by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
He is often described as the greatest champion the UFC has ever had, and now Matt Hughes can add Hall of Famer to his list of career accolades, as the multiple time welterweight champion was inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame.
The announcement was made by the UFC on Friday night that Hughes is the latest fighter to be inducted.
Stepping into the Octagon for the first time in 1999, Hughes has been a mainstay of the organization ever since, fighting an incredible 22 times for the UFC.
His biggest achievement was of course winning the UFC welterweight title on multiple occasions, and being rated as one of the top 170-pound fighters to ever strap on the gloves and fight in the cage.
Defeating Carlos Newton to win the welterweight title at UFC 34 in 2001, Hughes went on to defend the belt five times before losing to B.J. Penn in 2004.
The legendary Illinois fighter reclaimed the gold, and has since gone on to face some of the best competition the welterweight division has to offer. Hughes even got a chance to face the original face of the UFC when he faced Royce Gracie at UFC 60 in 2006.
Hughes outpowered, outmaneuvered and out fought Gracie before getting the TKO win late in the first round of their match-up.
The now former welterweight champion continues to push himself and has been a staple of the top ten in the division for years, and he’s not slowing down just yet. After defeating Renzo Gracie in April, Hughes will now face one of his top students in August as he face Ricardo Almeida at UFC 117.
The former welterweight champion is the latest fighter to be inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame, and joins friends from the past like Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture who also found a home in the Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to Matt Hughes, 2010 UFC Hall of Fame inductee.