Jeff Hughes
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Gets new opponent for March 28
HeavyweightUFC
March 16, 2020
Hughes (10-3-0, 1 NC) is now scheduled to face Tanner Boser (17-6-1) in a heavyweight fight March 28 at UFC on ESPN 8.
ANALYSIS
Hughes will have to contend with both an opponent and venue change in his return to the Octagon. Along with Boser's addition to the card in place of Carlos Felipe (8-0-0), Hughes will head to a to-be-determined location for the fight after the event was moved from Columbus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hughes has gone 0-3 since joining the promotion.
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Booked for UFC Columbus
HeavyweightUFC
December 14, 2019
Hughes will take on Carlos Felipe in a heavyweight bout at UFC Columbus on March 28, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hughes has failed to record a victory in each of his first three fights with the UFC, most recently losing to Raphael Pessoa via unanimous decision at UFC Singapore in October. The 31-year-old is now 10-3 (1 NC) over his professional career, but it's safe to wonder how much more patience the promotion will have if Hughes is unable to contend against Felipe. Felipe has yet to make his UFC debut as he was suspended for two years in 2017 after testing positive for Stanozolol prior to making his debut, but he carries a record of 8-0 over his MMA career. Hughes carries a slight height advantage heading into the fight.
Still looking for first UFC win
HeavyweightUFC
October 27, 2019
Hughes lost to Raphael Pessoa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Singapore.
ANALYSIS
After three UFC fights, Hughes is still looking for his first win in the Octagon. He had a solid showing against Pessoa, but it was not enough to sway the judges. He landed 34 significant strikes, but Pessoa stayed ahead of him for most of the bout and landed 39. It will be interesting to see if Hughes retains his job in the UFC. He is now 0-2 and one "no contest," but on the other hand, the UFC is not exactly deep in terms of heavyweights.
Headed to Singapore for quick turnaround
HeavyweightUFC
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 MMAFighting.com report.
ANALYSIS
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.
Tough break in Vancouver
HeavyweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
HeavyweightUFC
June 25, 2019
Hughes will fight Todd Duffee at UFC Vancouver, Danny Austin of TheProvince.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.