Sam Hughes
Sampage

USA

Booked for May fight
FlyweightUFC
February 17, 2021
Hughes will take on Loma Lookboonmee in a strawweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on May 1, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Fight taken off card
FlyweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
FlyweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
FlyweightUFC
February 3, 2021
Hughes will face Emily Whitmire in a strawweight matchup at UFC Vegas 20 on Feb. 27, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
Routed in late-notice debut
FlyweightUFC
December 12, 2020
Hughes lost to Tecia Torres via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 1 at UFC 256 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Taking this fight on just a few days notice, Hughes looked the part of a +500 underdog. She was hopelessly outclassed on the feet by the quicker, more experienced Torres. She did manage to muscle Tecia up against the cage a couple times but was unable to do anything with her positional advantage. Hughes should get a second opportunity with the company due to her willingness to "save" this fight, but there simply isn't much here.
Gets start with UFC
FlyweightUFC
December 8, 2020
Hughes will take on Tecia Torres in a strawweight bout at UFC 256 Saturday, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Hughes gets this short notice fight after Angela Hill had with withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test. Hughes will have a three inch reach advantage over Torres. "Sampage" will be hoping to run her career record to 6-1.