterday by UFC president Dana White that Diego Sanchez had been forced out of his planned UFC 135 meeting with Matt Hughes after breaking his hand in training.
An old rival of Sanchez’s who was tentatively scheduled to fight at the same time, Josh Koscheck, quickly agreed to step in and face Hughes at UFC 135, which goes down later this month. Koscheck revealed that the bout’s confirmation was only pending Hughes agreement and the latter’s silence on the matter prompted Koscheck to tell USA Today that Hughes would take the bout if he were “man enough.”
The UFC Hall of Famer took to his personal website, the abstractly titled matt-hughes.com, today to reveal that he is in fact man enough and has not only accepted a proposed fight with Koscheck, but also against his American Kickboxing Academy teammate and fellow top welterweight Jon Fitch.
“Still waiting to hear back from the UFC. I have said ‘yes’ to facing either Koscheck or Fitch at UFC 135. I should know more later,” posted Hughes.
After stringing together three consecutive victories following a series of defeats to Georges St-Pierre and Thiago Alves, former multiple time welterweight champ Hughes ran into old rival BJ Penn and was knocked out in just twenty-one seconds at UFC 123 in November of last year. Now, Hughes and Penn have teamed up to train together and Hughes is looking to end his career with fights against big-name opponents. To him, Koscheck and Fitch, who are both coming off of injury-induced layoffs, clearly fit the bill.
UFC 135 is set to go down on September 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado and will feature a light heavyweight title fight between champ Jon Jones and challenger Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.