Former two-time UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes has officially retired from MMA. UFC president Dana White made the announcement prior to a press conference on Thursday.

Hughes (45-9) will take over as the vice president of athlete development and government relations, according to White, meaning he will help keep fighters on the right path and away from drug use and taking performance enhancers.

“(Hughes) is retiring from fighting, but he’s not going anywhere,” White said. “He is going to be with this company for a very long time. He’s been a very loyal guy to us.”

The 39-year-old Hughes is already inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame. He owns the most career wins inside the Octagon – 18 – and holds an overall MMA record of 45-9.

“What started out as a hobby brought me to the UFC and here in front of you now,” Hughes said. “I look forward to working with the UFC going forward.”