Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by Istryker, Mar 24, 2020.
No worries brother -
He doesn't have the standup and the wrestling of the rest roster has caught up significantly and some even surpassing.
Michael Chiesa and Masvidal are top 10.
I could see Hughes GNP'ing his way to a UD over them, so based off that, he could conceivably be top 5.
He was an extremely good wrestler and physically very imposing, but he'd lose to everyone he can't outwrestle, so i'd say he'd have a hard time against Usman, Covington and Woodley, as they are all good wrestlers, but have either better striking (Colby and Woodley) or ar significantly bigger (Usman).
Hes small for ww now
Every time he started doing that "They'll think I have good boxing if I hold my arms like an X" routine, I was like oh boy, here we go.
He's doing that shit against Alves it was like watching a deer line itself up in front of a car.
He'd get destroyed by mid-tier WW's if he fought in today's UFC. Everyone can beat that style now unless you're a next level wrestler like Usman or Colby which Hughes wasn't.
He would be a force to be reckoned with no doubt. Even with more modern training he wouldn’t be a great striker, but he’d still be crazy strong and likely fighting at 155. Champ or high level contender for sure.
Wouldnt be top dog, but a gatekeeper to the top 5, imo.
Hughes has a lot of "what ifs" about his career. He was as dominant as Fedor in a much deeper division, but didnt even train full time. My biggest question about Hughes was always "What if he took MMA as seriously as someone like GSP?" As opposed to basically doing camps before a fight? I wonder what he would have been like as a true student of the game that tried to constantly improve as opposed to guy who more or less did it as a part time job.
Eh I dont really like questions like these. Like does 2000's Hughes time travel and fight present day guys or is matt Hughes training and sparring with them?
I mean if he can make lightweight he's pretty much Khabib.
Instead of making homeless people do push-ups he just makes his own dad do push-ups.
Nowhere. Hughes had great takedowns and ground control when no one else did in that division at the time. His striking has always been terrible and he does not blend his striking to takedowns very well nor does he chain wrestle particularly well it is a big takedown at the first attempt or regroup and go again which is not the instinct of the wrestler heavy elite fighters of today
Prime hughes or the 40 year old husk that gsp finally beat?
His skill set was outdated 15 years ago...
I don’t think people take into account
the ability to adapt new training methods and techniques. Matt would do pretty well considering his base. To assume he would fight today and insist on early-mid 2000’s technique/training is asinine.
I don’t think he’s be as dominant in wrestling department as he was in his time. Takedown defense is way better nowadays than it used to be.
He was 33 when GSP finally beat him.
If him and his brother Mark were still pounding eachother behind the barn on the regular he'd be in pretty good shape and would have a decent chance in todays climate. imo