Matt Hughes retires as the all-time leader in UFC wins. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Ultimate Fighting Championship hall of famer Matt Hughes on Jan. 24 announced his retirement from active competition, along with plans to assume a new role within the organization’s front office.
UFC President Dana White revealed that the promotion will implement a formal, written code of conduct for its talent moving forward. Part of Hughes’ responsibility as vice president of athlete development and government relations will be to serve as a mentor to fighters on the UFC roster and make sure they comply with the code.
Hughes last competed at UFC 135 in September 2011, when he was knocked out by Josh Koscheck at the Pepsi Center in Denver. No fighter has won more fights (18) inside the Octagon than Hughes, and his 25 appearances rank second on the all-time list, trailing only Tito Ortiz (27). He captured the UFC welterweight crown twice, having held it from Nov. 2, 2001 until Jan. 31, 2004 and Oct. 22, 2004 until Nov. 18, 2006.
“It’s funny the path God puts you on. What started out as a hobby brought me to the UFC and [to this place] in front of you now,” Hughes said. “I love this sport, and the new position is the best way for me to stay in it moving forward. I look forward to using my experience to provide perspective to both the UFC and the fighters.”