Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes and UFC newcomer Renzo Gracie, who recently signed a muti-fight deal with the promotion, are likely to square off at UFC 112 on April 10 in Abu Dhabi, Hughes today confirmed on his official website, though the pair have yet to officially signed on for the contest.
“I didn’t know if I could say anything about my next fight, but I see that Dana has let the cat out of the bag. So I can tell you what I know, on April 10th I will be fighting Renzo Gracie in Abu Dhabi,” wrote Hughes. “I haven’t signed any paperwork and I don’t think Renzo has either; but I think this fight is going to happen. That’s all I know, serious training will start for me at the new year.”
After losing three of his last four, including back-to-back losses to Georges St-Pierre and Thiago Alves, Hughes (43-7), a two-time welterweight champ and two-time All-American wrestler, bounced back in his most-recent fight in May, defeating rival Matt Serra by unanimous decision at UFC 98.
Gracie (13-6-1), a member of the legendary Gracie family and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, last fought in early-2007, defeating Frank Shamrock by disqualification at EliteXC’s debut event, his third-straight win following victories in the IFL over Carlos Newton and Pat Miletich.
Pictured: Matt Hughes