Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of famer Matt Hughes is feeling pretty good about his upcoming MMA fight with “Ultimate Fighter” season one winner Diego “The Dream” Sanchez at UFC 135. Hughes, who is currently coming off an embarrassing knockout loss to former UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn, is confident he’ll be able to stop Sanchez when they meet inside the Octagon.
“I think it’s going to be a good fight,” Hughes said at a UFC 135 Q&A session. “I would love to stop Diego. He’s not easy to stop. That would be great. It’s going to be tough, though. He’s a gamer. You’ve got to be prepared physically and mentally.”
Diego on the other hand is coming off a controversial decision over Martin Kampmann at “UFC Live 3.” Despite a few bumps along the way, Diego’s MMA record is very impressive. At 29 years old with a career MMA record of 23-4, most would agree “The Dream” is a legitimate welterweight contender.
Stylistically, both MMA fighters match up pretty evenly. Given Hughes’ body of work in the past few years, he’ll definitely be in for a long night against Sanchez. Hughes should able to control the fight with his wrestling ability, but Diego’s gameness might be too much for the 37 year old MMA fighter.
For Sanchez, a win over an MMA legend like Matt Hughes might be just what he needs to get into the championship conversation. Sanchez earned a shot at the UFC’s lightweight title in 2009 against BJ Penn, but has never earned one in the welterweight division. It’s a really tough MMA fight to pick, but at the end, Hughes wrestling will probably be too much for “The Dream” to handle.