Rumor Central: Hughes to hang it up, win or lose

May, 22, 2009
Rossen By Jake Rossen

ESPN's "MMA Live" had Stephan Bonnar on board this week, and he might have tipped Matt Hughes' postfight speech. According to Bonnar, Hughes told him that -- win or lose -- Saturday's bout with Matt Serra will be his last.

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If true, good for Hughes. The temptation to stick around past your athletic expiration date can be embarrassing in most sports; in MMA, it can lead to dehydration … via blood loss.

Hughes has seen the precipitous slides of Chuck Liddell and others. No one ages gracefully in the ring or cage. Beating Serra and making his farewell speech without having to talk through a broken jaw is as good a way for Hughes to go out as any.

Jake Rossen is a contributor to His byline has appeared in the New York Times,, and numerous other outlets. He began covering mixed martial arts in 1998.




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