Welterweight wrestlers Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck collide at UFC 135 in Denver tonight. Hughes (45-8, 18 -6 UFC) is a UFC Hall of Famer and the former long-time welterweight champ of the organization. Koscheck (15-5, 13-5 UFC) was one of the first stars of The Ultimate Fighter reality show that broke MMA in the U.S.
Hughes is coming off a quick KO loss to B.J. Penn at UFC 123 last November. Koscheck is fighting for the first time since suffering a shattered orbital bone while challenging Georges St. Pierre for the title at UFC 124 last December.
The 37-year-old Hughes is on the last fight of his UFC contract and may very well retire after this bout, win or lose. The 34-year-old Koscheck took the fight on short notice when Diego Sanchez suffered an injury in training camp.
Koscheck has been calling out Hughes for a long time. This is his chance to put a UFC legend on his victim's list. It's a bad match up for Matt who's always relied on his wrestling, but Koscheck was a NCAA national champion.
|Boxing||Some Power||1||Lots of Power||Koscheck|
|Kickboxing||Rudimentary||1||American Kickboxing Academy||Koscheck|
|Dirty Boxing||Mean||1||Felonious Assault||Tie|
|Throws/Trips||Excellent||1||Better Than Excellent||Koscheck|
|Positional Control||Lockdown||1||Very Good||Hughes|
|Ground and Pound||Puts the Pound||1||Battery||Hughes|
|Intangibles||Last Fight?||1||19 Days Notice||Tie|
|Overall||Happy Trails||3/5||Dreams Come True||Koscheck|