Disclaimer: Don't read this if you don't want to know the winner of the fight!
There's no doubt that I'm a huge fan of the Gracie family - more specifically, what Gracie JJ did for the sport of MMA.
I was damn-near hyperventilating when Big John yelled, "Let's get it on." I've never been so excited to see a fight. The only Gracie I would've been more excited to see Hughes fight is Rickson. But, of course, that ain't gonna happen.
Unfortunately, the fight ended fast. I've gotta give my utmost respect to Matt Hughes. He did EXACTLY what he said he was going to do. His skills are nothing short of remarkable. His game has virtually no weak spots.
As for Royce, even if you're not a fan of him or his family, I hope you'll look at Royce's face when Matt had his left elbow hyperextended. I don't know of anyone who could've withstood that position. You can't deny Royce's focus and ability to withstand abuse.
But overall, I was disappointed because I know this was a once-in-a-lifetime event. I really wished the fight would've lasted longer so both fighters could've shown more of their skills. But Matt dominated, and he deserves all the credit.
Indeed, the sport of MMA has greatly evolved since UFC 1. The Hughes vs. Gracie bout perfectly supports that statement.