Hughes talks middleweight, but don’t hold your breath.


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.

  • Jonathan

    I don’t think that he should move up in weight…I think that he would be too short. Middleweight and Welterweight seem to have the biggest difference in size and weight of the fighters. People seem to float between the lightweight and welterweight ranks (Penn)…and ditto for middle and lightheavy (Tanner)…but I cannot think of anyone who has moved from welterweight to middleweight off the top of my head.

    And think about it, compare the heights of Franklin, Marquardt, and Silva to Hughes and Serra…then you’ll know what I am talking about.

  • Ryan

    Actually Fightlinker, Hughes was talking about the move up BEFORE Rich fought Silva, and said he’d move up if Rich lost. Then, Hughes got his ass kicked by GSP, and the move up sounded like a bunch of hot air.

  • intenso

    So what if he’s short. By that logic Tim Sylvia should be the greatest fighter evar.

    I think Hughes would certainly do better against Silva than Franklin did or will do.

  • steve24

    Hughes moving up to Middleweight is going to make him look like a bitch running from his “stacked” division. Hughes has doubts about fighting Kos, Karo, Diego, Fitch, and GSP. If he does get the belt Serra, it will be the last time he has it.

  • intenso

    So is Randy Couture a bitch?

  • fightlinkerReader

    Hughes defeats Serra.
    Silva defeats Franklin.
    GSP defeats Hughes.

    Sounds like a real possibility. No upsets required.

    I think Hughes is ideally suited for Silva.

  • Yucko

    Can we talk more about fucking Rachelle Leah please? =)

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