Matt Hughes finally put the speculation about his career to rest as he joined Dana White in announcing his retirement from active competition at the UFC on Fox pre-fight press conference. Hughes will now join Chuck Liddell as Zuffa-era stars who are transitioning to the front office, as White also announced that Hughes will serve as the UFC’s Vice President of Athlete Development and Governmental Relations.
Hughes gave a brief, terse announcement following White’s remarks. He later admitted that he “wasn’t happy” with retiring, but was looking forward to his new position as a mentor to fighters and administering the UFC’s new code of conduct.
One could tell just from looking at Hughes that he would be happier competing, but realizes that age catches up with us all and he just physically can’t do the things that made him the greatest UFC welterweight champion of all time and a UFC Hall of Fame inductee.
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