A Legendary Moment From a Legendary Fighter
#25. Jim Miller vs Joe Lauzon 1
#24. Roger Huerta vs Clay Guida
#23. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Randy Couture
#22 Cheick Kongo vs Pat Berry
#21 Chris Leben vs Yoshihiro Akiyama
#20. Frank Shamrock vs Tito Ortiz
#19 Andrei Arlovski vs Travis Browne
#18. Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 2 and 3
#17. Georges St. Pierre vs Johny Hendricks
#16 Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva
#15. Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan
#14. Karo Parisyan vs Nick Diaz
#13 Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler 1 and 2
#12. Diego Sanchez vs Nick Diaz
#11. Matt Hughes vs Frank Trigg 2
April 16th, 2005
Co-Main Event of UFC 52
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Legendary fighter, Matt Hughes defends his belt against Frank Trigg for a 2nd time. They squared off 2 years earlier with Hughes winning by rear naked choke submission. Trigg was always a trash talker that loved to get under Hughes skin.
Hughes starts the fight by landing a hard inside kick. He shoots in for a takedown, which Trigg stuffs and then clinch. Trigg lands several uppercuts. They break away and Hughes lands a nice kick to the body. Hughes shoots in again and is stuffed and they both clinch. Trigg lands several uppercuts again. Trigg lands two knees in the clinch. Trigg lands a knee to the groin of Hughes, who steps back and holds his hands up to tell the referee. However, Trigg doesn’t hold up and goes in for the kill. He lands several huge shots on the feet to a hurt Hughes. One of the punches drops Hughes, and Trigg unloads a series of huge punches. Hughes is hurt bad. Trigg lands a bunch of elbows from on top. Hughes tries to hold on, but Trigg lands huge shots. He gets the mount, while Hughes holds on. Hughes gives up his back, and Trigg lands shots from behind. Hughes attempts to roll over, and Trigg sinks in a deep rear naked choke. Hughes face is going red and he looks like he is going to tap out. Amazingly, Hughes pops his head out, and reverses the position. Trigg attempts to get up, but Hughes locks in a bear hug on him. He picks Trigg up, and runs across the octagon holding Trigg. The crowd is going crazy. Hughes goes to mount and lands hard shots and elbows from the mount. Trigg goes to his stomach, and Hughes attempts to choke him. He rolls back to his back, and Hughes rains down more shots. Trigg gives up his back again, and Hughes locks in a rear naked choke, causing Trigg to tap out. Truly unbelievable.
Results and Notes:
Hughes wins by 1st round submission.
This will go down as the best moment of Hughes career, and one of the most memorable moments in MMA history. This was the first PPV after the Ultimate Fighter season 1 finale. Many fans viewed a UFC PPV for the first time and Hughes performance kept them fans.
Hughes would defend the belt two more times, before losing it for good.
Trigg would never be in such a big fight again.