Hughes was a heavy underdog heading into the fight with the younger Koscheck, but he came in poised and looking good in the early going, landing some punches that appeared to have Koscheck hurt. But Koscheck eventually settled down, began to hurt Hughes with punches, and finished him off on the ground at 4 minutes, 59 seconds of the first round.
"I just want to say thanks to Matt Hughes for taking this fight late in his career," Koscheck said afterward. "He's a legend and I'm really proud that I had the opportunity to fight a legend like Matt Hughes."
The win improved Koscheck's career record to 16-5, but afterward everyone wanted to know whether Hughes was ready to call it quits. When Hughes took the microphone at the end, he got a loud cheer and said he wasn't ready to announce his retirement, but that he also wasn't sure what was next for him.
"I'm not retiring," Hughes said. "I'm going to tell the UFC to put me up on a shelf and we'll see what happens after that."
Hughes, the all-time UFC record holder for most wins inside the Octagon with 18, embraced Koscheck after what had been 4 minutes and 59 seconds of good action inside the Octagon. If this was his last UFC fight he didn't go out a winner, but he did go out a warrior.
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