Josh Koscheck knocked out Matt Hughes in the first round of their co-main event at UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage.
Hughes kept jabbing and scoring points, but Koscheck found the sweet spot in the first round’s final minute and finished the UFC legend.
Hughes applied the same approach Georges St-Pierre did in his fight with Koscheck and favored the jab. The former UFC welterweight champ landed several jabs and followed with some right hands to score a decent amount of points halfway through the first round. It wasn’t until the final minute that Koscheck landed a right hand that shook Hughes. From there, Koscheck kept on the assault and wouldn’t let up. Hughes fell the ground and Koscheck repeatedly landed punches from top position. After a few hammerfists, Hughes fell limp and the referee stepped in with just a moment to spare.
The stoppage came with just a second left in the round at 4:59 of the opening stanza.
“Thanks to Matt Hughes for taking this fight late in his career,” Koscheck told Joe Rogan in his post fight interview.
There were rumblings that this would be Hughes last fight of his career, but in his post fight interview with Joe Rogan, he said he wasn’t calling it quits until the bosses say so.
With the win over Hughes, Koscheck bounces back after losing his bid at the welterweight title to Georges St-Pierre, improving his record to 16-5 overall. Hughes collects the ninth loss of his storied career.