by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Matt Hughes defeated Matt Serra by decision at UFC 98, and following the co-main event bout he announced that he was a free agent. But before promotions start calling the former welterweight champion, he told Joe Rogan in his post-fight interview that he wouldn’t fight for anyone outside of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The fight with Serra was close, but resulted in a unanimous decision. Asked what was going through his mind as the judges’ scorecards were being read, Hughes stated, “I thought I had it. I’m sure Matt (Serra) thought the same thing. I thought I lost the first round and won the second two. The second round, I thought the majority was definitely on my side. I thought the third round was maybe a little closer, but I still thought it was mine. So, I went like I thought it was.”
“When he knocked me down in the first round, I didn’t know what hit me. When I finally realized what had happened, I thought it was the same punch that knocked GSP down,” Hughes said via his blog on his official website, Matt-Hughes.com. “My corner eventually told me that it was a head butt. His two minor submission attempts never even had me worried. When the fight was over, I was pretty confident I was going to get my hand raised.
“He stayed in real good position on his back,” added the former welterweight titleholder. “I thought I would be able to use my weight and strength a little bit better. I was wanting to throw more elbows, but he did a good job of defending where I didn’t get to throw the strikes that I was wanting to. I think I was able to wear on him a little bit, wear him out a little bit, but I thought he would be more tired than he was. He came in, obviously, better than I thought he would.”
At the point in his career when every fight completed begs the question of what’s next, Hughes discussed his future plans with the media, saying, “I don’t know what I’m going to do. D.W. (Dana White) and I will get in a room and we’ll talk about it, and we’ll figure it out.
“I definitely still want to compete. I still think I’m competitive in the weight division, so we’ll keep going,” said the 35-year-old fighter, clearly not ready to hang his gloves up. “It will be interesting to watch Thiago Silva and Georges St. Pierre go at it. It will be an interesting fight for me to watch. We’ll figure it out. Like I’ve said before, I’m not going anywhere.”