Stop the presses -- it looks like Dana White may have spoken to soon.
Matt Hughes (40-5) wants to fight at UFC 68 in Columbus, Ohio, on March 3 rather than face Georges St. Pierre (13-1) at UFC 69 in Montreal, Canada, on April 7, according to FightNetwork.com.
Here's a snip from Hughes' manager Monte Cox:
"After discussing the future with Matt, it was agreed that it would be in his best interests to take a fight in between a rematch with St. Pierre. This way, he would have more time to train specific skills that would give him a better chance at winning back the title."
With nearly 50 professional mixed martial arts bouts under his belt, we're not exactly clear which skills Hughes will hone with a few extra months of training.
Here's a snip from the UFC president:
"I'm hearing word back that [Matt] Hughes might want to wait. We're going to Montreal in April no matter what."
Wow. Open mouth and insert foot.
A few days ago, we detailed a post about welterweight prospect and former The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season one middleweight champion Diego Sanchez (17-0) calling out Hughes (to see the video click here).
It looks like Diego may get a crack at Hughes after all. Or, in an even stranger twist, MMAWeekly.com briefly reported that Sanchez could fight St. Pierre on April 7.
This just gets better by the minute.
In the article, however, the former nine-time UFC champ also made it clear that he would prefer to fight in a venue closer to his Illinois farm. That's no surprise, considering Hughes has blasted Canadians in the past and would be reviled by virtually every single fan at the Belle Centre.
Understandably, Matt Hughes has earned a certain degree of pull with the UFC. But, letting him decide who and where he wants to fight doesn't seem right.
Not when the stakes are so high.
Even though, we must admit, Hughes-Sanchez would be a great fight.
We'll update you as soon as this mess sorts itself out.