Matt Hughes wants UFC to put him on the shelf for a bit while he thinks things over. Dana White wants to put Hughes on the shelf for good. Following a KO loss to Josh Koscheck at UFC 135, Hughes didn’t want to officially say that he was retired, but White believes that is the case.
“I think he’s going to retire,” White said at the post-fight press conference. “I just don’t think Hughes wants to say the word ‘retire.’”
The loss to Koscheck, which came at 4:59 in the first round, was Hughes’ second straight KO loss. It was also the last fight on his current contract. While White has never been concerned with the contract status of Hughes, saying, “There was a lot of talk that this was the last fight on his contract. I don’t know if that’s true or not because he’s a guy I’ve never worried about last fights or whatever,” the UFC president will talk things over with the UFC Hall of Famer and figure out what’s next.
“He’s going to fly out to Vegas in the next month or so and sit down and talk, but I’m pretty sure he’s going to hang it up – without saying ‘retire,’” stated White. “I’m almost 100 percent positive he’s going to retire. I don’t think he’s going to do anything else.”
Prior to his bout with Koscheck, Hughes said that he wanted to go out with a victory and that his wife will play a major factor in what he decides to do next.
Hughes’ fight on Saturday was his 25th appearance in the octagon, tied for the most all-time with Tito Ortiz. His eighteen UFC wins are the most in company history.
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