Matt Hughes is now officially retired.
The two-time NCAA D-1 All-American leaves MMA with a 45-7-0 professional record and a former two-time UFC welterweight champion. He became the eighth inductee into the UFC hall-of-fame in May of 2010.
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Some of Hughes most memorable bouts were against Carlos Newton, Georges St-Pierre and Frank Trigg.
The UFC announced today the Hall-of-Famer accepted a role as Vice-President of Athletic Development and Government Relations.
Part of Hughes’ duties will include liaising with state athletic commissions and federations to provide regulatory insight, along with presiding over the company’s new conduct policy.
“Hughes will be an invaluable resource for UFC athletes,” said UFC chief operating officer Lawrence Epstein. “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.”
“This is something that the UFC is implementing because they really care about their athletes,” added Hughes. “I’ve experienced ups and downs in my career and found that the UFC has supported me every step of the way. I understand the pressures and responsibilities that go along with being a professional athlete. I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to provide insight and perspective on behalf of athletes and the organization.”
Hughes is one of the primary links between the beginnings of the UFC and today’s product.
“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,” UFC president Dana White said. “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.”