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Matt Hughes now considers himself “fully retired”

It’s been more than a year since the last time welterweight icon Matt Hughes took to the Octagon and, to hear Hughes tell it, fans won’t be seeing him inside the infamous eight-sided cage ever again. After suffering back-to-back knockouts in his previous two tilts, Hughes initially stated he was taking a break from the sport and planned to focus on life after MMA unless the right opportunity came his way.

However, with things quiet on that front, it looks like Hughes has accepted he has indeed fought for the last time.

“I’ve not announced my retirement, but right now it looks like I’m fully retired. The UFC still treats me well so I can be retired,” revealed Hughes in an interview with the Iowa Daily Gate. “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.”

With his career behind him, Hughes is enjoying life as a farmer and outdoorsman. Though his current ventures may not bring the excitement or attention he received as one of the greatest welterweights to ever enter the ring, the 39-year old has no complaints and is enjoying the turn his life has taken.

“I’ve got a hunting show, which I love, on The Outdoor Channel. I’ll stay with the hunting show. I like to travel. I like to hunt, so that suits me well. I’m helping my brother with the family farm. Right now, he is in the combine cutting beans. I still am very close to the family farm,” explained Hughes. “It’s funny. When I was a kid I couldn’t wait to get off the farm or stop working. Now, I live real close to the farm, and I go to bed at night thinking about what I’m going to do at the farm the next day. I’m not happy until the next morning when my feet hit the ground and I’m going to the farm. I can’t wait to work.”

Assuming Hughes is indeed done in the UFC he will hang his gloves up with a 45-9 record including 35 stoppages. Among the opponents the powerful grappler beat in his career are the likes of Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie, Sean Sherk, Frank Trigg, B.J. Penn, and Georges St-Pierre.


  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Prolly for the best. He has nothing to prove to anyone. He has been champ and defended the belt multiple times. Noting left to accomplish.

  • Creature says:

    Always kinda sad to see a legend retire and hang them up. Even though its the right thing to do I will miss seeing him in the Octagon none the less. Glad he isnt letting Hardy’s dumbass trash talk get to him and draw him into one last fight.

  • darth_irritable says:

    Well gosh, who is Hardy gonna troll now?

    Good call hanging ’em up Matt. That BJ loss was brutal – we don’t need to see any more of them.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    can’t say i like his whole hunting thing and his porno pictures with dead animals, kinda hope one of those beasts isnt dead and comes to and tears his head off just as the picture is being taken.
    that said as a fighter he was awesome in his prime, one of the most dominant champions we’ve had & he knew how to finish fights. always loved that he was never graded in BJJ but his submissions were as good as any black belt. shame we dont get to see him one last time, but i really don’t know who would be befitting, maybe bring in one more Gracie

  • Rece Rock says:

    porno pictures with dead animals?!?


  • Lord Faust says:

    If I read him correctly, “death porn” might be a better way to word it. He’s referring to the pics of Hughes posing atop a bunch of dead wildebeasts. I didn’t think very highly of it; like Africans need rich white guys coming over and shooting animals for them — pretty sure those folks can manage that on their own.

    Hughes as a person, based on the small glimpses I’ve been given, is not someone I’m a big fan of. I’ll leave it at that.

    Still, he had a great run in the sport, and with 9 losses in over 50 pro fights, I can’t discredit the man’s achievements on that front.

    If you are a Hughes fan, I recommend not reading his book.

  • jeref says:

    If there was one more fight … I would love to see him go in against Aoki. He wouldn’t have to worry about getting knocked out, and except for early in his career, he hasn’t been submitted without first having the snot beat out of him. I think it would be an interesting fight. But it’ll never happen.


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