After Matt Hughes retired, he was given the title as the first UFC Vice President of Athletic Development and Government Relations. Fellow hall of famer Randy Couture took the offer as a slap in the face.
“I’ve been trying for over a year to get them to use me in some way, shape or form, and they chose not to,” said Couture on SiriusXM Fight Club. “They didn’t have anything for me. They continually told me that. And then Matt announces his retirement, and within a week has a Vice President position for fighter relations.”
Couture, who retired in April 2011, was under a deal where he was a guest announcer at UFC on FOX shows. He wasn’t pleased with how the UFC was treating the former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion, so he decided to leave.
Sometime in December, Couture left the UFC and signed a contract with Spike TV. He will coach on Bellator’s new reality show, Fight Master: Bellator MMA. Filming starts in a few weeks and it will air during the summer, with the winner getting a welterweight tournament slot.
Hughes’ new title was made public on January 24 and he will oversee fighters conduct.