Above is the official poster for UFC 117 which will take place in Oakland, California in August. Once again Anderson Silva will be putting his middleweight championship on the line. Here’s hoping that we actually get to see a fight this time and not 25 minutes of fleeing from your opponent.
Here is the fight card as it stands now:
- Middleweight Championship: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
- Welterweight: Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida
- Lightweight: Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos
- Light Heavyweight: Thiago Silva vs. Tim Boetsch
- Welterweight: Dustin Hazelett vs Rick Story
- Welterweight: Ben Saunders vs. Dennis Hallman
- Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Charlie Brenneman
- Light Heavyweight: Rodney Wallace vs. Stanislav Nedkov
- Welterweight: Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
- Heavyweight: Junior Dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson
Last week I went out to Vegas and I signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC, which is much like my last contract. I also brought up the fact that I wanted to do a hunting show and they thought that would be a good thing. They still have to find out who, where and when my next fight will be and I will try to post that info ASAP. Nothing is decided yet, so anything you might be reading on the internet right now is just rumors and speculation. However, one name the UFC did bring up is a person I’ve never fought before. – Matt Hughes’ Official Blog
Matt Hughes will return to the Octagon for what looks to be his last block of fights. One thing that catches my eye is the hunting show talk… Is he wanting the UFC to fund it or something?
I spent the last couple f minutes trying to figure out who they would have Hughes fight and it is pretty hard especially considering the fact he claims it is someone he has never fought before. Some fighters who I cannot see on his fight record are Jon Fitch, Karo Parisyan, Anthony Johnson and Josh Koscheck.
Well, almost all of the fighters made weight. The only fighter who did not make weight was *Mike Pyle who was a last minute replacement and weighed in at 172lbs. Due to the lack of weight loss time and such a small amount of weight over Pyle will not be penalized by the UFC or NSAC. The full weigh-in results for UFC 98 are below:
- Rashad Evans (205) vs. Lyoto Machida (204)
- Matt Hughes (170) vs. Matt Serra (171)
- Xavier Foupa-Pokam (186) vs. Drew McFedries (185)
- Dan Miller (185) vs. Chael Sonnen (186)
- Frank Edgar (155) vs. Sean Sherk (156)
- Brock Larson (171) vs. Mike Pyle (172)*
- Pat Barry (237) vs. Tim Hague (263)
- Kyle Bradley (156) vs. Phillipe Nover (156)
- Andre Gusmao (206) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (206)
- Brandon Wolff (170) vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (171)
- George Roop (154) vs. David Kaplan (156)
UFC 98 is live tomorrow night. MMA-Live will bring you all of the post fight analysis after the event ncluding our own thoughts on everything that went down. Hope to see you all back here tomorrow night.
Wow, just a look back at how long this whole feud between the two fighters has lasted and it seems weird that they will actually fight one another next weekend. I really don’t know who will win this one. I think it will definitely go to Hughes if he gets it on the ground quick but standing up we have seen Serra’s wild shots claim the welterweight gold before. One good hit from Serra and Hughes will be done.
UFC Undisputed 2009: Matt Hughes Vs. Matt Serra
Riddum Revenge Episode 3 featuring GSP and Matt Hughes
Well it has been a long time coming. For well over a year Serra and Hughes have had a feud, and finally it seems as though an end may be in sight. According to MMAJunkie the bout is expected to take place in May at a yet to be announced event believed to be UFC 98.
The news was sort of broken by Matt Hughes himself on his official website:
“Just got a call from (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva, and as of right now it looks like I’ll be fighting Matt Serra in Vegas on May 23rd,” Hughes stated. “This is not 100% confirmed, but I believe it is going to be on this date.”
“This fight should happen. A lot has been said by both sides, and I don’t plan on talking without walking. I plan on fighting. I would love to be the nail in his coffin…. Matt Hughes is a one trick pony, but he’s very good at that one trick. Top position is his thing, both submission wise and ground-and-pound. That’s what he’s the master of, and I know that. I feel that my jujitsu is going to have to be where it should be, and I plan on doing more wrestling.”
The fight between Matt Serra and Matt Hughes should come sometime in 2009. Hopefully sooner rather than later as this feud between the two keeps growing and banter continues to be thrown by both. The fight was originally scheduled for December of 2007 but due to an injury to Matt Serra GSP was left to fill in on short notice. Ever since then the two have been going at it.