Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes has made his retirement official from MMA. The announcement was made prior to the start of a press conference by UFC president Dana White on Thursday.
Hughes, a member of the UFC’s Hall of Fame, will now work closely with the UFC as the vice president of athlete development and government relations. He will help mentor the 400-plus fighters currently on the roster, working with them to help prolong their fighting careers.
“(Hughes) is retiring from fighting, but he’s not going anywhere,” White said. “He is going to be with this company for a very long time. He’s been a very loyal guy to us.”
The 39-year-old Hughes was a two-time UFC welterweight champion and made seven successful title defenses. He owns the most victories inside the Octagon at 18, finishing his career with an overall record of 45-9.
“What started out as a hobby brought me to the UFC and here in front of you now,” Hughes said. “I look forward to working with the UFC going forward.”