UFC 60: Matt Hughes vs. Royce Gracie
Last night after dinner I was flipping channels and stopped on Spike TV. I noticed they were re-airing UFC 60: Matt Hughes vs. Royce Gracie. This fight originally aired in May 2006, near the height of Mughes career. At the time he was arguably considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and definitely the top welterweight.
Royce on the other hand was a 40-year old legend, who came out of retirement for this fight. He was 11-0 at the time, but still no match for a much stronger and quicker fighter in Hughes. In round one, Hughes hyperextended Gracie’s arm in a kimura, but Gracie refused to tap and held on with a calm expression on his face. In a later interview, Hughes stated that he purposely let Gracie out of the arm lock because he knew that Gracie would not submit and would rather allow his arm to break. Hughes went on to win the fight by TKO due to strikes at 4:39 of the first round.
It’s always sad to see a legend come out of retirement only to get embarrassed or flame out (Brett Favre are you listening?). I’m not sure if Gracie just needed money or what, but there’s no way he could have thought he would win that fight. I admire his strength and courage though… not many people would let their arm get ripped out and not tap out.
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