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UFC 135 Results: Should Matt Hughes Have Just Called It Quits After His Loss?

LONDON - JULY 13:  Matt Hughes of the USA and current Welterweight Champion celebrates his win over Carlos Newton of Canada during the Ultimate Fighting Championship, 'Brawl in the Royal Albert Hall', in the Royal Albert Hall London, England on July 13, 2002. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
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Sal DeRoseCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2011

Matt Hughes got knocked out by Josh Koscheck in his return to the octagon at UFC 135 in Denver.

Before the knock out though Hughes' striking had never looked as good. Hughes was throwing crisp strikes and showing great striking defense.

Then with one hole Koscheck was able to exploit, Hughes was knocked down. Then Koscheck was able to jump in and throw big shot after big shot to the face of the downed Hughes.

Before everybody knew it, the fight was over with one second left in the first round.

After the fight the UFC Hall of Famer told UFC color commentator, Joe Rogan, that he would ask the UFC to put him on a shelf instead of retiring.

If Hughes could go back in time, should he have said he would retire instead?

Hughes is a legendary fighter and a one of kind person. If he wants to stick around more power to him.

Hughes has to endure the rigorous training, the less time he has to spend with his family and all that while running his farm.

If he feels like he can still do it, why stop him?

Hughes will also have to endure the thought of being a stepping stone to the younger, up-and-coming fighters.

But again, if he feels like he can still do it, why stop him?

Hughes looked good tonight until he got clipped. At 37 years old, that is a pretty impressive feat. Hughes can still compete at a high level, but not high enough to face the top fighters the welterweight division has to offer.

Hughes shouldn't have retired, I don't think he should even be put on the shelf. Ultimately though it is his decision and I'm just happy he is sticking around.


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