The main event is up now: Matt Hughes vs. Thiago "Pitbull" Alves. This fight will take place at a catch weight of 174 pounds, since Alves missed weight by four pounds at the weigh-in yesterday.
Round 1: Alves' right ankle is heavily taped. He goes for kicks and Hughes shoots for a takedown. Alves sprawls and Hughes pulls guard. Alves strikes and then escapes to his feet. Hughes takes Alves to the mat. Alves takes half guard. Hughes tries to improve position but it's a stalemate. Hughes tries to pass, and Alves switches to butterfly guard. Alves fights back to his feet. Hughes holds onto one leg but Alves escapes. Hughes rushes in with a strike and tries another takedown, but ends up on the bottom. Alves lands some punches from the top, while Hughes works on Alves' head with the point of his elbow. I'd give it to Hughes, 10-9, but Alves is doing well so far.
Round 2: Hughes east a knee and is now bleeing. Alves on top, working some ground and pound. Hughes scrambles to his feet and grabs for a leg. Alves escapes and blasts Hughes with a big flying knee to the head. A few punches later, the fight is over. The replay shows that when Alves catches Hughes with the knee to the head, Hughes falls with his left knee bent beneath him at a bad angle. Hughes is getting his knee checked out in his corner before the decision is announced.
Winner: Thiago Alves defeated Matt Hughes via TKO due to strikes at 1:02 of Round 2.
Alves apologizes to UFC management in his postfight interview for missing weight, explaining that he sprained his ankle days before the fight and was unable to run to cut weight.
Hughes was walking on his own power with a slight limp. He didn't speculate on what happened to his knee. Hughes gave credit to Alves for being a tough fighter, and then told Joe Rogan he had one more fight -- and a very specific opponent -- in his future.
"I got one more fight left in me," Hughes said, "and Matt Serra needs to come up with a game plan now. I'll tell you that."