Former long-time UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes finds himself uncertain about his future in the sport after suffering a stunning 21-second knockout defeat in a rubber match against BJ Penn last November at UFC 123. The decorated veteran told ESPN that he is unsure if he will re-up with the organization.
“I don’t know if I’ll sign another contract with the UFC,” Hughes said. “I would have to talk to my wife. I’d have to talk to Dana.
“I wouldn’t call it a retirement. It wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for me to fight two or three times. I have said I’m going to fight one more time for the last three fights. I meant it. I really have.”
In a bit of irony, Hughes is off to Hawaii to train with Penn for Penn’s upcoming welterweight clash with Jon Fitch at UFC 127 next month.
“One thing is for sure about Hughes!!,” Penn wrote on his website. “hes coming to help me train for Fitch!”
Hughes’ professional record currently stands at 45-8 and the recent loss to Penn snapped a three-fight winning streak that he had built up. He is a UFC Hall of Famer who defended the UFC Welterweight Championship seven times.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.