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Mario Yamasaki is in charge of the night’s co-main event, which goes down in the welterweight division.
Round 1: Hughes looking to work the jab early on. Koscheck wipes the right eye that Georges St-Pierre mangled late last year. Hughes is finding some success with the jab, but Koscheck backs him up with a punch combo. Hughes cracks Koscheck with a hard left hand. Hughes is working the left hand repeatedly. Hughes puts a nice uppercut behind that stiff jab, looking better on the feet than he has – possibly ever. Koscheck clips him with a left hook though. Good head movement shown by Hughes in the pocket and he avoids the takedown easily, hitting Koscheck with a knee before they break. Hughes with another left hook. Koscheck wobbles Hughes with an uppercut when he moves in for a takedown. Hughes is getting lit up now, but is somehow keeping to his feet, firing back. Koscheck knocks Hughes to the mat and hammers on him as the round winds down, knocking him out almost right at the bell.
Josh Koscheck defeated Matt Hughes via TKO (strikes) at 4:59 of round 1
Koscheck thanks Hughes for taking the fight, calling him a legend and saying that he’s proud to have had the opportunity to fight him.
An emotional Hughes says that he’s not retiring; he wants the UFC to put him on the shelf while he makes a decision.
Koscheck and Hughes hug after the interviews.