Hughes on filling in for Liddell, his health and the growth of UFC
"We're alike in that we always do what the UFC wants," Hughes, 34, said of him and Liddell. "Chuck didn't even want to pull out of the fight and Dana made him."
Speaking over the phone Monday while driving from his hometown of Hillsboro, Ill., to St. Louis, Miss., where in just a few short hours Hughes (42-6) was departing for the United Kingdom, the multiple-time 170-pound champion said he liked the idea of fighting Alves. "That's why I took the fight," Hughes said.