How does Prime Matt Hughes fair against today's top WWs?

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  1. RiotWyatt

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    Could beat:
    Lawler
    Maia
    Condit
    Gastelum
    Magny
    Brown
    Story
    Kim
    Nelson
    Saffeidine
    Cerrone

    Would lose:
    Thompson
    MacDonald

    On the fence:
    Hendricks
    Alves
    Woodley

    Matt Hughes' incredible strength and grappling acumen would still give a lot of guys trouble these days.
     
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    Breaking One shall stand, and one shall fall.

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    He'd get crushed. I'm not saying that he hasn't earned his place in history, I'm just saying that the sport has seriously blown by his skill set.
     
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    Yes but he would lose to Doo Ho Choi, the Korean Superboy
     
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    I can only see him beating a few of those guys. I think the striking in welterweight has evolved quite a bit since then!
     
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    He could definitely beat a lot of them

    Rory, wonderboy, condit & magny would give him the biggest problems I think


    He would never fight robbie
     
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    He'd be in the top 10-12. He was amazing for his era but the sport has evolved.
     
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    He would get murdered.
     
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    I don't agree with this, and I'm a Matt Hughes hater.
     
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    I understand what you're saying but Matt Hughes has exceptional skill sets of his own that are still unmatched by many of today's competitors. Plus, I could see him holding a lot of them against the cage and earning boring decisions.
     
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    Alves is a natty LW now, bro. ;)
     
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    He wouldn't do well he'd be to one dimensional
     
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    He'd be in the top 7 somewhere, possibly top 5. Could beat anyone on any given night. I'm not a Hughes fan at all.
     
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    Beating Maia?
    I'm not seeing that.
     
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    Hughes couldn't beat a chubby LW due to the skill gap.

    I'm sure he would not do well vs the more well rounded and even bigger WWs of today.
     
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    He would fare a lot better at 155.

    Striking has evolved too much for him to have a shot standing with the longer guys at 170. And there are a bunch of them.
     
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    Pretty much this. Hughes was a specialist,and his wrestling was able to trump whatever his other opponents were good at. But with the level being raised he couldnt hang on with what he had.
     
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    Breaking One shall stand, and one shall fall.

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    How would he do against any of the long, rangy, strikers? He'd get picked apart.

    How would he do against the wrestlers? Can you imagine him using those giant slams in the UFC today? He'd be an average wrestler at best in today's UFC, and GNP doesn't come quite as easily as it used to.

    How would he do against the wrestlers with God given thunder in their hands, like Woodley and pre-USADA Hendricks? Smashed. His striking offense and defense were really a product of their time...the game has blown past all that.
     
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    I dont think its fair to say it just like that for your agenda. Yes Bj was better skilled than Hughes,but he was also better skilled than 99% of the mma world,when that fight took place. He also was able to win the rematch.
     
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    Really? I don't find that to be the case at all. Matt Hughes finished more fighters than most fighters have fights. He had 18 submission wins and 17 KO's. He had excellent wrestling, competent stand up, and a solid BJJ game. He also had intangibles to go along with that skill set which allowed him to win the belt twice and defend it a total of 7 times.
     
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