According to a recent UFC.com article by Thomas Gerbasi, former UFC welterweight champion, Matt Hughes is not about to retire.
In the article, Matt Hughes talks about how after he completed his book tour for his biography, “Made In America” he felt reinvigorated and realised he didn’t want to go out a loser.
“I feel healthier now than I ever have, I’m really happy with my camp and who I’ve got, and I’ve got to put all the blame on me for that loss,” said Hughes of the St-Pierre fight. “I just didn’t go out there and do the things we worked on. I was hesitant and just wasn’t pulling the trigger like I should have. My camp got me in shape, I was ready to go, and I was just a little bit hesitant, so that’s on me, not on anybody else. So as healthy as I am and as much as I want to compete, I’m not going anywhere. First off, I would never retire off of a loss like that – never. Number two, I just feel super healthy.
When quizzed on what his comeback fight would be, it was unsurprising to hear:
“I told (UFC President) Dana (White) that I might take a little time off to see my family and because I’m starting this new gym, the H.I.T. Squad, and I’m getting my clothing line out there,” he said. “But I want to see Georges and Matt fight, and I told Dana that I’d probably like to fight Matt Serra after that fight. If Matt loses, I’ll be looking to fight him.”
Whether or not you like Hughes as a person, I doubt I’m wrong in saying most MMA fans don’t want to see him retire just yet. I’m still willing to pay to see a fight between Hughes and Serra and a part of me kinda wants to see a fight between Hughes and Anderson Silva.