- Matt Hughes (fighter)
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Matt Hughes Born October 13, 1973
Hillsboro, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight 170 lb (77.1 kg; 12.1 st) Division Welterweight Reach 73 in (185 cm) Style Wrestling,Boxing,Submission Grappling Stance Orthodox Fighting out of Hillsboro, Illinois, U.S. Team Finney's HIT Squad Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestler Years active 1998 – present (MMA) Mixed martial arts record Total 54 Wins 45 By knockout 15 By submission 20 By decision 10 Losses 9 By knockout 5 By submission 4 Other information University Eastern Illinois University
Southwestern Illinois College
Spouse Audra Moore-Hughes Notable relatives Mark Hughes, twin brother Website http://matt-hughes.com Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog Official UFC Fighter Profile 
Matthew Allen Hughes (born October 13, 1973) is an American mixed martial artist, UFC Hall of Famer, and former two-time UFC Welterweight Champion. Hughes put together two separate six-fight winning streaks in the UFC, won the welterweight title on two occasions, defended the belt a record seven times, and holds the record for most wins in the UFC. He holds notable victories over such fighters as Dave Menne, Carlos Newton, Hayato Sakurai, Sean Sherk, Frank Trigg, Joe Riggs, Royce Gracie, B.J. Penn, Chris Lytle, Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie, Ricardo Almeida, and remains one of only two men to ever defeat Georges St-Pierre.
He has also tied with Tito Ortiz for the most UFC fights with 25 and most wins with 18. Hughes was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on May 2010. A long-time member of Miletich Fighting Systems, Hughes left the Miletich camp in late 2007 to start Team Hughes. Team Hughes fights out of The H.I.T. Squad (Hughes Intensive Training), a Granite City, Illinois gym, which he co-owns with Robbie Lawler, Matt Pena and Marc Fiore.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Ultimate Fighting Championship
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Championships and achievements
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 Books
- 7 Notes and references
- 8 External links
Hughes was born in Hillsboro, Illinois. Hughes has two siblings, a sister and his twin brother Mark. During their high school days they both played football and wrestled.
Hughes went to college at Southwestern Illinois College, a two-year college located in Belleville, Illinois before transferring to Lincoln College, in Lincoln, Illinois and then on to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. His freshman and sophomore years, he made the NJCAA All-American Team, and his final two years he was listed on the NCAA Division I All-American Teams.
Hughes was a two-time 155 lb IHSA (Illinois High School Association) Class A state wrestling champion. He won in 1991 and 1992 while attending Hillsboro (IL) High School. Furthermore, Hughes is a two-time Division I All-American wrestler, with an 8th and a 5th place finish in the 157 lb division.
Hughes has competed in the prestigious ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, in which he held a record of 2–2. This consists of wins over Ricardo Almeida and Jeremy Horn, and losses to Jeff Monson and Tito Ortiz.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Hughes won his first UFC World Welterweight title at UFC 34: High Voltage on November 2, 2001. Hughes was caught in a triangle choke by Carlos Newton, but Hughes lifted Newton in the air and slammed him to the mat, causing Newton to hit his head and lose consciousness just as Hughes was on the verge of blacking out himself from the choke. After the match Carlos stated that he felt the reason Hughes fell to the mat was because he was rendered unconscious from the triangle choke. This was confirmed by Hughes himself upon reviewing the tape of the match Hughes can be heard telling his corner after the fight "I was out." In their subsequent rematch, Hughes won by technical knockout when he successfully trapped Newton in a modified crucifix position, which allowed him to rain unanswered blows on Newton's defenseless face.
He successfully defended his championship belt several times thereafter, defeating Hayato Sakurai, Carlos Newton (in a rematch), Gil Castillo, Sean Sherk, and Frank Trigg. He kept the title until UFC 46, when he was submitted by Hawaiian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist B.J. Penn via rear naked choke. The title was vacated upon a contract dispute between Penn and the UFC. Hughes regained the vacant welterweight title by submitting Canadian contender Georges St-Pierre via armbar in the final second of the first round at UFC 50.
After regaining his title, Hughes successfully retained it in a rematch with Frank Trigg at UFC 52. After being accidentally hit in the groin early in the first round, Hughes looked to the referee for assistance; however, the referee had not seen the strike and Trigg capitalized on Hughes' distraction by staggering Hughes with a barrage of punches. The fight quickly went to the ground, with Trigg ground-and-pounding Hughes, then attempting a rear naked choke. After nearly two minutes of struggling, Hughes broke free of Trigg's choke attempt, then picked Trigg up, carried him across the Octagon, and slammed him to the ground. Hughes then ground-and-pounded Trigg before securing the victory with a rear naked choke of his own. Hughes' next fight took place at UFC 56, where he was scheduled to fight Judo practitioner Karo Parisyan. After Parysian suffered a hamstring injury and could not fight, Joe Riggs took his place. The match was originally scheduled as a title bout, but since Riggs could not meet the 170-pound weight limit, it became a non-title fight. Hughes defeated Riggs in the first round by submission via kimura. In UFC 60, on May 27, 2006, Hughes defeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Royce Gracie in a non-title, catch-weight bout by TKO (strikes). Before the stoppage, Gracie was caught in an armlock from the side mount position; although Hughes appeared to have the submission in place, Gracie would not tap out. Hughes has stated in past interviews that he could not get enough leverage on Gracie's arm to break it, thus he released the hold to pursue a more dominant position.
In September 2006, Hughes defended his title in a rematch against B.J. Penn, stopping him in the third round. Hughes trapped Penn's arm and landed approximately 40 blows to the defenseless Penn's unprotected face, forcing the referee to stop the fight.
Loss to St-Pierre
On November 18, 2006 at UFC 65: Bad Intentions, Georges St-Pierre defeated Hughes by TKO via strikes at 1:25 of round two, ending Hughes' title reign. In the first round, Hughes sustained two unintentional kicks near the groin; after Hughes went down from the second kick, St-Pierre was given a warning by referee "Big" John McCarthy. Hughes however stated in his post fight interview that the second kick mainly affected his legs, rather than his groin. Nearing the end of the first round, St-Pierre landed a 'superman' punch, which floored Hughes. St-Pierre then followed up with strikes on his stunned opponent. When it appeared that the fight would be stopped, the bell rang signaling the end of the first round. It was in the second round that St-Pierre ended the fight with a head kick which stunned Hughes and knocked him to the mat, following up with a flurry of punches and elbows that forced McCarthy to call a stop to the contest at 1:25 of round 2.
On March 3, 2007, Hughes returned to the Octagon for UFC 68: Uprising, defeating Chris Lytle by unanimous decision, winning 30–27 on all three judges' scorecards.
Following a championship win by Matt Serra over Georges St-Pierre at UFC 69, it was announced by UFC President Dana White that Hughes will again be fighting for the World Welterweight title in November 2007 against Serra. This fight was later changed to December 29, 2007 in Las Vegas, at UFC 79: Nemesis. On November 24, however, Serra sustained a herniated disc in his lower back and had to inform the UFC that he would not be able to compete for an indeterminate time. As a replacement for the Serra/Hughes title match, the UFC quickly signed a rubber match between Hughes and St-Pierre which would also be for the UFC Interim Welterweight Championship. Despite his best efforts, Hughes was unable to mount any serious offense on St-Pierre, who easily avoided all of Hughes' takedown attempts while also taking Hughes down at will and using Hughes' own ground-and-pound style against him. Near the end of the second round, St-Pierre attempted a kimura on Hughes' right arm that he escaped, but in a reversal of their first fight, St-Pierre was able to twist it into a straight armbar with fifteen seconds remaining in the round. Hughes fought the extension, but with his left hand trapped between the mat and St-Pierre's legs, was forced to verbally submit at 4:54 of the second round. In the post-fight interview, Hughes praised St-Pierre as the better fighter and stated his intention to take some time off and spend with his family.
In late mid 2007, Hughes left the Miletich camp with Miletich stablemate Robbie Lawler, longtime boxing coach Matt Pena, and wrestling/conditioning teacher Marc Fiore to form The H.I.T.(Hughes Intensive Training) Squad in Granite City, Illinois.
Hughes fought Thiago Alves at UFC 85: BEDLAM on June 7, 2008. Hughes lost the fight to Thiago Alves due to referee stoppage (TKO strikes) at 1:02 in round 2. After receiving a powerful flying knee from Alves he dropped to the ground with his own left knee pinned behind his hips, ultimately leaving him with a torn MCL and partially torn PCL. Hughes took the fight on short notice as a favor to the UFC. Alves failed to make weight for the match, but Hughes elected to fight him at a catch weight anyway.
The Ultimate Fighter
In 2005, Hughes participated as a coach opposite Rich Franklin in the second season of the Spike TV reality television series, The Ultimate Fighter. In 2007, Hughes participated as a guest coach for long time friend and training partner, Jens Pulver during The Ultimate Fighter 5 season.
Hughes agreed to be head coach again for the The Ultimate Fighter 6, alongside former UFC World welterweight champion, Matt Serra. Despite the fact that after the preliminary round, Team Hughes' record was 2–6, both Mac Danzig and Tommy Speer of Team Hughes made it to the finals.
Hughes vs. Serra and future
Immediately after the Alves fight, Hughes stated that he had "one more fight" left in him, and that he wanted to fight Matt Serra. Their rivalry stemmed from the time when Serra was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter and Hughes a coach. Serra did not like the way Hughes criticized other contestants on the show, and was disgusted when Hughes constantly picked on Georges St-Pierre during a lunch break and bragged about his submission victory. On January 9, 2009, Hughes confirmed on his web-site blog, that UFC 98 would likely be the day he and Serra met in the Octagon. The fight was confirmed by the UFC.
Hughes won the grudge match against Serra at UFC 98 via unanimous decision. After the fight Hughes and Serra embraced each other and ended their feud. Hughes posted on his blog: "When the fight was over, I was pretty confident I was going to get my hand raised. Some people have asked why I raised his hand at the end. Actually I didn't, he raised mine. He also told me that, no matter what the decision was, he was done with the rivalry". After the fight Matt Hughes said "I think I have a few more fights left in me."
Hughes signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC. Hughes defeated Renzo Gracie via third round TKO at UFC 112, setting the record for most wins in the UFC with 17. On May 28, 2010, Hughes was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Hughes choked Renzo Gracie student and 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Ricardo Almeida unconscious via Farmaconda (Anaconda choke) at 3:15 of round 1, on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117.
Hughes faced BJ Penn on November 20, 2010, for the third time at UFC 123. Penn came out strong in the first few seconds of the opening round, catching one of Hughes' kicks and knocking him off balance with a counter hook. Penn then connected with an overhand right that dropped Hughes, following up with three clean shots to the jaw. The bout was ended at 21 seconds into the first round, with his trilogy against Penn ending with 1 win to 2 losses to BJ. The fight marked the first time Hughes had been knocked out (he had previously lost via technical knockout). Post-fight Hughes hinted that the loss was one step closer to retirement.
Hughes was expected to face Diego Sanchez on September 24, 2011 at UFC 135. However, Sanchez was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Josh Koscheck. Hughes suffered a KO loss to Koscheck at 4:59 of the first round. Hughes showed improved striking, but ultimately succumbed to Koscheck's power punches.
Matt Hughes is a born again Christian and regularly posts Bible verses on his website. Hughes and his wife Audra have two daughters together and they each have a son from a previous relationship. The couple's second daughter was born on January 2, 2010. He published his autobiography, Made in America: The Most Dominant Champion in UFC History.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Welterweight Championship (Two times)
- Submission of the Night (One time)
- Fight of the Night (One time)
- UFC Hall of Fame
- Most wins in the UFC (Eighteen)
- Most wins in the Welterweight division (Eighteen) 
- Two separate six-fight win streaks in the UFC
- Defeated all but one (Pat Miletich) of the other UFC Welterweight Champions
- Most successful Welterweight title defenses (Seven)
- Tied (Tito Ortiz) for third most consecutive title defenses in UFC history (Five)
- Tied (Tito Ortiz) for most fights in UFC history (25)
- Second most successful title defenses in UFC history (Seven)
- Most combined days as UFC Welterweight Champion (1,577 days)
- Black Belt Magazine
- 2006 NHB Fighter of the Year 
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- NCAA Division I All-American Team (Two times)
- NCAA Division I 158 lb - 8th place out of Eastern Illinois University (1996)
- NCAA Division I 158 lb - 5th place out of Eastern Illinois University (1997)
- National Junior College Athletic Association
- NJCAA All-American Team (Two times)
- Grapplers Quest
- Middleweight Advanced Champion at the 2002 Grapplers Quest West Championships (2/23/02)
Mixed martial arts record
Professional record breakdown 54 matches 45 wins 9 losses By knockout 15 5 By submission 20 4 By decision 10 0 Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes Loss 45-9 Josh Koscheck KO (punches) UFC 135 September 24, 2011 1 4:59 Denver, Colorado, United States Loss 45–8 B.J. Penn KO (punches) UFC 123 November 20, 2010 1 0:21 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States Win 45–7 Ricardo Almeida Submission (modified anaconda choke) UFC 117 August 7, 2010 1 3:15 Oakland, California, United States Won Submission of the Night. Win 44–7 Renzo Gracie TKO (punches) UFC 112 April 10, 2010 3 4:40 Abu Dhabi, UAE Win 43–7 Matt Serra Decision (unanimous) UFC 98 May 23, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won Fight of the Night. Loss 42–7 Thiago Alves KO (flying knee and punches) UFC 85 June 7, 2008 2 1:02 London, England Catchweight fight; Alves weighed 174 lb Loss 42–6 Georges St-Pierre Submission (armbar) UFC 79 December 29, 2007 2 4:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For UFC Interim Welterweight Championship Win 42–5 Chris Lytle Decision (unanimous) UFC 68 March 3, 2007 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio Loss 41–5 Georges St-Pierre TKO (strikes) UFC 65 November 18, 2006 2 1:25 Sacramento, California, United States Lost UFC Welterweight Championship Win 41–4 B.J. Penn TKO (strikes) UFC 63 September 23, 2006 3 3:53 Anaheim, California, United States Defended UFC Welterweight Championship Win 40–4 Royce Gracie TKO (strikes) UFC 60 May 27, 2006 1 4:39 Los Angeles, California, United States Catchweight fight; 175 lb non-title fight. Win 39–4 Joe Riggs Submission (kimura) UFC 56 November 19, 2005 1 3:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Non-title fight Riggs failed to make weight. Win 38–4 Frank Trigg Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 52 April 16, 2005 1 4:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended UFC Welterweight Championship. Win 37–4 Georges St-Pierre Submission (armbar) UFC 50 October 22, 2004 1 4:59 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won UFC Welterweight Championship. Win 36–4 Renato Verissimo Decision (unanimous) UFC 48 June 19, 2004 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Loss 35–4 B.J. Penn Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 46 January 31, 2004 1 4:39 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost UFC Welterweight Championship Win 35–3 Frank Trigg Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 45 November 21, 2003 1 3:54 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Defended UFC Welterweight Championship. Win 34–3 Sean Sherk Decision (unanimous) UFC 42 April 25, 2003 5 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States Defended UFC Welterweight Championship Win 33–3 Gil Castillo TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 40 November 22, 2002 1 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended UFC Welterweight Championship Win 32–3 Carlos Newton TKO (strikes) UFC 38 July 13, 2002 4 3:27 London, England Defended UFC Welterweight Championship Win 31–3 Hayato Sakurai TKO (strikes) UFC 36 March 22, 2002 4 3:01 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended UFC Welterweight Championship Win 30–3 Carlos Newton KO (slam) UFC 34 November 2, 2001 2 1:27 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won UFC Welterweight Championship Win 29–3 Steve Gomm TKO Extreme Challenge 43 September 8, 2001 2 3:18 Orem, Utah, United States Win 28–3 Hiromitsu Kanehara Decision (majority) Fighting Network Rings: 10th Anniversary August 11, 2001 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Win 27–3 Chatt Lavender Submission (arm triangle choke) Extreme Challenge 41 July 13, 2001 3 2:31 Davenport, Iowa Win 26–3 Scott Johnson KO (punch) Extreme Challenge 40 June 16, 2001 1 3:24 Springfield, Illinois Win 25–3 John Cronk Submission (strikes) Gladiators 14 May 11, 2001 1 N/A Omaha, Nebraska, United States Win 24–3 Bruce Nelson Submission (strikes) Freestyle Combat Challenge 4 March 31, 2001 1 3:01 Racine, Wisconsin Win 23–3 Brett Al-azzawi Submission (armbar) Rings USA: Battle of Champions March 17, 2001 1 3:27 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States Loss 22–3 Jose Landi-Jons TKO (knee) Shidokan Jitsu: Warriors War 1 February 8, 2001 1 4:45 Kuwait Loss 22–2 Dennis Hallman Submission (armbar) UFC 29 December 16, 2000 1 0:20 Tokyo, Japan Win 22–1 Maynard Marcum Submission (keylock) Rings Australia: Free Fight Battle November 12, 2000 1 6:29 Brisbane, Australia Win 21–1 Robbie Newman Submission (arm triangle choke) Rings USA: Rising Stars Final September 30, 2000 1 1:40 Moline, Illinois Win 20–1 Chris Haseman Decision (unanimous) Rings: Millennium Combine 3 August 23, 2000 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan Win 19–1 Joe Guist Submission (armbar) Extreme Challenge 35 June 29, 2000 1 2:45 Davenport, Iowa Win 18–1 Marcelo Aguiar TKO (strikes) UFC 26 June 9, 2000 1 4:34 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States Win 17–1 Shawn Peters Submission (arm triangle choke) Extreme Challenge 32 May 21, 2000 1 2:52 Springfield, Illinois Win 16–1 Alexandre Barros Decision (unanimous) WEF 9: World Class May 13, 2000 3 5:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States Win 15–1 Eric DaVila Submission (keylock) SuperBrawl 17 April 15, 2000 2 3:24 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Win 14–1 Jorge Pereira TKO (cut) WEF 8: Goin' Platinum January 15, 2000 1 6:00 Rome, Georgia Win 13–1 Daniel Vianna KO (slam) JKD Challenge 3 November 20, 1999 1 2:16 Chicago, Illinois, United States Win 12–1 Laverne Clark Submission (rear naked choke) Extreme Challenge 29 November 13, 1999 2 1:35 Hayward, Wisconsin Win 11–1 Tom Schmitz Submission (injury) Extreme Challenge 29 November 13, 1999 1 0:48 Hayward, Wisconsin Eye injury. Win 10–1 Joe Doerksen Submission (strikes) Extreme Challenge 29 November 13, 1999 2 0:25 Hayward, Wisconsin Win 9–1 Valeri Ignatov Decision (unanimous) UFC 22 September 24, 1999 3 5:00 Lake Charles, Louisiana Win 8–1 Akihiro Gono Decision (unanimous) Shooto: 10th Anniversary Event May 29, 1999 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan Win 7–1 Erick Snyder TKO (slam) Jeet Kune Do Challenge 4 April 24, 1999 1 N/A Chicago, Illinois, United States Win 6–1 Joe Stern Submission (strikes) Extreme Challenge 23 April 2, 1999 1 2:30 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Win 5–1 Ryan Stout TKO (corner stoppage) Extreme Shootfighting December 11, 1998 2 5:00 Waukesha, Wisconsin Loss 4–1 Dennis Hallman Technical submission (guillotine choke) Extreme Challenge 21 October 17, 1998 1 0:17 Hayward, Wisconsin Win 4–0 Dave Menne Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 21 October 17, 1998 1 15:00 Hayward, Wisconsin Win 3–0 Victor Hunsaker TKO (strikes) Extreme Challenge 21 October 17, 1998 1 1:39 Hayward, Wisconsin Win 2–0 Craig Quick Submission (strikes) Jeet Kune Do Challenge 1 April 25, 1998 1 N/A Chicago, Illinois, United States Win 1–0 Erick Snyder Submission (slam) JKD: Challenge 2 January 1, 1998 1 0:15 Chicago, Illinois, United States
- (2008) Made in America: The Most Dominant Champion in UFC History. Simon Spotlight Entertainment. ISBN 978-1-4169-4883-4.
Notes and references
- ^ "Fight Finder: Matt Hughes". Sherdog. 2007. http://www.thehitsquad.com/. Retrieved 2007-08-15.
- ^ Hughes' official website & Sherdog profile record one less win than his UFC profile. The record listed here represents the one given on his official website & Sherdog profile.
- ^ "UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell II Preview". sherdog.com. http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/8/UFC-52-Couture-vs-Liddell-II-Preview-2666. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
- ^ a b http://www.mmamania.com/2010/5/29/1492622/matt-hughes-inducted-into-ufc-hall
- ^ "Matt Hughes opens H.I.T. Squad, starts Team Hughes". MMAFighting.com. http://www.mmafighting.com/news/2007/hughes_opens_hit_squad_starts_team_hughes.html. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
- ^ "Fighter Detail - Matt Hughes". Ultimate Fighting Championship. http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=fighter.detail&pid=4. Retrieved 8 November 2007.
- ^ a b "Biography & Testimony". matt-hughes.com. Archived from the original on 1 December 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20071201153319/http://www.matt-hughes.com/blog/matt-hughes-biography-testimony. Retrieved 8 November 2007.
- ^ a b http://redsweat.proelite.com/stuff/blog/106221/Top_5_Devastating_Slams_in_MMA_History
- ^ http://www.sherdog.com/events/UFC-65-Bad-Intentions-4313
- ^ a b c d http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/UFC-65-ampquotBad-Intentionsampquot-Play-by-PlayPresented-by-Sprawl-Fight-Short-Company-6171
- ^ "The second time I went down, it wasn't really because of my groin, but it affected my legs more than my groin. I don't know if it's a nerve thing or what happened." Matt Hughes, UFC 65 post-fight press conference
- ^ UFC 68: The Uprising
- ^ http://www.altnation.com/forums/combat-sports/129259-matt-serra-injured-out-ufc-79-a.html
- ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/3420/ufc-79-round-by-round-updates-and-live-results.mma
- ^ http://news.proelite.com/84942
- ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/UFC-79-Nemesis-Play-by-Play-10598
- ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/4524/ufc-85-recap-alves-rocks-hughes-bisping-cruises-to-tko-victory.mma
- ^ http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=news.detail&gid=8794
- ^ http://www.mmaroot.com/matt-hughes-vs-thiago-alves-ufc-85-video/
- ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/14150/ufc-officially-announces-ufc-98-lesnar-vs-mir-ii-for-may-23.mma
- ^ Hughes, Matt. "UFC 98 recap". http://matt-hughes.com/blog1/2009/05/25/ufc-98-recap/. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
- ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/16076/matt-hughes-signs-multi-fight-last-contract-with-ufc-still-uncertain-of-next-bout.mma
- ^ http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/04/10/ufc-112-matt-hughes-kos-renzo-gracie/
- ^ http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Matt-Hughes-232
- ^ http://www.sherdog.com/events/UFC-117-Silva-vs-Sonnen-13310
- ^ "Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida Possible for UFC 117 on August 6 in Oakland.". mmafrenzy.com. http://mmafrenzy.com/14210/matt-hughes-vs-ricardo-almeida-possible-for-ufc-117-on-august-6-in-oakland/. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
- ^ "MMA Roundtable with Ricardo Almeida". versus.com. http://www.versus.com/the-daily-line/videos/mma-roundtable-with-ricardo-almeida/in-stream/sort/most-recent/i/2/. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- ^ "Matt Hughes, BJ Penn to Complete Trilogy at UFC 123 in Michigan". mmafighting.com. http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/09/13/matt-hughes-bj-penn-to-complete-trilogy-at-ufc-123-in-michigan/. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
- ^ "Matt Hughes vs. Diego Sanchez expected for UFC 135 in Denver". mmajunkie.com. June 8, 2011. http://mmajunkie.com/news/23925/matt-hughes-vs-diego-sanchez-expected-for-ufc-135-in-denver.mma.
- ^ "Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck official for UFC 135 in Denver". mmajunkie.com. September 6, 2011. http://mmajunkie.com/news/25114/matt-hughes-vs-josh-koscheck-official-for-ufc-135-in-denver.mma.
- ^ Stupp, Dann. "UFC 135 main-card results: Jones chokes out 'Rampage,' Koscheck KOs Hughes". mmaJunkie.com. http://mmajunkie.com/news/25390/ufc-135-main-card-results-jones-chokes-out-rampage-koschecks-kos-hughes.mma. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- ^ http://www.matt-hughes.com/
- ^ "Katelyn Mae Hughes". Matt-Hughes.com. http://matt-hughes.com/blog1/?p=724. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
- ^ http://www.matt-hughes.com/blog1/?page_id=617
- ^ http://www.fightmatrix.com/ufc-records/most-wins/
- ^ http://www.wrestlinghalloffame.org/wrestlers.php?wrestler=3192
- ^ http://www.wrestlinghalloffame.org/wrestlers.php?wrestler=3192
- Matt Hughes' official website
- Official UFC Profile
- Professional MMA record for Matt Hughes from Sherdog
- IMDB page
- Matt Hughes' training facility
- Matt Hughes profile at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
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