Co-Main Event | UFC Welterweight Championship | 170 lbs
Matt Hughes defeats Carlos Newton via KO/TKO at 1:27 of Round 2
|29-3-0||Pro Record At Fight||10-4-0||Climbed to 30-3||Record After Fight||Fell to 10-5|
|Hillsboro, Illinois||Fighting out of||Newmarket, Ontario|
|28 years, 6 days||Age at Fight||25 years, 2 months, 2 days|
|169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs)|
|5'9" (176cm)||Height||5'9" (176cm)|
|Finney's HIT Squad||Gym||Warrior Mixed Martial Arts|
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC 34: High Voltage
- Date: Friday 11.02.2001
- Referee: John McCarthy
- Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
- Bout Billing: Co-Main Event (fight 6 of 8)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Jeff Osborne, Jens Pulver
- Broadcast: N/A
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Ryan Bennett
- Hughes Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Newton Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Title on Line: UFC Welterweight Championship
- Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Newton
Hughes vs. Newton I Wiki Update Wiki
Although Carlos Newton was the reigning Welterweight Champion of the UFC when he first met Matt Hughes at UFC 34 in 2001, Hughes boasted almost three times as much professional fight experience as the champion. During their back and forth fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, Hughes established himself as the man to beat at 170 lbs. when he knocked Newton out with a slam while attempting to escape from a tight triangle choke in the second round.
There was little promotional material attached to the first fight between Hughes and Newton.
Hughes, the challenger, entered the cage first, followed by Newton, who wore an Afro and was accompanied by a female escort and two other men with costumes. Hughes remarked later that he was annoyed with Newton’s entrance and wanted to make an example out of him.
The first round was a hotly contested grappling match with both fighters gaining dominant positions multiple times, but little in terms of significant strikes was landed throughout the round.
Hughes scored a quick slam takedown early on into the second round before slamming Newton onto the mat against the cage while attempting to escape from a tight triangle choke. Hughes did not initially realize that he had won the fight when the referee intervened and stopped the action.
While Newton would never go on to win another significant MMA title during his career, Hughes went on to become one of the most accomplished champions in the sport’s history, defending his welterweight title a total of seven times during two separate title reigns.