It was a fight that was drawing all of the headlines and making UFC betting news. One that any fans of UFC would be paying to watch.
But the fight would find its end pretty early on, in just the second round. A quick victory to end things and send people out to the bars.
Georges St. Pierre would defeat Matt Hughes in the second-round via submission, thus ending his night a lot earlier than he had expected. St. Pierre was a huge favorite, so it was a big evening for those that bet on him. And also a huge surprise to the losing fighter himself.
Hughes tried to dishearten his opponent by saying the injury that he withdrew with wasn’t as bad as others he had suffered before. But, on this night, Hughes was all talk. He never really stood a chance, which was proven true with his bowing out so early on.
Can’t Stop St. Pierre
The two had previously fought in 2004, where Hughes was the victor. And a few years later, meeting again, that was on St. Pierre’s mind. He met him again in 2006 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif., coming away victorious, making MMA news.
That was a huge part of his aggression, having the opportunity to take revenge again. Flashing ahead to the present, this fight was nearly over in round one.
If the bell had not rung when it did, St. Pierre’s victory would have been official. He had Hughes in trouble, as Hughes was dizzy and slipping. When they went back to their respective corners to hydrate, clean the wounds and get some words of wisdom, St. Pierre knew what he had to do.
It was time to just end the fight, here and now. Hughes left himself vulnerable by being a little too aggressive with a takedown try, and St. Pierre got a clean kick to Hughes’ head. He was all over him with elbows after that and got him to the ground in quick succession.
At the 1:35 mark of round two, official John McCarthy officially stopped the match. Revenge was successfully taken by St. Pierre.
On his victory, St. Pierre said that he had practiced for situations like the final one that presented itself. He faked going low with the kick and went high where his opponent wasn’t expecting it.
And so he was the welterweight champion.
Running Out of Gas
Hughes’ career was that of a no-doubt Hall-of-Famer. Between 2001 and 2006, he won an incredible 99 bouts.
He never rolled over easily, and he did what few fighters are capable of. He averaged 16 wins per year for a six-year span, where guys generally fight five to seven times a year.
He was 99-1 in that span, with only a loss to BJ Penn taking him aback. And he was able to avenge that.
He came into this fight having been a perennial winner that had a hard time accepting defeat. Hughes always challenged himself to fight another opponent, never resting after victory.
Where he went wrong was accepting this invitation from St. Pierre a mere seven weeks after the defeat of Penn. He didn’t give himself any time to rest up, which he hadn’t done before. But this was obviously a very different circumstance.
That could have been reason one of many why he came up short. Perhaps he was just outmatched, as a lot had changed since his 2004 win.
St. Pierre, The Champion
St. Pierre became the welterweight champion with his victory in the second round via submission. It’s a belt that he hopes to have the chance to defend again soon.
If Hughes decides to come calling for a part 4, it’s hard to see St. Pierre declining, which could lead to some great UFC betting odds.