Matt Hughes has announced that he will be facing Thiago Alves at UFC 85. Looks like this is the big replacement that makes up for the fact that Chuck Liddell dropped out of the event with a pulled hamstring. I gotta say I’m pretty impressed at the news … I honestly didn’t think Hughes would be willing to step up and fight someone dangerous like Alves when he’s got a huge paycheck waiting in the wings against Matt Serra.
Thiago Alves knows the score … the welterweight division is stacked like a motherfucker and beating Matt Hughes is the perfect way to cement his place as next in line after Jon Fitch. I am left kinda wondering why Jon Fitch wasn’t the one who answered the call … he’s always talking high and mighty about just wanting the challenges and not giving a shit about belts or title shots. Who knows, perhaps if he beat Hughes it would legitimize his chances against GSP the way a tepid judge’s decision against some UFC virgin simply can’t.
So how about we all gang up on Fitch now for ducking Hughes to babysitting his title shot, the same way we bagged on Karo Parisyan for something similar?