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Matt Hughes recently got his name in the headlines when he called out UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre for fighting safe and not finishing more fights. As it turns out, the Canadian agrees.
In fact, in 18 career bouts under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner, the current welterweight champion has gone the distance nine times. That's good for a 50-percent finishing rate, which simply doesn't cut it in the eyes of fight fans eager to see knockouts and submissions.
That includes Matt Hughes, who recently called "Rush" out for his safer style, brought on, presumably, by the Canadian's knockout loss to Matt Serra. That's when he allegedly started playing it safe and the numbers reflect as much.
In six of his nine fights since, the judges were called on to make the decision.
For his part, St. Pierre hears the criticism. And you know what? He actually agrees with it.
"I agree with the criticism. I want to do better. I want to give more entertainment to the fans. Ive been training to jump more on opportunities that are open to me. I'm still gonna fight my fight, but I'm going to be more opportunistic."
There won't be many opportunities against his next opponent, Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit, whom St. Pierre will take on in the main event of UFC 154 on Sat., Nov. 17, 2012, in Montreal Quebec, Canada.
But if there is, should we believe he'll take advantage of it? Or are we headed for yet another decision?