You should know this story by now.
The event being just a couple weeks away meant the promotion would have to do some serious scrambling to find a short notice replacement opponent.
Luckily enough, Josh Koscheck is finally fully healed from facial injuries suffered late last year and immediately accepted the bout when called upon. After some jockeying on the other side, Hughes accepted as well.
After Thiago Alves booted him from the 170-pound title hunt back in 2008, Hughes managed to string together three consecutive wins before B.J. Penn pasted him at the 21-second mark of their rubber match at the UFC 123: "Rampage vs. Machida" event last November.
Hughes, who turns 38 in October, has been enjoying some downtime after a busy 2010 fight campaign that saw the flinty farmboy compile a 2-1 record with wins over Renzo Gracie (UFC 112) and Ricardo Almeida (UFC 117) before the aforementioned drubbing in his Hawaiian trilogy.
Can a bout against Koscheck push him back over the hump? Or just over the hill?
"Kos" hasn't been seen since an absolute drubbing he suffered at the hands of Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre back in Dec. 2010.
The standout wrestler turned striker got jabbed to death and left Canada with a broken orbital that required surgery and months of long and hard rehabilitation.
But he's back now and he's finally got that match-up against Hughes, one he's been wanting since 2009.
Time to put up or shut up.