Found January 24, 2013 on
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Shortly after it was announced Matt Hughes would hang up his mixed martial arts gloves to become the UFC’s VP of athlete development and government relations, the planet’s premier MMA promotion reported they have created a clear set of athlete guidelines, or Conduct Policy, memorializing the values long held by the organization. The UFC has always tried to hold their athletes to the highest standard. However, the organization recognizes that athletes face professional and personal pressures, and with health and safety paramount, the Conduct Policy will position UFC athletes for a successful career and post-UFC future. In addition to serving as a mentor, Hughes will also help spearhead the Conduct Policy charge. “Hughes will be an invaluable resource for UFC athletes,” said Lawrence Epstein, UFC COO. “Leveraging the background and expertise he gained over a Hall of Fame career, Hughes will be dedicated to providing guidance on a wide range of issues athletes face inside and outside of the Octagon. This includes understanding the heightened social responsibility that comes with being in the public eye, to best practices when dealing with endorsements or managing finances, to the basic daily challenges of staying healthy during training, as well as the need to steer clear of illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs. “In addition to his work with UFC athletes, Hughes will engage with state athletic commissions and international federations to provide regulatory insight from the perspective of a professional athlete.” The UFC’s Conduct Policy is really nothing new, this is simply the first time the organization has put pen to paper and placed it in front of their fighters. With MMA gaining mainstream acceptance by the day, the need to become more PC has never been as important. “Matt is one of those guys that was there from the early days and helped grow MMA to the modern, professional sport it is today,” stated UFC president Dana White (Pictured). “He has been in the sport since the late 1990s and really seen it all. Matt is a two-time world champion in the UFC, he’s coached ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ reality series twice, has fought all over the world and has been in every situation a fighter can be in. Matt’s expertise makes him highly qualified for this.” It will now be the UFC’s responsibility to hold their athletes accountable to their Conduct Policy.

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At thirty-nine-years-old and with a record of 45-9, Matt Hughes finally called it quits from a sport that he enjoyed and somewhat dominated for the better part of a dozen years. With this, only a few of the original Miletich Fighting Systems fighters remain active, and the Hall of Famer Hughes moves on to a [...]

Hughes retires, becomes UFC VP

Matt Hughes has a new role, and the UFC is set to release a code of conduct for fighters. Both were announced in conjunction with Hughes' retirement by UFC president Dana White at the UFC on FOX 6 news conference Thursday -- not that either should be unfamiliar. "It's nothing new," Hughes said of the code of conduct. "It's basically common sense."...

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