On This Day: Matt Hughes wins welterweight title with brutal slam

November 2, 2015 9:46 am by Evan Bell

On November 2nd 2001, Matt Hughes and Carlos Newton fought for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 34. The fight ended with Newton wrapping Hughes up in a triangle choke, and Hughes lifting Newton up off the canvas and over to the cage where he slammed Newton to the ground, knocking him out cold and earning Hughes the UFC welterweight title.

There has been some dispute as to whether Hughes slammed Newton to the ground intentionally, or if he went unconscious from the triangle and dropped Newton.

Regardless, this is an iconic fight clip!


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