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Mark Hughes Eyes UFC Return

That’s right… Mark Hughes.  For those of you who remember back to UFC 28, Matt Hughes‘ twin brother Mark fought in a victorious effort against Alex Stiebling.  This was back in November of 2000, and Mark’s most recent fight was at an Extreme Challenge event in the summer of 2003.

MMA Weekly is now running a story that says Mark Hughes is all but signed for a UFC return for what one could guess would be the very near future.

Former UFC welterweight champion, and future UFC hall-of-famer, Matt Hughes had some comments on this topic:

“I do know that Mark is going to sign a contract with the UFC where he won’t compete for anybody else. And that’d be right here coming up. That’s all I can really tell you. That’s all I can really comment on.”

Matt also commented on if the brothers wanted to eventually compete on the same card:

“To be honest, we tried that in the past with the old owners and they just never went for it. But that’s been six, seven years ago probably. So, we’ll just see what comes out of it. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Hopefully if it does, it’ll be in the Midwest there somewhere.”

With rumors of a UFC event in the Midwest coming up, the Hughes brothers could end up fighting not only on the same card, but in front of a hometown crowd.  For now, the active Hughes brother has a more imminent concern in welterweight rising star Thiago Alves.  Hughes and Alves will take main event billing next weekend at the UFC 85: “Bedlam” card in London, England.

6 COMMENTS
  • Evan says:

    Very odd. Mark tends to Matts affairs on the family farm when Matt is training and in Matt’s book he claimed Mark has zero interest in competing. I am assuming he will be a MW.

  • drdsanders says:

    According to Hughes website, Mark has no intention of fighting. Mark has signed a no compete clause. Apparently theyve come to an agreement that if he were to fight again, it would only be for the UFC. According to the site, theyre essentially paying him NOT to fight. Sounds bizarre to me, but it’s not my proffession.

  • Erik W. says:

    I suppose it’s possible that other promotions have approached him to try to take advantage of the Hughes name, in which case UFC would be willing to pay him a nominal amount to keep him from competing elsewhere.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i remember being confused as fuck watching ufc 28 on video years ago, it had no sound, so we were watching matt hughes fight under the name of mark hughes. none of us could understand what was going on

  • JacRabbit says:

    “I suppose it’s possible that other promotions have approached him to try to take advantage of the Hughes name, in which case UFC would be willing to pay him a nominal amount to keep him from competing elsewhere.”

    I would agree–they wouldn’t want Mark competing and potentially tarnishing the likeness of Matt (future UFC hall of famer)

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    Does “Hughes Hatred Syndrome” (virulent and incurable) also apply to brother Mark?

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