Both Rich Franklin and George St. Pierre need only time to recover from their UFC 83 bouts before facing their next challenge, according to Dave Meltzerâ€™s latest article from Yahoo! Sports:
â€œNew welterweight champion St. Pierre was offered a title defense with Jon Fitch, but felt his hands were damaged in his win over Matt Serra in Montreal and he couldnâ€™t be ready in such a short period of time. Franklin, who also fought in Montreal, was offered a match with Dan Henderson, but felt after such a hard training camp that he wouldnâ€™t be able to peak again so soon. Both fights are expected to take place later this year.â€
The article also highlights how Matt Hughes came into the picture to face Thiago Alves at UFC 85, and shared Hughesâ€™ strategy for attacking the 24-year-old up and comer:
â€œLast Tuesday I was at practice and I did the whole practice, I didnâ€™t just coach,â€ said Hughesâ€¦When my boys ran sprints, I ran sprints, and everything I taught them, I did as well. So from there I kinda got the itch too where I said, â€˜Hey, Iâ€™m not in bad shape,â€™ and my plan was to start getting ready to return. Then Dana (UFC President Dana White) called and I didnâ€™t hesitate to take the fight.
Thiago is coming off a big win against Karo Parisyan, so honestly, Iâ€™ll probably look to take him down, try to wear him out and get him a little slower because heâ€™s got such quick punches, knees and kicks,â€ said Hughes, a two-time welterweight champion whose hopes for a title shot appear slim after St. Pierre thoroughly dominated him. â€œI think strength will come into play, me being bigger than he is, but Iâ€™m glad to fight Thiagoâ€
Additionally, Meltzer was able to shed a little bit of light on Chuck Liddellâ€™s revised situation:
â€œLiddell, meanwhile, hopes to be back for a show in September. His likely opponents would either be Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who he was originally scheduled to face in London before Rua had surgery for a torn ACL, or more likely whoever wins the May 24 match between Wanderlei Silva and Keith Jardine.â€
Not exactly earth shattering news about Liddell though personally Iâ€™m hoping Rua can recover and get back into fighting shape to meet “The Iceman” in September.