Matt Hughes: “It Looks Like I’m Fully Retired”

October 15, 2012
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Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes hasn’t competed for more than a year, and it appears that will be the last time he steps foot in the Octagon.

Already a UFC Hall of Fame inductee, Hughes has been out of action since dropping back-to-back bouts to B.J. Penn and Josh Koscheck between 2010 and 2011, but now he seems ready to move on with life after fighting.

In a recent interview with the Iowa Daily Gate, Hughes said that while he’s never officially announced his retirement from MMA, for all intents and purposes he’s already hung up the gloves.

“I’ve not announced my retirement, but right now it looks like I’m fully retired,” Hughes said in the interview. “The UFC still treats me well, so I can be retired. It’s just funny, when God puts you on a road, you don’t know where you are going. I have all the faith that he put me there, and I have to thank him from that.”

Hughes went on to say that he rarely trains any more outside of an occasional training session with Robbie Lawler or B.J. Penn, and spends most of his time working on his family farm.

Hughes also has a hunting show that he will continue to work on that airs on the Outdoor Channel.

If Hughes’ career truly is at an end, he will retire as a two-time UFC welterweight champion with 18 wins inside the Octagon.

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  • It’s a shame to see him go but it has to happen eventually.

  • Brent

    Meh. Remember when he coached on TUF and brought everyone bibles and told his team to pick someone from the bible that reminded them of Hughes. Good riddance. You were one dimensional and once guys figured that out you were no more.

    • BarrysHypocrisy

      Meh. Good thing nobody cares what your opinion is.

      • Jason Priest

        If that’s the case, why’d you reply?

        • Moron

          Because I dislike him moron.

      • Really

        You did. Thanks for the reply.

    • Brentsucks

      Dude, shut up. You are a complete moron.

      • Isthatit?


  • Brent

    Remember when Hughes was on TUF and he brought his team bibles? He told then to pick someone out of the bible who reminded them of Hughes. LAME!!!!

    • Fightfankevin

      Obviously youre not a Hughes fan Brent but theres no denying he was one of the best if not the best fighter of his day. I certainly dont get the one dimensional comment. Yes he was primarily a wrestler but his record shows tons of wins by submission (in a variety of ways), ko, and tko. Plus he never ducked fights and did whatever was asked by Dana/UFC. Unlike guys today who wont fight on short notice, Hughes did whatever it took to grow the sport/UFC.

      • Brent

        He was, back in the day, a good champion. He is old school which is fine. He didn’t really have any effective stand-up and beat people with wrestling and g n p. He did also a submission game. HOWEVER, I dislike him as a person. That’s what my comment was about. I’m a fan of the sport and the fighters, but he was a piece of work. Just go back and watch when he was a coach on the ultimate fighter. Not a well liked guy. The bible thing took it over the top for me.


    He was a teammate and coach of mine at HitSquad. You guys show some respect. Trust me! After college wrestling and going into MMA takes a toll on the body.

  • Timothy Malone

    Too bad. I think he could still put on some great fights. But if his heart isn’t in it anymore then I guess it’s time to move on.

  • Dan

    One of the BEST fighters EVER…………………….