Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes recently signed a four-fight contract with the UFC. Hughes noted that even with the long-term contract, he’s not sure what’s in store for him.
“Well, I just signed a four fight deal,” Hughes told Heavy.com. “But I’m not telling you I’m going fight all four fights, either. It’s one of those things where the UFC wants to keep me tied up, so if I were to go into retirement after two or three fights and another fight came up, they would have me under contract and I couldn’t go and fight for somebody else.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do next in the sport, to be honest,” he continued. “I don’t know how many fights I’ll take. I could fight these four fights and then sign another contract. It depends on how I feel.”
Some possible opponents for the former nine-time welterweight champion include Mike Swick and Josh Kosheck. Both fighters have shown interest in fighting Hughes.
“I don’t have any problems with Koscheck or Swick,” he explained. “They’re just guys who want to beat someone who has been in the sport for awhile, to beat someone who has held the belt.
“To be honest,” he continued. “I don’t blame them. If I were them, I would want to fight someone like me, someone who has been in the sport and someone who has some notoriety. But the difference with me is that I wouldn’t be so public about it. That’s the difference between me and them.”
Another opponent often brought up for Hughes is Dennis Hallman. Hallman has defeated Hughes twice in the past, leaving Hughes wanting a rematch.
“I lost to him, but I’ve gone on and done bigger and better things since then. It just seems like I was the only guy he could ever beat. He just hasn’t done much except for beating Matt Hughes twice.
“That’s what I dislike about that fight. Who else has he beat? The last time he beat me was in 1999. We’re talking ten years or so since he last beat me, and he hasn’t done anything since.”
Hughes stated that the type of fighter he would like to square off against in the octagon would be a seasoned veteran of the sport.
“If I take a fight against Mike Swick or Josh Kosheck, I’ve really got nothing to gain from that fight besides a paycheck and beating somebody up,” he admitted. “They’ve got more to win than I do. Those aren’t the kinds of fights that interest me.
“Royce Gracie was a big fight, you know? It was a huge name, a guy that had won the old tournaments in the beginning. Those are the fights I like, the ones I can really get revved up for and get motivated. Those are the kinds of fights that gets me into the gym ready to train and work.”