“I wouldn’t say I’ve closed the door [on my career], but I’ve got my hand on the door handle. You know it’s been over a year since I’ve fought, and I’ve having a good time with my family raising my kids, which I think is a bigger thing than me competing, making sure my family is raised right. So I’m having a good time at home with the family, and kind of, maybe, lost the desire just a little bit to compete. I’m not retired yet, but it is looking like that’s where I’m going… We have talked and he’s voiced his opinion about me. He just says I’ve got nothing to prove, and for Dana to say that, it means something. I think he’s taking my best interests to heart. I still think he could make some money off me, put me on a card, but he’s looking past the financial side of things, and saying, ‘Hey, you’ve been here for a long time and you’re good to go. You can retire.’ With him talking like a father and not a businessman, it really lets it sink in a little deeper than it would the other way.”
While a guest on today’s “The MMA Hour” former UFC welterweight champion and UFC Hall-Of-Famer, Matt Hughes, tells host, Ariel Helwani that the desire to compete is slowly leaving him and the desire to be a dad and family man is growing stronger.
After a Hall-Of-Fame career and one of the most dominant championship runs in the sports history can anyone really fault Hughes if he decides to call it quits?