Matt Hughes is once again banging the “I’ll move up to middleweight” drum:
“If Rich [Franklin] looses then I would move up and fight Anderson [Silva]. I would never fight Rich.”
If you’ll remember, Matt Hughes had talked about moving up in weight right after Anderson Silva dismantled Rich Franklin the first time. Back then it actually made sense … Hughes had just lost his welterweight belt and the middleweight division was really sore for title-shot talent. If Hughes had followed through the first time, it could have been him facing Silva instead of Marquardt last weekend.
However, the comment doesn’t make much sense now. Hughes is busy with the Ultimate Fighter season 6 and set to fight Matt Serra around the end of the year. There are now two pretty big ‘ifs’ in the way of Matt moving up: If Rich loses, and if Hughes loses to Serra. While I’m pretty sure the first one will happen, Hughes losing to Serra is out there in probability land next to “Me fucking Rachelle Leah” … in other words, slightly unlikely.
I do understand why Hughes didn’t move up the first time. Rich wanted another kick at the can, and Hughes didn’t want to look like a pussy running from the welterweight division. However, it would be interesting to see what happens to them both if they lose their respective matches. Is there a move up to light heavyweight for Franklin? He’s been looking pretty fucking miserable the past few fights, and maybe a hard cut and shitty diet have something to do with it. For Hughes, the middleweight title would be easier to hold on to than the welterweight belt.
I guess we’ll see.