Former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes, who in his heyday dominated the ranks of the 170lbs weight class, hasn_t fought in over a year and hasn_t picked up a win in over two leading many to assume he may be at the end of his career.
Hughes has spoke in recent interviews about retirement and last week he spoke with Ariel Helwani about where he_s at in his life at this point:
"I wouldn_t say I_ve closed the door [on my career], but I_ve got my hand on the door handle," Hughes said on Monday_s edition of The MMA Hour. "You know it_s been over a year since I_ve fought, and I_ve having a good time with my family raising my kids, which I think is a bigger thing than me competing, making sure my family is raised right. So I_m having a good time at home with the family, and kind of, maybe, lost the desire just a little bit to compete. I_m not retired yet, but it is looking like that_s where I_m going."
"We have talked and he_s voiced his opinion about me," admits Hughes. "He just says I_ve got nothing to prove, and for Dana to say that, it means something. I think he_s taking my best interests to heart. I still think he could make some money off me, put me on a card, but he_s looking past the financial side of things, and saying, â€˜Hey, you_ve been here for a long time and you_re good to go. You can retire._ With him talking like a father and not a businessman, it really lets it sink in a little deeper than it would the other way.
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