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Matt Hughes: MMA Originally Was A Hobby

Competing in MMA was nothing more than a fun time for Matt Hughes, who solidified his spot in the sport by entering the UFC hall of fame.

“I took this sport just as a hobby,” said Hughes on FUEL TV. “Never thought I could support a family with it, be a world champion. I took it strictly as something fun to do.”

Hughes had his first fight in 1996, which was undocumented, and recalls winning within 30 seconds. Feeling the sport was easy, he started to make it a career by training with future UFC welterweight champion Pat Miletich.

In his UFC debut, Hughes won that same title. He would win it on another occasion and defended it a total of seven times. After back-to-back losses, which included a 21 second loss to BJ Penn, Hughes would quietly retire.

The former champion now holds the title, Vice President of Athletic Development and Government Relations for the UFC.