It was the upset of the night. Well, not so much an upset as it was a surprise. BJ Penn came out on fire and knocked out Matt Hughes in the very first round of their fight at UFC 123. Yup, we were shocked too.
Alot of people were questioning the resolve and commitment of BJ Penn before this fight. And rightly so. BJ has been in fights where it looked like he really wasn’t there. That wasn’t the case on this night.
Matt Hughes was not only knocked out – he was absolutely stunned afterward. You could see him on camera asking his corner people – “what happened?” He wasn’t a happy camper when he was speaking with Joe Rogan after the fight. Looking down at his glove and peeling the tape like he wanted to be somewhere, anywhere else in the world other than in that ring at that moment.
Matt Hughes will be back, in some way, shape or form. The guy is a MMA legend. And so is BJ Penn – now even more so.