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It’s Finally Official: Matt Hughes Retires, Accepts VP Position in the UFC

(After Dana caught Hughes sleeping on the job yet again, he figured it would be better to just give the former champ a cushy office position where no one would bother him anymore.) 

Although former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes has been off everyone but PETA’s radar for the past couple of years, the MMA community has still been waiting on bated breath to see when the Hall of Famer would make an official announcement regarding his retirement for some time now. Hughes stated last October that he was “fully retired” but didn’t seem as if he had quite come to terms with hanging up his gloves just yet. That is, until earlier today at the UFC on Fox 6 press conference.

Along with the announcement of his retirement, Hughes also stated that he, like Chuck Liddell before him, would be accepting a front office position with the UFC titled “Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations.” That’s funny, here I thought the UFC was for the separation of church and state. *steals basketball and nails three pointer* 

Anyway, Hughes had the following to say while assessing his current role in the promotion he has called home for the better part of his MMA career:

It’s funny, the road God puts you on; you just don’t know where you’re going to end up. What started out as a hobby brought me to the UFC and here in front of you know. I love this sport, and the new position is the best way for me to stay in it moving forward. I look forward to using my experience and providing a perspective for both the UFC and the fighters, so thank you guys. 

There you have it folks. Short, sweet, and pseudo-religious: classic Country Breakfast. We’ve placed the entire video of the UFC on Fox 6 press conference below for your viewing pleasure, so check it out, then pass along your favorite memories of Hughes in the comments section. Personally, my favorite Hughes moment came at UFC 38, when he nearly powerbombed Carlos Newton through the canvas and was so surprised by his own strength that he nearly passed out from the excitement. That’s how it went down, right?

(Things kick off around the 11:20 mark.)

Despite dropping his last two contests in the promotion to BJ Penn and Josh Koscheck, Hughes retires with the most wins in UFC History (18), as well as the most welterweight title defenses (7, tied with Georges St. Pierre), and the second most title fights (12), finishes in UFC title fights (8), and fights in UFC History (25), among other accolades. Another fun fact: Hughes defeated all but one of the former UFC Welterweight champions (Pat Militech) while active.

-J. Jones

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mookiestick- January 25, 2013 at 8:14 am
I don't really like the guy either and I used to train at his gym in Granite City, ILL. He came across a rude, condescending and sanctimonious. That's par for the course in the Midwest and not out of the norm. Still not everyone out there is like that. regardless, that's why I got the fuck out of there and moved to San Diego. The people who trained at his gym were really cool as were the trainers. I liked Robbie Lawler. He was just quiet. That scared the shit out of me though. Still, gotta hand it to Matt for pounding out a succession of Gracies. His hunting doesn't bother me also. A lot of people in the country hunt.
teep- January 25, 2013 at 7:55 am
I thought I liked Hughes until TUF. He is not a good coach at all and so high and mighty. I am not sad to see him go.
Pen Fifteen- January 25, 2013 at 7:02 am
I wonder if he and Mark tag-teamed his wife to celebrate, just like in the good-old days.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- January 25, 2013 at 6:21 am
He can afford a shirt that fits
RSparrow- January 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm
If Matt Hughes worked in the same office as me I would absolutely wanna kill myself. He's the kinda guy that when you'd come in 6 minutes late from lunch, he'd look at his clock and shake his head, and send an e mail to the boss like a douche. Also, god doesnt put you on any kind of road, you are in complete control of your path and actions, dick. You were great inside the cage... sir, outside you suck. That's why you have to pose with dead animals like you're some kind of G for shooting an animal thats locked in a cage. This dude has always rubbed me the wrong way. Congrats on a great career with your accomplishments, lets leave it at that.
mma4ever- January 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm
Oh shit i thought he was officially retarted not retired .
Hutch- January 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm
My favorite Hughes memory was when I won money after UFC 45 when he choked out Frank Trigg. My least favorite was when I lost three times as much after UFC 123 and BJ knocked him the fuck out. God damnit I need to stop gambling.
Alan K- January 24, 2013 at 3:42 pm
So Dana is cool with the code of conduct as long as it doesn't apply to him. That's adorable.
ReX13- January 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm
goddammit Danga:

"Personally, my favorite Hughes moment came at UFC 38, when he nearly powerbombed Carlos Newton through the canvas and was so surprised by his own strength that he nearly passed out from the excitement. That’s how it went down, right?"


(but hey, BG probably not going to dig you stepping on his "...And Now He's Retired" series. Careful, mang.)