Many had come to realize that UFC Hall of Famer and former welterweight champion Matt Hughes had hung up his gloves and called it a career, but the UFC decided to make an official announcement today prior to the UFC on FOX 6 pre-fight press conference in Chicago.
“I am here today to announce the retirement of Matt Hughes,” UFC president Dana White said.
While Hughes will no longer enter the octagon as an active fighter, the mixed martial arts legend will accept a role within the promotion. Specifically, White announced that Hughes will be the UFC Vice President of Athletic Development and Government Relations.. Hughes will be kept with the UFC to help the younger fighters as they go through the various obstacles that come with being a rising star.
“(Hughes) is going to be the mentor to our 400-plus athletes that are currently with us and those that will be with us in the future,” said UFC general counsel Lawrence Epstein.
Hughes had a very storied career with the promotion and UFC officials are hoping that the experience he gained throughout his fourteen years of competition will be a valuable resource to the promotion’s roster of fighters.
“It’s funny the road God puts you on, you just don’t know where you’re gonna end up,” Hughes said. “What started out as a hobby broght me to the UFC and here in front of you now.
“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 in providing a perspective for both the UFC and the fighters.”
Congrats to Matt Hughes on an incredible career and best of luck to him in his future endeavors. Let’s hope that the UFC’s young fighters take advantage of the wealth of knowledge Hughes can provide them.