UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes came into tonight's UFC 135 welterweight bout against Josh Koscheck off a loss. At age 37. On the last fight of his contract. Everyone expected Koscheck to beat him up, most badly. The gamblers had Koscheck as a 5 to 1 favorite.
But Hughes didn't hesitate to take it to Koscheck right away and intially seized the initiative against the younger fighter with an ill-intentioned jab right to the orbital bone. This was a championship fight move since Koscheckk had just spent most of a year on the shelf with a broken orbital bone. Koscheck seemed stunned and intimidated.
Hughes was able to hold the initiative for only part of the round before Koscheck remembered he's the faster fighter with more power in his hands. A Kos combination stunned Hughes and reminded him that it's 2011 and not 2005. Hughes gamely fought back and going into the final minute looked to have a chance to take the round. But then Koscheck landed and from there it was all over. Koscheck stunned him, dropped him and finished him on the ground with only one second left.