Agree To Disagree: Can Matt Hughes Collar The Big Dog In Oakland?

Jordan BujkoContributor IAugust 6, 2010

Usually, "Agree To Disagree" is garnered towards matches that I think would be fun to watch if they did happen, basically just fantasy matches that would be awesome to watch, but tomorrow is UFC 117, so I thought I'd do something different for "Agree To Disagree" this time.

Besides the Chael Sonnen-Anderson Silva fight, I don't have anything like a pull for the people I'd like to win. I mean don't get me wrong, I do respect Anderson Silva, he's a good fighter, but he's clearly not the same fighter he was when he fought Dan Henderson.

He's more arrogant and disrespectful towards some of his opponents, some of which could have actually finished off Silva if they wanted to.

Chael Sonnen is not Dan Henderson as far as takedowns or any other skill, and despite what everyone says, I think he will be the winner and your new Middleweight Champion after tomorrow night.

This article isn't about Sonnen or Silva, though.

What this covers is the first of two welterweight fights on the main card: Ricardo Almeida Vs. Matt Hughes.

Now regularly, I would be a Matt Hughes fan, as I feel Hughes can not only be more fluid with the takedowns and dangerous when he strikes, but Hughes could also use his wrestling to control Almeida on the ground.

Also, Almeida is a student of Renzo Gracie, but both Gracie and Matt Serra — a student of Renzo's— have come up short against Hughes, although Serra's fight with Hughes at UFC 98 had very little to do with the Gracie name.

But, could Almeida do what Renzo and Serra couldn't do and beat the legend that is Matt Hughes?

I understand that compared to Renzo, Almeida will have better striking, submission defense, takedown defense, takedowns, and if you ask Matt Brown about if Almeida has lethal submissions, he'll bring up a night in New Jersey at UFC 111.

If Almeida can show any of that hype to be true against Hughes, who is best known for many things including his win by a slam over Carlos Newton, I will be very impressed.

Then again, Hughes could trap Almeida in any number of positions and either submit him or pound his face in when he's on the ground.

I usually say "the number of ways this fight this fight could go are endless" and this fight isn't any different.

The only difference between this and my past two "Agree To Disagree" pieces were that the past two fights were fight I would have liked to see happen.

This fight between Big Dog and Hughes actually will happen tomorrow night in Oakland.

I still invite you to let me know what you think, though.

Will Big Dog Almeida be able to put the bite down on the legendary Hughes, or will Matt Hughes be able to collar the barking mad protege of the legendary Renzo Gracie.

You are now free to Agree To Disagree, Bleacher.

What do you think?

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