UFC Free Fight: Matt Hughes vs Carlos Newton

Robert Vallejos, MMATorch Managing Editor

Matt Hughes (photo credit Joe Camporeale © USA Today)

Relive one of the most exciting finishes in UFC history.

On the heels of an exhilarating slam-finish at UFC 237, MMA fans have debated the merits of a slam as a technique in the UFC. However, there is a long history of KO slams in UFC history.

Way back in November of 2001, early UFC fans were treated to a spectacular ending , as Matt Hughes began his reign of welterweight title dominance after an astonishing slam KO over Carlos Newton.


Matt Hughes beat Carlos Newton to win the middleweight title. Hughes had the edge with
more offense. It ended when Hughes lifting Newton in the air and slamming him hard to the mat, knocking him out cold. Newton believed he had caused Hughes to pass out by squeezing Hughes neck with his legs while Hughes had him lifted, and thought Hughes “fell” to the mat, inadvertently knocking him out. When Newton was revived, he seemed genuinely surprised he lost. A dramatic, spectacular finish.

Originally published on issue 678 of the Pro Wrestling Torch newsletter. To subscribe, please visit pwtorchvipinfo.com

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