Matt Hughes Refuses to Say ‘Retire,’ but Dana White Does

Written by Tom Ngo
September 25th, 2011

UFC Welterweight Matt Hughes

As the old adage goes, ‘All good things must come to an end.’ Although former UFC welterweight champ Matt Hughes (Pictured) wasn’t prepared to call it a career after suffering his second consecutive knockout loss, company president Dana White basically said it for him during the UFC 135 post-fight press conference.

“I think he’s going to retire,” White said of the Hall of Famer’s fate. “I just don’t think Hughes wants to say the word ‘retire.'”

Hughes owns an extensive 45-9 professional resume, but in his last five fights against the division’s top competitors, the 37-year-old has lost them all in convincing fashion. His wins during that stretch came against Chris Lytle, Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie and Ricardo Almeida, respectively.

Only Serra remains with the organization, however he hasn’t been seen since losing to Lytle last September.

After getting put to sleep by Josh Koscheck on Saturday night, Hughes specifically stated he wasn’t retiring and would ask the UFC to put him “on the shelf.” White believes that’s just code for calling it quits.

“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,'” White expressed. “I’m almost 100 percent positive he’s going to retire.”

Last night’s defeat in Denver may not only have marked the end of an era, but Hughes alerted the world prior to the bout that it was also the final fight on his current UFC contract. If that was indeed Hughes’ last hurrah, then here’s one for MMA’s original country boy:

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