Nine-time UFC welterweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes (45-9) was a guest Tuesday on “UFC Tonight” on Fuel TV. The former Eastern Illinois University All-American built his legendary professional mixed martial arts career around his strong wrestling base to become the most decorated welterweight champion in UFC history.
In this first clip, Hughes describes himself as being “at a crossroads” of whether to fight one last time or go ahead and call it a career. His last two bouts both ended in first round knockout losses, first to B.J. Penn at UFC 123 in November 2010, and then to Josh Koscheck at UFC 135 in September 2011. No one wants to go out on a loss, much less two.
Asked who he would like to fight if he did take one more bout, Hughes at first gives the stock answer, “I don’t get to decide my own fights.” But after some encouragement from guest analyst Chael Sonnen, Hughes admits he would be interested in getting back a 2008 loss to Thiago Alves; a bout he says he took on short notice.
Hughes also talks about what life will look like for him after fighting. With four kids and a wife at home and a farm to run, the former UFC champion wants to spend a lot of time with his family, raising his kids and working the farm. As for when Hughes will make his decision of whether to retire or take one more fight, he says it will be very soon.
In this second video clip, Hughes answers the question, “Which is better, bagging a 10-point buck or choking a guy out in the Octagon?” He also responds to some recent disparaging comments from Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy and Chael Sonnen gives an update on his “upcoming” fight with Anderson Silva.
In this final clip, UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre decides he’s been on the sidelines long enough, injury or not, he’s ready to fight. It just so happens Kenny Florian is also ready to fight. Let’s get it on!