Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Matt Hughes (45-9), who ruled the 170-pound roost before passing the torch to Georges St-Pierre roughly 10 years back, is not the biggest fan of modern-day mixed martial arts (MMA).
Probably because it’s too hard (and too busy) to follow.
“They’ve got fights darn near every week (on) one of the three channels they’re on, and I think it’s too commercial,” Hughes, 44, said during his taping of Undeniable with Joe Buck (via MMA Junkie), which airs Weds. night (Nov. 22) at 8 p.m. ET on Audience Sports.
“I am so happy the timing worked out for me where I fought when I did. I really think that I fought in the golden ages,” he continued. “It was when people got together to watch the UFC. It wasn’t … because they’re so often now. They’re just not as special.”
UFC will stage six major events between now and New Year’s Eve (see them here).
Hughes’ appearance came shortly before his life-changing truck accident that nearly proved fatal back in June. Already a member of the UFC Hall of Fame, the former UFC Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations is considered one of the founding fathers of modern-day cagefighting.
Back when you could still name everyone on the card (try it here).