After much speculation, it appears Matt Hughes (45-9) has decided to call it a career.
“I’ve not announced my retirement, but right now it looks like I’m fully retired,” said Hughes to Iowa Daily Gate. “The UFC still treats me well so I can be retired.”
Hughes last competed at UFC 135 in September 2011. It would be his second defeat in a row and both came within the first round.
In 2010, Hughes was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. He made his MMA debut in 1998 and UFC debut in 2000. The former two time welterweight champion has the most wins in the UFC with 18.
Since his UFC 34 fight in 2001, Hughes has competed solely for the company. Some of his top wins came against Sean Sherk (36-4-1), Royce Gracie (14-2-3), B.J. Penn (16-8-2) and Georges St-Pierre (22-2).
Dana White had publicly expressed that he wished for Hughes to retire as he had nothing left to prove.
Hughes noted that he hasn’t been training as hard as he used to inside the gym.
“It’s just funny, when God puts you on a road, you don’t know where you are going,” said Hughes. “I have all the faith that he put me there, and I have to thank him from that.”