Hughes vs Koscheck is now official. The UFC made the matchup official late Tuesday via Twitter.
Now I'll be the first to admit, I'm not a Koscheck fan. I hope Hughes demolishes him. But I think that this matchup favors Koscheck. I believe his wrestling is better than Hughes' wrestling and I believe Koscheck has better striking abilities.
The other thing to consider is that Koscheck was looking to return at UFC 139 on November 19th at middleweight. If Koscheck is bulking up to make the move to 185 pounds, he could have a distinct size advantage on Hughes.
I believe that Hughes will look to retire after this fight. It's the last fight on his current UFC contract and I think he's hit the end. I don't see the passion that Hughes once had for the sport. Also he's becoming one of the old guard. He's just not evolving anymore and his tactics have been figured out long ago. The only fights left for Hughes if he does continue are interesting fights like the one he had with Renzo Gracie.
I just hope that if this is Hughes' last fight, he goes out on top like Chris Lytle recently did. That being said, Hughes vs Koscheck is now official for UFC 135 and I'm rooting for Hughes to get the win.