Matt Hughes, at one time the most dominant welterweight on the planet and long thought to be a legend, made his retirement official yesterday at the UFC on FOX 6 press conference in Chicago. But before you shed any tears for the farm boy from Illinois, consider that he has now accepted a position as Vice President of Athlete Development with Zuffa – a position that should entail a lot of mentoring of younger fighters, and picking them up and slamming them if they don’t adhere to the UFC’s newly-codified conduct rules. This is your morning news roundup!
• Here’s MMAJunkie with the Matt Hughes story, as well as Brendhan Conlon’s story over at FiveOuncesofPain.
• Also, here’s Dana White’s latest video blog for UFC on Fox 6.
• Eddie Alvarez goes to court today in regards to the preliminary injunction that should help him temporarily dodge the contractual entanglements that would keep him from fighting for the UFC’s April event in New Jersey. Here’s MMAPayout with an update on that.
• Speaking of Bellator, they had another solid show last night.
• New York State is coming under fire for allowing unsanctioned, unregulated amateur MMA events. Yes, there are unsanctioned, unregulated amateur MMA events going on there. What, did you think there was nothing?
• Pro wrestling. Yuck.