“So we continue to fight and the strangulation was in place after the fact,” he said. “The starter was never in it. My elbow was in the wrong position, and even though I had locked it, it really was not in it. At this point, I’m still incredulous that the fight is not already over . I should party at this point, and now I’m still fighting. “
A few seconds later, Hughes broke free and, as the crowd erupted, one of the great sequences in the history of MMA took place, while Hughes picked up Trigg and made him cross the Octagon before slamming it. If the crowd was noisy before, now they produced a deafening roar.
“There is only one clip I like to watch,” said Hughes. “When I take Frank and take him across the Octagon. Before that moment, my corner would have thought that I had gone out, that they were going to enter the Octagon and that I was not going to raise my hand. I was this cornerman, so I knew exactly what was going on in their minds. And I’m a Christian, so I don’t like to use a lot of terms, but I like to use the word resurrection because I was out, finished, and I should have been the loser that night. But I picked it up and ran into the ring, and I love watching my four cornermen jump out of their seats. If I were the Cornerman, I would have been so excited that one of my brothers was back in the game. It’s the only clip I want to watch in all of my fights and I don’t even watch myself. I look at my four cornermen. It excites me. “
Once Hughes put Trigg on the mat, it was the end of the game, when he made a few strikes on the ground, opened a cup and sank into a bare rear throttle that produced a 4:05 tap of the first round. To date, you can get the chills watching the fight, even if you know the end, so it was not a surprise when it was the first fight put in the Fight Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame . Well, it may have been a surprise for Trigg.
“I didn’t expect it,” said Trigg. “It was really out of the blue. So when I got the call, I had to ask them to repeat themselves several times. I did not analyze what they really said. “
What they were saying was that Trigg and Hughes had produced a moment worthy of commemoration with a place in the Hall of Fame. And even if Trigg was on the losing end of the fight, the simple fact of having his place with the greats of the UFC is enough to appease this defeat.
“It’s a weird thing,” he said. “When I fought in Shooto, my first MMA loss was against Hayato Sakurai, and for Shooto, he was voted best fight of the year. In junior college, I was unbeaten going to the final of the national tournament and I lost in the final 4-2 and I get the sportsmanship of the year, which is like the best number two guy in the country. And this is the third time that I have received an award for losing something. And I always dreamed of being at the UFC Hall of Fame and I never thought it would happen, so I gave up. And yes, it’s a fight I lost, but it’s the UFC Hall of Fame. Whenever they announce me as a referee, they have to say Frank Trigg from the UFC Hall of Fame. It’s on my stunt CV, my acting CV, it’s almost like being knighted in the MMA community. “
As for Hughes, already inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2010, it’s something that reminds him of a special moment in the history of the sport.
“You think about it and you are just happy to be part of this period,” he said.
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