UFC 79: Hughes And GSP Wanted The Rematch

As the news of Matt Serra’s injury went public, Matt Hughes and George St.Pierre started to lobby the UFC for the inevitable rematch at UFC 79.

GSP reaction to fight:

“St. Pierre and his management team called UFC after getting news of Serra’s injury, and asked for the match… with seven months between fights, St. Pierre was getting antsy for competition. He had even talked of competing in amateur wrestling at the Canadian national level. St. Pierre, with no competitive wrestling background, outwrestled Koscheck in his win…. While St. Pierre asked for the fight, even though he’d only have four weeks of intensive training, about half of a normal top-level fighters camp, it was still up to Hughes to agree.”

Matt Hughes on upcoming fight with GSP:

“As most of you know, Serra has dropped out of the fight due to a back injury. I found out and was told that I get to basically pick my opponent. The UFC had called some welterweights, some said they wouldn’t take the fight; but ultimately I got to choose and I chose Georges St. Pierre. I asked to fight GSP. I think there are a few things that will be in my favor in doing this. I get to fight in Vegas, what I consider my home fighting area, NOT Canada. I don’t think it’s a big deal to switch an opponent over a month out, it’s just not a concern for me. Before I was fighting a guy holding the belt, now I’m fighting a guy that I consider number two in the world. Anyone who thinks this fight will be like the second fight with GSP will be shown wrong on December 29th. THIS IS MY FIGHT!”

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  1. onri

    November 26, 2007 at 5:35 am

    Hell yeah, Hughes is calling out GSP. This is going to be a great fight and I'm not going to be like everyone else saying that GSP is going to stomp out Hughes. This is round three, they are 1 and 1, now we will see who is the better fighter. GSP got a huge christmas present because if he wins he gets back all of the hype he had before Serra. An hour later I'll be on Sherdog and they will be talking about how GSP is the greatest ever and #1 P4P. Its really funny how one loss changes peoples opinions.

  2. tom

    November 26, 2007 at 6:21 am

    yeah thats true.. but this fight is not going to be like the last 2..

  3. Kash

    November 26, 2007 at 6:33 am

    Yeah, GSP learned for his second fight and I'll be willing to be Hughes learned from the second not to stand and trade with GSP. Its going to be great and I can't wait. I'm not putting money down on any of these guys because I really think anything can happen here.

  4. Kash

    November 26, 2007 at 6:34 am

    Oh and GSP and Hughes have always been in my opinion high up on my list of Pound 4 Pound so win or lose that wont change for either of these guys.

  5. Robert

    November 26, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Hughes can't back up his trash talk. He'll get KTFO again. Go back to your farm, BOI!

  6. steve

    November 26, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Matt Hughes is not a p4p fighter. St. Pierre is a top 3 p4p right now. He can do it all. Hughes is s weak in the stand up that p4p is out of the question. He will try and take St.Pierre down and maybe he will but he wont submit him again and he wont tko/ko him. He wont out cardio him either. Neither of these guys should gas even with 5 rounds. As they always come in perfect shape. St. Pierre will win win this fight by tko. Matt is gonna get caught and lights out. This fight is not as close as people think it is. St.pierre is so well rounded that he is the #1 170 fighter hands down. Serra got a lucky punch and hughes just surprised him. Matt Hughes hasnt really won one round against St. Pierre and they foguth twice. The submission was at the end of a rod. he was losing.

  7. Kash

    November 26, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    Matt had two takedowns to GSP's one, he controlled about 2 minutes while GSP outright controlled 30 seconds, GSP had the only great strike in the spinning back kick, how can you say for sure that Matt wasnt going to win that round, I cant for sure. It was close but it really is up to how the judges call it, how do they judge the 6 jabs that GSP landed.

    Before Huges lost to GSP the second time everyone was saying that Hughes was up there P4P…then he gets KTFO once and all of a sudden he sucks. GSP got KTFO in half that time by a guy who is no where near that level of striking.

    All I'm saying is that I think Matt is still a great fighter who matches up great against everyone in the division except for GSP. GSP has the advantage and I think he'll win but Matt Hughes is still a great fighter with a great record to prove it. He's a dick yeah, but so has been some of the greatest sports guys of all time.

  8. JOE

    November 26, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    I don't think Hughes "sucks." I think he's a great WW. I think GSP is just better.

    I don't think Hughes is a top P4P fighter though either. I've heard all the talk about Hughes moving to MW to face Anderson Silva. If Hughes' plan is to take the WW belt, then the MW belt, then retire, I think it's a big mistake. I don't think he'll win either fight. His best odds are going to be against Matt Serra.

    Don't get me wrong, Hughes is a great fighter with an impressive record as one of the best WW's in the world. I just think he's through, and he'll probably retire when he gets KO'd by GSP for the second time.

  9. tom

    November 27, 2007 at 4:16 am

    I think GSP is the number 1 ww and should be 1 or 2 p4p and matt is 2 best ww.. but still Matt can win it.. If Matt goes up to mw that would be a good fight vs anderson but if dan cant beat Anderson i dont see Matt beating him.. steve how can u say matt has not won a round vs gsp, cause Matt got the Arm bar and won in the first round of the first fight.. I think Matt would have beat GSP each round after that cause Matt would have stepped up like he did later in round one and GSP was not half as good as he is now and GSP wrestling is so much better now then it was..

  10. Realwun

    November 27, 2007 at 5:50 am

    Its going to be a great fight, both already have been highlight fights for both fighters. I think that both are going in smarter and I expect it to last at least 2 rounds. I agree, if Matt Hughes faces Anderson he is in trouble. That guy is in his prime and his skills are sharp.

  11. steve

    November 27, 2007 at 6:12 am

    Ok well Matt Hughes is never going to move to middleweight and has no urge to go up in weight so we can put that to rest. St.Pierre wants to move to Middleweight not hughes. But even Georges plan is along time down the road. Matt Hughes said he only has a couple more fights left in him. He admittted that he didnt want to fight forever. GSP won every round kash. Matt Hughes doesnt have near the striking ability to stand with Matt Serra either. His stand up is pathetic he was getting destroyed by B.J. ad B.J. gased out. Thats how he beat him. GSP wins this fight hands down. Hughes retires after the fight.

  12. Kash

    November 27, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Look again, even without the submission ending Hughes wins that round. This is Matt Hughes we're talking about, the guy does not like to lose, no way he retires after a loss, not that guy.

  13. Robert

    November 27, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Hughes doesn't "suck". He's "PATHETIC and PITIFUL"!

  14. derek

    November 27, 2007 at 11:27 am

    GSP will probably KO hughes. if you watch their second fight, hughes could not even taken GSP down… and this was even when hughes had both arms around GSP. therefore, it's probably going to be standing. and GSP is jumpy on his feet and cunning enough to outbox hughes, like he did in fight number two.

  15. Morey

    November 27, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    I agree with Derek that GSP has gotten a lot better than their first fight. He is not going to be taken down easily so Hughes better hope he can avoid getting caught. Its also true that I dont think he wants to retire on a loss. Anyone see the last TUF where he loses a bowling game and then just walks off. The guy has some issues for sure.

  16. steve

    November 27, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    I can understand how hughes is because thats how i am. People like us just cant take losing and when we lose we cry about it. I admit it I dont take losing good at all. I am a bit of a dick and thats how he is to.Se people are born to fight and argue and compete to win no matter what. Just like some people are scared to stand up for themselves. Hughes will not win one round against GSP kash. Hughes will try and stand with him get caught and smile and then get dropped like the second fight where he basically got tko'd twice. End of the first and the finisher in the second. GSP has the nicest superman punch in the business. He can now do it with his lead hand. I mean the guy is just great. Hughes cant beat him at this point in their careers. Freak accident is the only way. Maybe a cut or something. Hughes has lost his edge. He didnt even finsh Chris Lytle. The old matt would have run through Lytle first rd. tko./ Sub. but this aint the old matt and even if it was he has his hands full with GSP.

  17. tom

    November 27, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    the old matt would beat GSP.. but GSP is younger, faster, bette MMA fighter..Matts going to lose but is going to be away bettet fight then the last 2.

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