Matt Hughes All Done?

Nick ColonSenior Analyst INovember 1, 2008

With father time ticking, how much longer does Matt Hughes have left in the UFC?

The simple answer is not too much longer, though Randy Couture would try to prove me wrong.

Matt Hughes was indeed one of the best Welterweights of this era. "Was" being the key word. In his prime, there was none better than Mr. Hughes. No matter who you put in front of the guy, he would take him to the ground, dominate, and end it eventually. The same could be said now of the fighter's who game plan for the former champ.

Thiago Alves, an up-and-coming fighter in the UFC's Welterweight division just took Hughes out with a very quick knee, and some devastating ground and pound. His next opponent is Matt Serra, and you can bet that he is planning for a fight that ends up going to the ground.

But not to avoid the question asked at the beginning of the much longer does the former UFC champion have?

Well, he himself knows the time is drawing near for him to retire. He said it himself after the Alves fight. He said that he did not want to be the punching bag for anyone and it's clear that Hughes is just that for the higher contenders. He's still adamant that he wants another title shot, but unless something drastic occurs in his game plan, he won't get that shot.

He will however get that Serra shot, and for now, that's good enough.