Sam Hughes


Added to October card
June 27, 2021
Hughes will take on Lupita Godinez in a strawweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Oct. 9, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
It's been a rocky start to the UFC career of Hughes, who lost back-to-back fights with a cancellation sandwiched in between. She'll take on another relatively new fighter in Godinez who dropped her debut to Jessica Penne in April. Hughes will enter this matchup with three-inch advantages in both height and reach.
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Remains winless in UFC
May 1, 2021
Hughes lost to Loma Lookboonmee via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Hughes actually looked decent considering she was by far the biggest underdog on the card at +340. She did an excellent job of using her four-inch height edge to keep Lookboonmee pinned against the cage for extended periods of time, but Hughes struggled to generate any real offense from the position. Hughes has proven to be well-conditioned and deceptively athletic through her first two UFC bouts (both losses). Assuming she gets another opportunity with the company, Hughes is going to have to find a way to threaten her opposition a bit more.
Booked for May fight
February 17, 2021
Hughes will take on Loma Lookboonmee in a strawweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on May 1, reports.
Hughes was initially slated to fight at UFC Vegas 20 on Feb. 27, but the fight was removed from the card after Emily Whitmire withdrew for an unspecified reason. She most recently lost to Tecia Torres via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at UFC 256 in December but will attempt to bounce back in May. Lookboonmee most recently defeated Jinh Yu Frey via unanimous decision in early October. Hughes carries a height advantage heading into the matchup.
Fight taken off card
February 14, 2021
Hughes will no longer fight at UFC Vegas 20 on Feb. 27 after her bout was removed from the card following Sunday's withdrawal by Emily Whitmire (undisclosed), Danny Segura of MMA Junkie reports.
Instead of attempting to find Hughes a new opponent, the UFC will scrap the bout altogether, bringing the card down to 11 fights. It's currently unclear if there is a plan in store to reschedule the fight for a later date or just move on.
Needs new opponent
February 14, 2021
Hughes needs a new opponent for her fight at UFC Vegas 20 on Feb. 27 after her opponent, Emily Whitmire, had to withdraw Sunday for undisclosed reasons, Jay Anderson of Cageside Press reports.
What's ironic about this situation is that Hughes initially stepped in to fight Whitmire after Hannah Ciferos had to withdraw for undisclosed reasons. The UFC will have just under two weeks to book a new fighter to face Hughes otherwise the bout will have to be removed from the card.
Steps in for February fight
February 3, 2021
Hughes will face Emily Whitmire in a strawweight matchup at UFC Vegas 20 on Feb. 27, reports.
Hughes made her UFC debut on short notice in December, losing to Tecia Torres via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at UFC 256. She'll have just over three weeks to prepare for her next matchup after Hannah Cifers (undisclosed) withdrew from her scheduled fight against Whitmire. Whitmire has lost her past two fights, most recently losing to Polyana Viana via submission (armbar) in August. The two fighters are even in height.