Matt Hughes remained loyal to the UFC and they rewarded him with a retirement job. Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz didn’t have that smooth of a relationship with UFC president Dana White.
“The way I look at it, it was their decision,” said Hughes to MMA Interviews. “Randy sued the UFC, so he should know that there’s going to be a little bad blood there from what’s happened. Tito the same way. I would say [this] about the UFC, if you’re good to them, they’re good to you. Those guys, there’s certain times in their careers, weren’t loyal to the UFC. So now they’re paying the price.”
Couture retired in April 2011 at 19-11. The former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion appeared on Bellator’s Fight Master over the summer in the role of a coach.
Ortiz recently came out of retirement to compete for Bellator. A neck fracture canceled his first fight for them, but Ortiz is still expected to debut for Bellator.
Hughes currently holds the role of vice president of athletic development and government relations for the UFC. What that means, isn’t clear.