O'Driscoll (left) vs. Hughes(right)
This featherweight match up was a closely contested bout, and one of the two that went the distance.
Round one saw Hughes utilising a nice Thai plum against the cage and landing some vicious knees to the body of O'Driscoll. Hughes then tripped O'Driscoll and played a loose half guard until the fight was stood up.
Again, Hughes used his clinch to land some sharp knees to his opponent's torso. O'Driscoll then produced a nice trip, but unfortunately for the Lucan man, Hughes was able to use the cage to reverse the take down ending up in the guard of O'Driscoll.
O'Driscoll threw up his legs and looked like he nearly had the armbar at one stage but Kyuzo's Hughes defended well and skipped to side control.
The round ended up on the feet with O'Driscoll landing a big shot on the inside...a territory he looked good in all night.
In round two we saw more stand up out of the two men, with Hughes utilizing his long reach and O'Driscoll always looking to get inside.
However, Hughes seemed to control the centre of the cage and O'Driscoll was always backing up.
Again, O'Driscoll used a nice hip throw but Hughes was equal to it, reversing the throw before mounting his opponent. O'Driscoll did well to get out the back door, but Hughes finished the round with a takedown and some big shots against the cage.
O'Driscoll started round three with a beautiful teep kick, I thought the Lucan man's best chance was on the feet but he went back to his trusty hip throw again, which was reversed by Hughes all night, and this time was no different.
Hughes stood up and O'Driscoll was eventually back on the feet. At this stage, Hughes played a classic Randy Couture game, gassing O'Driscoll up against the cage with some fine wrestling. O'Driscoll was always dangerous on the inside but Hughes managed to neutralize it with his strong Greco-Roman game.
In the last 10 seconds of the fight, O'Driscoll, for the fifth time, tried the hip throw on Hughes and for the fifth time it was reversed. The fight finished in a scramble.
Conor Hughes won by Unanimous Decision