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Matt Hughes: “I Wanted To Fight A Fellow Christian”

It has been rumored that former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes is only looking for big-name fights against some of the top stars in the sport.

Hughes is also willing to go toe-to-toe with fellow devout Christian fighters, such as his original opponent, Diego Sanchez.

Yet, with just a few weeks remaining until the planned fight, and with Sanchez being forced to pull out due to injury, Hughes had to make another exception, recently accepting a fight with Josh Koscheck for UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage.

“As most of you know, Diego hurt his hand and is now out of the fight. I was sad to hear that, I was looking forward to going up against another Christian and thought I could just let the fight go in God’s hands,” Hughes wrote in a blog on his site. “(UFC President) Dana (White) called me (Monday) and told me the bad news, and said that Koscheck or (Jon) Fitch would most likely be replacing Diego. I said, ‘Yes,’ to either fighter and then here about a half-hour ago, DW called me and told me it was going to be Koscheck.”

Hughes, 37 years old, is a born again Christian. He has won the UFC welterweight title twice and is already in the hall of fame.

Hughes (45-8) last fought in November when he was knocked out by B.J. Penn in just 21 seconds. That loss snapped a three-fight win streak for him.

Hughes-Koscheck will be the co-main event at UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage on September 24 from Denver, Colorado. Koscheck (15-5) has also been on the sidelines for an extended period of time, last fighting in December when he lost to Georges St-Pierre for the title.

Koscheck suffered a broken orbital bone in the fight with GSP, forcing him to remain out of action.