Matt Hughes might be a bit biased, but the former UFC welterweight champion believes wrestling is the key to success inside the Octagon.
Hughes, who announced his formal retirement recently, conducted a chat with fans on UFC.com Wednesday. He plans to do so each Wednesday, as the new vice president of athletic development and government relations for the UFC.
As a former NCAA Div. I wrestler at Eastern Illinois University, it comes as no surprise that Hughes pegged wrestling when asked how he felt those with a mat background are competing inside the Octagon.
“Wrestlers will always do well,” Hughes said. “Wrestlers get to pick where the fight gets to be fought at. If I’m fighting a boxer, I can take him down to the ground. If I’m fighting a good submission artist, I can use my wrestling defensively.”
Hughes (45-9) mentioned that he would have enjoyed facing Matt Serra one more time, or “just about anybody, especially somebody who’s beaten me.” His UFC losses came at the hands of Josh Koscheck, BJ Penn, Thiago Alves, Dennis Hallman and Georges St-Pierre.