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?