Georges St-Pierre vs. Matt Hughes Full Fight Video

UFC 65 took place November 16, 2006 in Sacramento, CA. The main event was a welterweight championship fight between the champ, Matt Hughes, and the challenger, Georges St. Pierre.

This would be the second meeting between the two. They previously fought at UFC 50, where Matt Hughes earned the victory in Round 1 by submitting St. Pierre by armbar.

With one loss only to BJ Penn, Matt Hughes had been an extremely dominant champion in the welterweight division, winning 7 of his past 8 fights. He defeated Frank Trigg, Sean Sherk, Hayato Sakurai, Carlos Newton twice, Gil Castillo, and Renato Verissimo.

St. Pierre had been on a tear since joining the UFC in 2002. Before losing to Matt Hughes at UFC 50, St. Pierre had a perfect 7-0 record, beating fighters like Ivan Menjivar, Justin Bruckmann, Karo Parisyan, and Jay Hieron. After the loss to Hughes, St. Pierre wasted no time, going 5-0 in his next five fights against stiff competition. He defeated Dave Strasser, Jason Miller, Frank Trigg, Sean Sherk, and BJ Penn. It was St. Pierre’s continuing dominance up the welterweight ladder that earned him another shot at Matt Hughes.

Round 1: St. Pierre and Hughes meet in the middle of the ring. They circle briefly, then St. Pierre starts to open up with jabs. He starts immediately throwing leg kicks and punches. St. Pierre looks like a man possessed as he is the aggressor. Hughes throws a couple of punches back, but so far he can not match the output of St. Pierre. St. Pierre is really pushing the action, landing jabs and kicks. St. Pierre throws a spinning back kick that lands to Hughes body that forces him back into the cage.

They re-engage and St. Pierre accidently kicks to Hughes groin area. Hughes gets up and they continue. St. Pierre lands another kick to the groin right away, and Hughes takes a break. They continue in the center and St. Pierre continues where he left off. He is dominating in the stand up, throwing punches, leg kicks, and some knees. With about a minute left in the round, St. Pierre catches a kick from Hughes and takes him down. He works inside his guard, landing a few punches. Hughes is able to get back to his feet, and they move back to the center. Hughes tries to get St. Pierre down and he is unable to. With only seconds left in the round, St. Pierre connects with a strong hook that drops Hughes to the canvas. St. Pierre pounces trying to finish, but the horn sounds the end of the round.

Round 2:  They meet in the center again. St. Pierre opens up with a couple of kick attempts. St. Pierre looks to be the fresher of the two as Hughes face shows damage from Round 1. St. Pierre continues putting on a clinic, catching Hughes with stiff jabs, and throwing kicks that backs Hughes up. At the 3:43 mark of the fight, St. Pierre catches Hughes with a strong high kick to the face. The kick drops Hughes immediately to the canvas and he looks hurt. St. Pierre rushes Hughes and starts dropping bombs to his head. Hughes tries to hold on, but St. Pierre’s attack is too strong, and after 2 or 3 unanswered elbows from St. Pierre, referee John Mccarthy steps in and stops the fight. St. Pierre defeats Matt Hughes by KO in Round 2, and becomes the new welterweight champion of the world.


Is It Time for Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin to Step down from the Cage?

In a recent announcement Dana White has stepped up to the plate to say that both Forrest Griffin (10-5 UFC and 19-7 MMA), and Matt Hughes (18-7 UFC and 45-9 MMA), should step down from the cage. Not surprisingly, he may be up for some resistance from both of them.

Forrest Griffin

White says that Forrest has nothing left to prove. His career has been amazing, he has a family, he’s been able to make a lot of money and he won The Ultimate Fighter title when the odds were against him. From White’s perspective, what is the point of fighting if the goal to become a world champion is no longer there?

Griffin’s last fight in July at UFC 148 gave him a win over Tito Orbitz in a split decision. After this win, however, he exhibited some wild behavior by running from the ring and then taking the microphone to interview Orbitz. Griffin has seen three wins during his last four fights with only one loss at UFC 134 to Mauricio Rua.

White knows that it’s not easy to give up the limelight or the fame and understands that Griffin doesn’t like the idea of hanging up the gloves yet. He knows that it will be one of the hardest things that Griffin ever has to do – to walk away from the crowds and the excitement, but there comes a time when it needs to get done.

Matt Hughes

White also wants Hughes to retire. He says that like Griffin, Hughes doesn’t have anything left to prove in the ring since he’s already done everything. He’s been a longtime staple in the MMA arena but his time has come as well.

The last time Hughes fought was last September with a knockout loss at UFC 135 to Josh Koscheck. This was his second knockout in the first round after his KO loss at UFC 123 to B.J. Penn.

Is it time for Hughes and Griffin to go? Well, both of them aren’t hunting for a title anymore and the MMA clock is definitely ticking. While it’s going to be hard for both of them to step down, Griffin and Hughes can both be proud of their accomplishments and will hopefully move on to big things in the future.

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