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Hughes still hopeful of fight with Serra, but Alves comes first

Matt Hughes might have lost a step since his heyday as welterweight champion, but he isn't about to let a young pup like Thiago "The Pitbull" Alves come between himself and a grudge match with Matt Serra.

Originally Published: June 5, 2008
By Michael Woods | Special to ESPN.com

The call came from Dana White on a Friday.

"Look, we need a headline fight for UFC 85 in London," White told Matt Hughes, a former UFC welterweight champion who had been mulling his options after a disappointing second-round submission loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 79 in December. "We'd like you to step in for Chuck Liddell, who's injured, and fight Thiago Alves. Will you do it?"

Hughes told White he'd think about it, and hung up the phone. He talked about the Alves bout ...

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