"[Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell] can still do it, so there’s no reason why I can’t. I’ve pulled out some of the old Matt Hughes tapes and I’m trying to get back to being that fighter.... I feel like I have a lot of good fights still left and I’m excited about it. I’m thankful this opportunity came along with Thiago, because Serra’s not going to be ready to fight for a while after his fight with Georges and I’m anxious to get back. Nobody should write me off just yet.... To be honest, I like the matchup [against Thiago Alves]. He’s a stand-up guy. On the ground, he’s not nearly as dangerous. I’ll be stronger, I believe I’ll be the better wrestler and I like the fact he’s kind of a slow starter. I think I can wear him out before he gets going."*
-- Matt Hughes talks to Yahoo!Sports.com about returning to his old form against Thiago Alves during the UFC 85: "Bedlam" main event at the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7. The former champion -- who dominated the welterweight division for several years -- has dropped two of his last three fights (albeit both to current UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre). Hughes took the bout on relative short notice after an injury to superstar Chuck Liddell forced him off the card.
*Note that the quote mash up above has been flipped around a bit to better suit this post, but it's all Hughes verbatim.