It only took 21 seconds for B.J. Penn to knock Matt Hughes out in the third match of their trilogy. Their epic series dates back to UFC 46 and while it feels like forever since they first met, it certainly didn't feel like forever once the bell rang. Penn landed two hard punches early, then a straight right hand that knocked Hughes down. Penn followed him with a few more punches on the ground but it was already over.
The win snaps a nice win streak for Hughes and snaps the two fight losing streak Penn had been on, both losses coming to current lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
The questions now become:
- Will Matt Hughes consider retirement now that he has lost the series to his biggest foe and likely won't ever compete for a title again?
- Will B.J. Penn stay at welterweight, a weight class where he has had very mixed results throughout his career?
I'm sure we'll know the answers soon, but a chapter of MMA history was closed tonight, and it was done with some serious quickness.