Readers of this site are very familiar with Matt Hughes. Not only is he a former UFC Welterweight Champion, he is a UFC Hall of Famer and he faced BJ Penn three times, losing two of them.
Hughes celebrated his 39th birthday this past Saturday and hasn’t been seen in the Octagon since losing via first round knockout to Josh Koscheck at UFC 135 last September. That knockout was his second straight defeat in the first round and it seems as though the 25 fight UFC veteran is ready to call it a career.
In an interview he conducted with the Iowa based Daily Gate City, Hughes told them it like he’s competed for the last time.
“I’ve not announced my retirement, but right now it looks like I’m fully retired,” Hughes said. “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 talked about a variety of topics including his fights with Penn and Georges St. Pierre, his introduction to MMA and the people who helped him along the way including head coach Pat Miletich and manager Monte Cox.
Hughes has had an outstanding career and whether you loved him or hated him, you damn sure had to respect him. After his last fight with Penn in which he was knocked out in just 21 seconds at UFC 123 in November of 2010, the two became friends and training partners. Just goes to show you the amount of respect the two UFC greats have for one another.
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