Jeff Hughes
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Headed to Singapore for quick turnaround
October 3, 2019
Hughes will take on Raphael Pessoa in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Singapore on Oct. 16, Guilherme Cruz and Damon Martin of report.
Hughes caught a tough break his last time out when he fought Todd Duffee to a no-contest, and many thought there was a chance the company would run back that matchup. Instead, Hughes will get a quick turnaround and head to Singapore to face a fighter in Pessoa who lost his company debut in August. Hughes has shown some effectiveness in spurts when it comes to striking in each of his first two bouts with the UFC, so it seems he might have a slight edge in this fight. The two are quite similar in age, height, reach and experience.
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Tough break in Vancouver
September 14, 2019
Hughes fought Todd Duffee to a no-contest (accidental eye poke) at 4:03 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on Saturday in Vancouver.
This is a brutal way for a fight to end. Hughes took some big shots from Duffee early and was even taken down for a brief moment. He absorbed a hard right hand in some violent exchanges that did some serious damage, but he was able to recover. He even registered a big cut on Duffee's right cheek, and appeared to be the more composed fighter in the final minutes of the first round. However, while trying to get separation while Duffee was backed against the cage, Hughes appeared to accidentally graze the eye of Duffee. Once Duffee told the referee he was seeing double and the doctor had to step in, the ref eventually had to call the fight. This would be an interesting fight to run back, but it's unclear where Duffee stands with UFC brass after appearing to quit in the cage.
Set for UFC Vancouver
June 25, 2019
Hughes will fight Todd Duffee at UFC Vancouver, Danny Austin of reports.
Hughes earned a spot in the UFC with knockout on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He will look to bounce back from his most recent loss to Maurice Greene via split decision in March. He will take on Duffee, who is returning from a four-year absence.
Drops split decision in official UFC debut
March 9, 2019
Hughes lost to Maurice Greene via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas.
Hughes almost certainly lost Rounds 1 and 2 before rebounding in the third and final frame. The damage was already done. It's a considerable setback for a guy who entered his first official UFC bout as a -255 favorite. A product of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender series, Hughes earned his shot with the company after scoring a first-round KO of Josh Appelt last June. Hughes and Greene headlined a LFA event in April 2018, a fight which Hughes won via unanimous decision. He will probably get a second chance with the company.
Earns contract after KO at DWTNCS
July 25, 2018
Hughes defeated Josh Appelt via TKO (punch) at 4:26 of Round 1 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. The performance earned Hughes a contract with the UFC.
Hughes put effective striking and grappling on display in the first round, as he was able to get control of Appelt on the mat and started to pour on ground-and-pound. Appelt eventually got back to his feet, but didn't last long, as Hughes quickly ended his evening with an uppercut. Hughes is 30 years old with a 10-1 professional record, fighting most recently under the banner of Legacy Fighting Alliance. At this point, he's most well known at this point for being a training partner of former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, but is hopeful to change that in the very near future.