"I think Ricardo will be hungry for this fight, I’ve beaten two Gracies and a teammate and, back about ten years ago, I beat Ricardo himself in a grappling match in Abu Dhabi. So on one hand he’s got a lot of motivation and on the other he sees what I just listed and knows I’m a threat. I think he will come at me hard and try to get me down to the ground somehow. He wants to be on top of me, but I’m sure if he’s on the ground he’ll be happier than on his feet."
Flinty farmboy and former welterweight champion Matt Hughes anticipates a stiff test from grappling guru Ricardo Almeida when the two rivals come together at UFC 117 on Aug. 7 in Oakland. Hughes has a few Gracies under his belt and wants to add one of their prized students to his list of conquests. Can he break the "Big Dog" this Saturday night at the Oracle Arena?