To become a legend, you must beat one. Former two-time UFC welterweight champion MATT HUGHES begins his run for an unprecedented third title against a young gun eager to take his place near the top of the 170-pound ladder in Brazilian slugger THIAGO “PITBULL” ALVES. Plus, Michael “The Count” Bisping, Brandon “The Truth” Vera, Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum, Mike “Quick” Swick, “Sugar” Rashad Evans, Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis and James “The Sandman” Irvin.
Matt Hughes had redemption on his mind after losing his title to BJ Penn in January of 2004, and what better way to get it than to win back the UFC®® belt Penn was stripped of. Standing in his way was young Canadian superstar Georges St. Pierre, who gave Hughes all he could handle until the Illinois native locked in an armbar and submitted 'Rush' with just one second left in the first round.
From the hotbed of MMA fighters, Fortaleza, Brazil native Thiago Alves is on a six-fight win streak including victories over the likes of Chris Lytle, Karo Parisyan, and the Matt Hughes. He'll now face another top contender, TUF veteran, Josh Koscheck.
Matt Hughes survived the sternest test of his reign as Welterweight Bouts champion as he outlasted fellow wrestler Sean Sherk via unanimous decision in a compelling five round war that saw both men match wits, skill, and strength for 25 minutes.
Fortaleza, Brazil is known for the notable fighters it produces, and Thiago Alves is no exception, winning his last eight fights. But does he have what it takes to dethrone the UFC Welterweight Champ, Georges St-Pierre, who's defended his belt twice already?