Matt Hughes Says Next Fight Possible for April 10

Matt HughesFormer UFC welterweight champ Matt Hughes, previously targeted for a February return, says his next fight is now likely to take place on April 10, with a location and opponent to-be-finalized.

“I have a possible date for my next fight, they tell me that it is April 10th,” Hughes today wrote on his official website. “I’ll tell you later who and where when I find out for sure if it is confirmed.”

The event, expected to be UFC 112, could be headlined by UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort.

Hughes (43-7) rebounded from back-to-back losses to Georges St-Pierre and Thiago Alves with a unanimous decision win over rival Matt Serra in May. Hughes is just 2-3 in his last 5 bouts inside the Octagon after going 12-1 since re-joining the UFC in 2001.

Hughes was rumored as a potential opponent for Renzo Gracie’s UFC debut, but Gracie will instead debut against another opponent, though the pair could still meet down the road.

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