If we forget for a moment that GSP exists, Matt Hughes would have gone down in history as the greatest UFC welterweight champion of all time. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on whether or can understand his French-Canadian accent), GSP does exist. Even still, Hughes one of only two people to ever score a win over the current, and long standing 170lb champion. I’m no expert, but if that were an easy thing to do then more people would have done it. You can either honor Matt Hughes as a legend of the sport, or hate him tirelessly for his recreational activities outside of the Octagon. We’re not exactly sure where Randy Courture stands on that side of the Matt Hughes admiration spectrum, but on Sirius XM Radio, he had the following things to say with regards to the offer the UFC just made to the former welterweight champion
I gave the UFC and Dana every opportunity to find a way to significantly use me since I retired a year and a half ago. They acted like they were doing me a favor by giving me the four events on FOX a year as a commentator. In my opinion and estimation, (that’s) not a terribly significant role in the organization, and the company of Zuffa. So I tried like hell to get them to keep me with the company in some significant way and they had nothing for me.
I made them aware that this offer had come onto the table, that the TV thing was heating up for me, that there were significant offers being pushed to me, but I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement to even hear those pitches and could not tell them specifically what was going on or who was offering what.
So, you know, in my professional estimation, they had an opportunity to keep me and use me. They chose not to, and a week later, after this whole thing leaks, they give a job to Matt Hughes in a significant fashion. Frankly that was a big ‘f–k you’ to me from Dana. And that’s exactly what he intended to do.
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