Just re-watched Hughes-Trigg and.

And Ive come to the conclusion that the reason Hughes lost to Penn is because he didnt wrestle against Penn. When he fought Penn he played the BJJ game. When he fought Trigg he played the wrestling game. He got out of a lot of bad positions by straight wrestling against Trigg. Could have done the same (IMO) against Penn.

Couture made the same mistake against Barnett and Ricco (he said it himself). What helped him return to dominance is he wrestles, especially during scrambles, instead of play BJJ (except for last resort).

Penn fought a great fight and looked tough, but I think Hughess fd up with his strategy.