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.
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