The former two-time welterweight champion Matt Hughes will most likely face Renzo Gracie as part of the UFC 112 main fight card. In a recent interview, Hughes mentions the fact that fight deal has not yet been inked but both parties have agreed to meet in the Octagon in Abu Dhabi on April 10th.
Hughes will return to the cage after defeating Matt Serra via a unanimous decision back in late May at UFC 98. Prior to that fight, he lost via an armbar submission against Georges St. Pierre and then by TKO against Thiago Alves.
Renzo is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) expert and a Gracie Barra Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. and a member of the Gracie family from Brazil. He holds notable wins over Pat Miletich, Oleg Taktarov, Frank Shamrock, Carlos Newton and Maurice Smith.
From Matt Hughes:
“I didn’t know if I could say anything about my next fight, but I see that Dana has let the cat out of the bag. So I can tell you what I know, on April 10th I will be fighting Renzo Gracie in Abu Dhabi. I haven’t signed any paperwork and I don’t think Renzo has either; but I think this fight is going to happen. That’s all I know, serious training will start for me at the new year.”