Matt Hughes is a legend in the sport of MMA.
He is a former two-time UFC welterweight champion and has already been inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
On Saturday, September 24, Hughes will meet Josh Koscheck in the co-main event of UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage, as Koscheck replaces an injured Diego Sanchez.
In preparing for the fight, Hughes decided to bring in a pair of well-known fighters in B.J. Penn and Pat Miletich to train with him.
“I brought in a couple of special guests – B.J. Penn and Pat Miletich. Being around such great fighters and coaches is humbling, No. 1; and No. 2, it was a great learning environment because we all learned off each other,” Hughes wrote in a blog for ESPN. “I’m around the other guys a lot – Jeremy (Horn), and Matt Pena, Robbie Lawler and DaMarques (Johnson) – but with Pat and B.J. being around there as well, they would bring up different situations, and then Jeremy would add stuff I’d never seen on top of that. All I had to do was show up, not do anything on the mat, and I was gonna sit there and learn. If I wanted to, I could have charged admission and people would have loved to just sit there, watch and soak it in.”
Hughes and Penn have fought three times, with Penn winning two of those meetings, including a 21-second knockout last November. Thus, the two of them training together was a surprise to many.
“As far as working with B.J., who I fought three times over the years, a lot of people really raise an eyebrow when I say that he’s been training with me, but they might not know that I went out to Hawaii and helped B.J. with his takedowns for (his fight with Jon) Fitch,” Hughes wrote. “He’s repaying the favor I did for him and I found out a lot about B.J. when I went out to Hawaii and started training with him, We are actually a lot alike personality wise, and sense of humor wise for sure. We have a ball together and I’ve got to watch out for him because he’s quick-witted. My brother, Mark, is very quick-witted as well, so I’ve just gotta stay on my toes. He’ll catch me a couple times, because I’m a little naive. But we really have a lot of fun together and we’ve found out a lot about each other since our third fight last year.”
Hughes is 3-1 in his last four fights, while Koscheck is fighting for the first time since a loss to Georges St-Pierre in 2010 where he suffered a broken orbital bone that sidelined him for an extended period of time.