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Matt Hughes: Not Ready to Retire Yet

Written on September 24, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Matt Hughes is not yet ready to leave the Octagon, but a "Chuck Liddell job" looks appealing.

UFC Hall of Fame inductee, Matt Hughes, admits that he’s not quite ready to leave the sport that paid his bills for the past 13 years. However, his family has a different opinion on what should happen after his UFC 135 match against Josh Koscheck. But while Matt Hughes insists that the UFC 135 result will not determine his choice, he said that UFC President – Dana White – offered a job where he could “stick around and get paid to do nothing.”

However, that doesn’t mean that Matt Hughes is ready to take the position just yet. His love for action, the hunger to be the best, the camaraderie of his teammates and training partners are still one of his source of joy in every aspect of MMA. But he also admits that the 21-second loss against BJ Penn at UFC 123 made him consider all possibilities. Regardless, he wants nothing more than to end his career on the strength of a win. Still, he hopes that his competitive drive doesn’t led him into hanging around too long.

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UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson Conference Call Audio

Written on September 21, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Before you get ready for a UFC 135 action, check out their conference call audio last Monday.

The Ultimate Fighting Championships has finally decided to take full steam ahead to downtown Denver with UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson. The reigning light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, will put his belt on the line against former title holder — Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Also in the fight card is Matt Hughes, who will step in to face returning welterweight contender — Josh Koscheck.

The promotion held a UFC 135 conference call last Monday to field questions from the press. In relation to this, MMA Weekly posted the full audio of the call. Hit the play button at the video after the break.

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What’s next with Matt Hughes After UFC 135?

Written on September 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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“After this fight, win or lose doesn’t matter, I’ll talk to the UFC and we’ll figure out what we’re gonna do." --- Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes is carrying 54 professional bouts on his resume. He held the UFC welterweight championship belt twice, he had seven title defenses, and he is a UFC Hall of Fame inductee. With UFC 135 as his last fight of contract, what lies ahead for Matt Hughes? Short and sweet, the answer really is… Nothing.

However, the 37-year-old fighter remains a staple in the promotion. Matt Hughes will make a come back in the Octagon after a 10-month layoff at UFC 135 against Josh Koscheck. His original opponent, Diego Sanchez, stepped out of the match due to broken hand. And while Matt Hughes loves his life inside the Octagon, constantly testing his skills against increasingly younger opponents, how long will his competition be enough?

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Invitation: UFC 135 Pre-fight Press Con and Open Workout

Written on September 14, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Fans are invited to see UFC 135 pre-fight press conference, open workout sessions and official weigh-ins.

The Ultimate Fighting Championships will come back to Colorado next week with the much anticipated UFC 135: Jones vs Rampage event. In relation to this, the promotion invites the public to the official pre-fight press conference and open workout sessions. Fans are also invited to the official UFC 135 weigh-ins, but a venue for the event is yet to be determined.

UFC President, Dana White, along with Jon Jones, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Josh Koscheck and Matt Hughes are expected to attend the UFC 135 pre-fight press conference. And in case you can’t come, the event will be streamed live at UFC.com.

UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson will highlight a light heavyweight title match between current champ, Jon Jones, and former title holder, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The tournament will take place on September 24 at Denver’s Pepsi Center.

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Matt Hughes vs Josh Koschek, Official for UFC 135

Written on September 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Matt Hughes gets a new opponent, as Josh Koscheck officially replaces Diego Sanchez for UFC 135.

Last Tuesday, UFC President – Dana White – announced that Matt Hughes will officially face Josh Koscheck for the upcoming UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson event.

Matt Hughes was supposed to meet Diego Sanchez on the said tournament, but the latter withdrew due to hand injury. Stepping in for him is Josh Koscheck, who’s coming off a loss from reigning UFC welterweight champion – Georges St-Pierre – at UFC 134 last December. Meanwhile, Matt Hughes is making a return for the first time since UFC 123 after losing to BJ Penn.

Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck will lock horns as the co-main event for UFC 135. The said tournament, which will go down on September 24 in Denver, will headline a light heavyweight title bout pitting Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

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Josh Koscheck, Facing Matt Hughes at UFC 135

Written on September 06, 2011 by Lulu

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Josh Koscheck to face Matt Hughes for UFC 135 in lieu of Diego Sanchez.

UFC matchmaker, Joe Silva, didn’t have a hard time finding a replacement for Diego Sanchez at UFC 135. Josh Koscheck was tapped to step in for the latter, and will face Matt Hughes on September 24. On early Monday, Diego Sanchez was confirmed out for the Denver card after he suffered a broken hand during training.

Josh Koscheck has been out of the Octagon since last December, when he lost a unanimous decision to UFC welterweight champion — Georges St-Pierre. He suffered a broken orbital bone during UFC 124, which required him to undergo surgery. In August, he announced his plans of competing for UFC 139 in San Jose — possibly even at middleweight. But assuming that Matt Hughes accepts the fight, he’ll be fighting in just over 3 weeks — and at welterweight.

Meanwhile, there’s still no official statement from UFC if Matt Hughes decided to take the fight against Josh Koscheck or not.

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Josh Koscheck Return to Octagon as a Middleweight Fighter

Written on August 22, 2011 by Lulu

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Josh Koscheck tweeted his return inside the Octagon as a middleweight fighter for the upcoming UFC 139 in San Jose.

The anticipated return of the former welterweight title contender, Josh Koshcheck, in the Octagon is soon to come. The former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ confirmed on Sunday that he will have a match for the upcoming UFC 139 on November 19 in San Jose. The announcement has been made on his Twitter page.

Josh Koscheck haven’t fought at middleweight since his time in the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ reality show over six years ago. However, he has been flirting with the idea over the last few months. The American Kickboxing Academy fighter has been out of action since a unanimous decision loss to current welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, at UFC 124 last year. After the said bout, Josh Koscheck suffered a broken orbital bone that needs some serious time off for recovery.

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Josh Koscheck, Returning on UFC 138 as Middleweight

Written on July 09, 2011 by Lulu

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Former welterweight contender, Josh Koscheck, plans to return inside the Octagon at UFC 138 as a middleweight fighter.

The former No. 1 welterweight contender, Josh Koscheck, is planning to make his return in the Octagon after almost a year in the sideline. He will step in as a middleweight fighter at UFC 138, which is set take place on November 19, 2011 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

Josh Koscheck announced that he intends to fight at the 185 pounds catch weight one more before returning to the 170 pound division. He also added that he will do this because it is something fun for the fans. Josh Koscheck, is one of the most active MMA fighters before he lose to welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, on December 2010. He suffered a broken face after his match with GSP, requiring a surgery to repair the damage and a long layoff from action.

If ever Josh Koscheck really return in San Jose, he’ll be joining his American Kick Boxing Academy stablemate, Cain Velasquez, who will defend his heavyweight title against his No.1 contender, Junior Dos Santos.

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Cody McKenzie vs Aaron Wilkinson Slated for TUF 12 Finale

Written on December 04, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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This Saturday concludes the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 12. It can now be determined who got the excellent coaching ability: Is it UFC Champion Georges St. Pierre or top contender Josh Koscheck? This Saturday fight features Cody McKenzie vs Aaron Wilkinson who both carry an undisputed record.

This Saturday’s “The Ultimate Fighter 12,” will feature quarterfinalists which include from Team Georges St. Pierre, Cody McKenzie (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and from Team Josh Koscheck, Aaron Wilkinson (6-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC). The quarterfinalists will be meeting on the show’s live finale this weekend.

The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale will take place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and the night’s main card airs on Spike TV.

McKezie, who represent Team GSP, scored with submission wins over Amir Khillah and Team Koscheck hand-picked, Marc Stevens to advance to the quarterfinals. Nevertheless, he fell short in that round when semifinalist Nam Phan stopped him with a few good strikes in the second round.

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The Official Trailer for UFC 124

Written on November 25, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The UFC 124 is coming in a few weeks. The anticipation from UFC fans is on its peak. Fighting Insider stirs more the excitement of people with an exclusive trailer of the event.

In less than two weeks, UFC welterweight champions Georges St-Pierre and UFC top contender Josh Koscheck will meet on the octagon. The two fighters will headline the coming UFC 124. The event will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal and airs live on pay-per-view.

FightingInsider.com embedded the video trailer together with the full fight card.

UFC 124 just ended the latest season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which featured St-Pierre and Koscheck as coaches. There will be no “TUF 12″ episode airing this week due to Thanksgiving celebration. But, a two-hour season finale next week will determine the last two finalists who will meet at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale on Dec. 4 in Las Vegas.

The coach versus coach bout is a much awaited part of the reality show. Koscheck needled the champion all throughout the three-month long series on Spike TV, but St. Pierre gains victory most of the time.

St-Pierre and Koscheck fought in 2007 at UFC 74. St-Pierre dominated Koscheck for a unanimous-decision victory.

St-Pierre has reclaimed the title after a year during UFC 83, where he had a rematch with Serra and scored a magnificent TKO win during the promotion’s first trip to the Bell Centre. Since that event, he had continuously defended his title four times. Winning over Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn, Thiago Alves and Dan Hardy. On the other hand, Koscheck has a 6-2 record since his first St-Pierre fight. This record included victories over Dustin Hazelett, Chris Lytle, Frank Trigg and Anthony Johnson. He secured his victory on the title shot with a decision win over Paul Daley.

See the list of fights and trailer after the skip.

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