Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes said back in February that he'd be surprised to see fellow former champion Georges St-Pierre actually make a return to the Octagon. Now, Hughes is urging his former rival to make his competitive hiatus permanent.

"The UFC would hate me saying this but I'm going to say it anyway," Hughes told Canada.com (via MMA Mania). "If I was GSP, I'd probably hang them up. Here I am a guy that lost my (last) two fights and I'd love to get back in there (to finish on a win). And Georges got his hand raised the last fight. So if I had to give advice, I'd say, ‘You want to get out? Get out.'"

St-Pierre opted to step away from the sport following his controversial decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November. Citing an overall concern for his own mental well-being, St-Pierre remains noncommittal on when or even if he'll fight again.

"I like him," said Hughes. "He always gets his hand raised and he always does it with a method. But, he took a punishment with Johny Hendricks and you could tell that by his face at the (post-fight) news conference. He's made a lot of money. I don't know what he makes a fight, but he's made a lot of money. He made a lot more money than I have. And I'm retired. So he could step back, retire.

"He's got plenty of money. And it seems like maybe he's even lost a little bit of the drive. I wish he was more wanting to go out and finish somebody nowadays. It's just like he's going out there and kind of going through the moves, so I don't think his heart's there."

Hughes goes on to wonder whether or not St-Pierre really wants to ever take punches from the likes of Robbie Lawler or current champion Johny Hendricks, a concern St-Pierre is likely well aware of.

"He did get beat up last time," said Hughes. "I don't know if he wants to come back and take a beating like that. He's going to come back against a guy like Robbie Lawler, who's going to hit him. And Johny Hendricks, who's going to hit him. So there's not many reasons for him to come back ... You tell me what's he got to come back for?"

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Crime & Punishment. Ronda Rousey discusses Chael Sonnen's status and says MMA fighters aren't being punished severely enough for PED use.

Belmont Stakes. Chris Weidman says Vitor Belfort is 'almost becoming like a horse with all his testosterone.'

Impossible expectations. Nick Newell explains being under the constant pressure of his doubters. 'I could be 60-0. I could be the champion, number one in the world, beat everyone, and then I lose one fight and people are going to say I suck.'

No way. Ronda Rousey says she would step in and fight in the main event at UFC 176 if the promotion asked her to. 'I told them I would fight on 24-hours' notice and they know that. When I make a promise, I mean it.'

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MEDIA STEW

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Embedded episode 3.

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Free Fight: Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva I.

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Fight Motion: Fight Night San Antonio.

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Rousey training working on her grappling with Ryron Gracie.

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TTTHS.

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Tyron Woodley talks beard maintenance.

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Don Frye's outtake reel.

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Long watches.

Legends of Cage Warriors: I Never Expected To Be Here | Rosi Sexton

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The Fighter & The Kid: Brendan's Mexican Vacation

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TWEETS

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Chael apologized to Stann?

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Better get a title shot.

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Good to go ... I think.

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Great to hear.

Post by Joey Lauzon III.

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Waiting, wishing.

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OK.

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Nine for IX trailer.

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Good lord.

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Better not be a human in that suit.

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Be careful.

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So much Vitor.

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Coping in his own way.

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The ladies.

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Remember, slaps = free drinks.

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Tasteless artwork.

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Not for all the Bud Light Lime.

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I want Rogan vs. that FOXBOT.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Jul. 3 2014)

Andrei Arlovski vs. Antonio Silva at UFC Fight Night: Brasilia

Chris Dempsey vs. Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao

Sara McMann vs. Lauren Murphy at UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Saint Preux

Ben Askren vs. Nobutatsu Suzuki at ONE FC 19

Shinya Aoki vs. Kamal Shalorus at ONE FC 19

Koji Oishi vs. TBA at ONE FC 19

Corey Anderson vs. Matt Van Buren at TUF 19 Finale

Eddie Gordon vs. Dhiego Lima at TUF 19 Finale

Daniel Spohn vs. Patrick Walsh at TUF 19 Finale

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Bad to the Bone.

Combat Sport Super Fights: The Kumate

Recently, UFC's Lyota Machida expressed interest in fighting Glory Middle Champion, Artem Levin. Choosing to stand up with Artem in the middleweight division, I think would surely look worse than the time Anderson Silva debuted against a game Chris Leben. Other fighters that come to mind that would do some damage in the UFC are Canadian Super Middleweight, David Lemieux. At 25, his best may still be yet to come; having all the training connections to make transition needed in Montreal doesn't hurt either. With the power 32-2 (30) Lemieux hits with, no one in welterweight division who prides themselves in boxing or stand up, would be able to stand with him. Maybe Tarec Safferdine or Thiago Alves would take exception to that though, mixing in kicks. Regardless, it would be a good night for any MMA fighter to use their wrestling, force takedowns, GNP, maybe look for submission, take Lemieux out of his element.

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