Matt Hughes On His Future Plans, Toughest Opponents

Former UFC champion Matt Hughes is already a member of the UFC’s Hall of Fame.

However, Hughes has yet to “officially” announce that he is retiring from competition.

It’s now been a year since Hughes competed, falling to Josh Koscheck in September 2011. Hughes holds a career record of 45-9.

“I’ve not announced my retirement, but right now, it looks like I’m fully retired,” said Hughes, in an interview with the Daily Gate newspaper. “The UFC still treats me well, so I can be retired. It’s just funny. When God puts you on a road, you don’t know where you are going. I have all the faith that he put me there, and I have to thank him for that.”

While Hughes had several memorable moments during his prime inside the Octagon, two notable fighters stand out the most to him.

When somebody asks me about the competition I faced and how good they were, the first thing I think about is the losses that I had. I had some losses that were against some good guys. (Georges St-Pierre) is probably the best all-around fighter I ever faced. BJ Penn in the first round is probably the best fighter. In the first round, BJ can just about beat anybody. Those two guys are always on top of the list, probably because they beat me and probably because they beat me twice.

Hughes stays busy working on the family farm and hunting. He currently has a hunting show on The Outdoor Channel.

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