UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes knows current UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre all too well, having faced him three times inside the octagon.
The rivalry between the two began at UFC 50 in New Jersey, Hughes being the current welterweight champion at the time went on to win their first encounter, forcing GSP to tap out to an armbar submission with 1 second left in the first round.
Their second fight, which took place at UFC 65 in Sacramento, California, represented the shifting of power atop the welterweight division. Longtime UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was defeated by GSP that night via TKO in the second round.
The GSP-Hughes trilogy bout went down at UFC 79 and was for the interim welterweight championship. The result was a second round victory for GSP, who forced Hughes to tap with an arm bar.
After fighting “Rush” on three occasions, Matt Hughes thinks GSP has all the talent and ability in the world to finish fights and wishes he would just go out there and do it more often, but his tendency to be ‘careful’ has prevented him from doing so.
Here are Matt’s thoughts on the matter via The MMA Hour:
“My one criticism with Georges is I wish the guy would finish more people because I know he has the ability to. He’s the best guy I’ve ever fought. I just wish he would go out there and do that to everybody else the way he made me feel. I’m not being mean, I’m, just being very honest. The guy has so much talent, just go out there and use it all. I think he’s just very careful. He doesn’t want to lose, which of course nobody does, but then the more effort you put into finishing a fight the more you open yourself up. Matt Serra is a great example, he was going out there striking with him and he got caught with a punch. I think he’s just a very careful person.”
When asked who he felt is the greatest welterweight of all time, Hughes said:
“You would have to say either me or Georges. I guess to differentiate, it would be opinion.”
When asked to choose one, Matt simply stated:
“Well, Georges beat me twice.”
Georges St. Pierre will make his long awaited return to the octagon to face interim champ Carlos Condit for the undisputed welterweight championship at UFC 154. The November 17th event will mark the third time that GSP will have fought in front of his home town crowd of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.