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UFC 135 Fight Card Breakdown: Matt Hughes Vs. Josh Koscheck

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.

Aspect Hughes Points Koscheck Advantage
Range Fighting



Boxing Some Power Lots of Power Koscheck
Kickboxing Rudimentary American Kickboxing Academy Koscheck
Wrestling Excellent 1 National Champ Koscheck
Clinch Fighting        
Dirty Boxing Mean 1 Felonious Assault Tie
Thai Clinch Tough 1 Effective Tie
Throws/Trips Excellent 1 Better Than Excellent Koscheck
Ground Fighting



Positional Control Lockdown 1 Very Good Hughes
Scrambling Tumbler 1 Extreme Koscheck
Ground and Pound Puts the Pound 1 Battery Hughes
Submissions Very Good 1 Limited Hughes
Intangibles Last Fight? 1 19 Days Notice Tie
Overall Happy Trails 3/5 Dreams Come True Koscheck