Hughes made the news public recently in a blog on his official website, stating:
Last week I went out to Vegas and I signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC, which is much like my last contract. I also brought up the fact that I wanted to do a hunting show and they thought that would be a good thing. They still have to find out who, where and when my next fight will be and I will try to post that info ASAP. Nothing is decided yet, so anything you might be reading on the internet right now is just rumors and speculation. However, one name the UFC did bring up is a person I’ve never fought before.
With a career record of 43-7, Hughes recently bounced back from consecutive defeats in the Octagon by defeating Matt Serra via unanimous decision in a bout that was ruled to be “Fight of the Night” during UFC 98.