Hughes came out looking good, starting with some nice left jabs hitting Koscheck where GSP had injured him. Koscheck seemed a bit hesitant to exchange while he figured out Hughes’ timing.
Once Koscheck got Hughes’ timing figured out, however, he began throwing a few uppercuts whenever Hughes would throw the jab.
Hughes consistently left his hands down when throwing his jab and got caught with an overhand right from Koscheck about halfway through the first round.
The two continued to exchange for a while, with Koscheck landing a few more big strikes before Hughes put him in a clinch. While holding Koscheck in the clinch Hughes went for a knee, but appeared to slip and fell to the mat.
That was the beginning of the end for Hughes as Koscheck began to swarm, landing some vicious hammer fists, followed by some ground and pound.
Hughes turned over and Koscheck landed more brutal hammer fists right to the temple.
Hughes was knocked out at 4:59 in the first round.
During the interview with Joe Rogan, Hughes was visibly saddened by his loss, holding back tears, but told Rogan that he wasn’t planning on retiring just yet.
Hughes said he was going to ask the UFC to put him on the shelf for a while so he could presumably weigh his options before he comes to a decision.
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