I don't doubt that if you train 6 hours a day everyday and are a good athlete that you'll get better...BUT, where is the proof that he has taken his submissions to a new level? (cause his striking isn't really at a new level, is it?)
He lost to Penn in Jan 2004. He then was clearly outgrappled by Charuto in June 2004.
I'm thinking that pre-Penn Hughes could also submit Joe Riggs and pre-Penn Hughes DID rear naked choke Trigg as well. (that takes care of 2005)
Yeah, he got a great armbar on GSP, but other than that, where is the indication that his subs have gone to a new level?
Royce? (no disrespect to Riggs, Royce, etc. intended)
Matt CAN beat BJ by decision ala the Charuto fight. That's all...(and he probably will beat BJ by such a decision btw ;o(
(here's to hoping that one guy clearly shows that they are better, and yeah, I'm cheering for the guy that I think is more likely to go for the FINISH)