Following a 21 second KO at the hands of ‘The Prodigy’ BJ Penn, Matt Hughes reflects on his website. Hughes feels that the loss was a big move in the direction of retirement. Interestingly, Hughes also says that he was surprised Penn had the gameplan to exploit his opening jabs.
A lot of people have been asking about the fight and how I am doing. Of course, the fight didn’t go like I had planned it. I knew BJ was going to be in shape, but I didn’t know he was going to come in with a game plan and really look for my tendencies. I think BJ knew I was going to come in throwing my jab and I think he had a game plan for that. He hit me with a hard right hand that I never saw coming.
It’s funny how styles make fights and I’m not at all like Frankie Edgar. So it just kind of stinks that BJ came off two losses and then ended up beating me in less than 30 seconds. I knew BJ was going to be tough that first round. I was trying to get him into the second and the third round where I could wear on him, slow him down and soften him up a little bit; but it just didn’t go that way.
I don’t know what I’ll do now. I’m definitely going to take the winter off and some of the spring. I had three fights this year, so I’ve just got some other things I want to do; but I will say that this was one big step closer to retirement for me.
Here is the Bible verse for this week:
The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever. (Isaiah 40:8)