Hughes: Champs should strive to win new belts, not defend old ones


The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Famer and former ruler of the promotion's welterweight roost, during a recent UFC fan chat, said the mixed martial arts (MMA) champions of today should take a page out of his book and go into a title fight looking to win a new belt, rather than defend the one they already have.

"I was big on always going out and winning a new belt. I never thought of it as defending a belt. I always thought of it as winning a new one. I think when people are trying to defend, they're not as exciting and they don't have as much drive as a guy trying to go out and win a new belt."

According to Matt, by obtaining this mentality, champions will be more 'exciting' and have more 'drive' to perform. The approach worked nicely for him, so why wouldn't it work for the rest of the UFC's divisional kingpins?

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PrettyBoy site profile image  

2/7/13 1:32 AM by PrettyBoy


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2/7/13 12:25 AM by MMA Architect

Yes, what else? (and show us... pics, drawings, etc)

omlet de fromage site profile image  

2/7/13 12:03 AM by omlet de fromage

Sylvia's 2 defenses were decisions. I'm just being a dick, I agree with what you're saying.

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2/6/13 11:59 PM by mofomike

Hughes is one of the great ones.

Chiron site profile image  

2/6/13 11:54 PM by Chiron

I still wish Hughes would've fought Fitch before retiring. I'm not sure about today, but even 3-4 years ago I think Hughes was still at a level where, with his skillset, would've been a bad matchup for Fitch.

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2/6/13 11:52 PM by Pessimist_Pete

Hughes is full of crap.

RileyPust site profile image  

2/6/13 11:52 PM by RileyPust

What else would you do with animal genitals? Pervert.

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2/6/13 11:51 PM by Chiron

I agree with Hughes. What's funny is back in the day he was criticized for being too conservative in the cage. So was Miletich. The Miletich camp was basically the old school equivalent of modern day Tri-Star - a camp with a lot of good fighters who were relatively conservative compared to other fighters of the day. Hughes, Miletich and Sylvia were all criticized for being too conservative. However, compared to today's safety-focused pointfighters like GSP, Edgar, Guida, Fitch, etc, the Miletich team was pretty damn aggressive because the sport and the athletes still held truer to the sports fighting roots than their conservative counterparts do now. There was much less of a focus on just winning rounds. I'm pretty sure that between Hughes, Sylvia, and Miletich none of them had more than 2 wins in a row go to a decision even in title fights.

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2/6/13 11:48 PM by Harold_Howard

I like how he mutilated animal genitals and threw them at people

RileyPust site profile image  

2/6/13 11:43 PM by RileyPust

He's saying that because the champ gets a new belt every time he wins as champion. And if you can apply something mentally, of course it's practical in the real world.