UFC president Dana White believes that the next step for former UFC champions Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin should be retirement. White informed a number of reporters during his usual post-press conference media scrum Thursday.
Hughes (45-9) last competed against Josh Koscheck, suffering a knockout loss. He is 18-7 in his UFC career, and stated after the defeat that he would think long and hard about his future.
Griffin (19-7) is the original winner of The Ultimate Fighter. He has gone 10-5 inside the Octagon, and is coming off a decision win over Tito Ortiz.
“Hughes is one of those guys that, I absolutely, positively want Matt Hughes to retire,” White said (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the quotes). “I would like Forrest to retire. There’s nothing left for Forrest to prove, either.”
Of course, White knows that it is hard for fighters to hang it up. White has been a key figure in the end of Chuck Liddell’s career, and is pushing Wanderlei Silva to consider retirement, as well.