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Matt Hughes Almost Retired In 2001

When Matt Hughes defeated Carlos Newton at UFC 34 in 2001, he went into the fight knowing a loss meant his MMA future would be over.

“The Carlos Newton, the first fight, that was pretty pivotal for me,” said Hughes to Bleacher Report. “If I would have lost that fight, I was going to retire. I had made my mind up before that.”

Hughes won with a slam while locked in a choke. On replay, it appeared Hughes was out when he slammed Newton and the impact woke him up. Hughes captured the welterweight title with the win and would defend it several times.

After dropping two fights, Hughes quietly retired and entered the UFC hall of fame.

Hughes was 45-9 and serves as the UFC’s vice president of athletic development and government relations.