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Being A Family Man Outweighs Fighting To Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes (45-9) isn’t certain that his MMA career has reached the end, but the decision is close. Earlier in the month, Hughes stated that it looked like retirement was his future after not competing for over a year. The option of spending more time with his family is on Hughes’ mind.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve closed the door, but I’ve got my hand on the door handle,” said Hughes on The MMA Hour. “I’ve a good time with my family raising my kids, which I think is a bigger thing than me competing, making sure my family is raised right. So I’m having a good time at home with the family, and kind of, maybe, lost the desire just a little bit to compete. I’m not retired yet, but it is looking like that’s where I’m going.”

If it is the end for Hughes he goes out with his own legacy niched in the UFC record books. The former two time welterweight champion and hall of famer would end up with the most UFC fights at 18 and several other records he created over the years for the UFC.

If it was up to Hughes wife, she thinks he should call it a career.

“My wife, of course, has said you need to retire,” said Hughes. “You’ve got nothing else to prove.”

At 39-years-old, Hughes knows that time plays a factor and if his last two fights might have shown that. Both ended with KO loss in the first round.

“I don’t recover the way I used to,” said Hughes. “I’m not as quick as I used to be. Probably not as strong as I used to be so, it’s funny. For the last ten years, I kept getting older and my opponents kept staying the same age.”