The MMA world has an answer from on-the fence welterweight Matt Hughes regarding the former UFC champion’s future in the Octagon. The 38-year old had weighed retirement after being knocked out in the opening round of his last two fights, the most recent instance coming in September against Josh Koscheck who put him away with a single second remaining in the first frame.

However, struggles aside, it looks like Hughes will indeed be back inside the Octagon at some point in 2012 after deciding to give it a go at least one more time.

Hughes’ announced his intent last weekend on Fuel TV during the network’s coverage of UFC on FOX 2.

“My wife’s a great lady, but she’s not going to tell me when Matt Hughes retires,” Hughes explained while saying the final say would ultimately be come from UFC President Dana White.

Hughes continued on to say he wasn’t targeting anyone specifically though British striker Dan Hardy has expressed an interest in fighting Hughes and the two have exchanged barbs online.