When it comes to the discussion for the greatest UFC welterweight of all time, Matt Hughes cast a large shadow over all others. Hughes, who has already been inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame, discussed the current welterweight division while a guest on UFC Tonight.
For Hughes, his career remains at a stand-still. The former champion has been called out by Dan Hardy, but he has yet to decide if there will be another match in his future. The last time Hughes stepped foot inside the Octagon, Josh Koscheck defeated him via knockout.
As for what is going on right now at welterweight, Georges St-Pierre remains on the sidelines due to knee surgery. GSP still holds the title, but Carlos Condit claimed a share of it on an interim basis in his absence with a win over Nick Diaz earlier this year. Those two are set to meet, but the date of St-Pierre’s return is unknown.
As far as Hughes is concerned, Condit should be allowed to decide if he wants to wait for GSP – or take another fight in the meantime.
If he needs the paycheck, he should do it. If he wants to wait for the title shot, he’s earned it. Let him wait. GSP is tough. I don’t think anyone could (beat him).
Hughes also has a request for the next fighter to join him in the hall of fame: Don Frye.
I believe people should be retired before they go in. So I’m going old school and going to say Don Frye.
The 38-year-old Hughes will make a decision soon on if he will return to action. However, there is no taking away from what he has contributed to the sport of MMA during his long career.