Matt Hughes isn’t retired yet, but headed towards it

Maggie Hendricks

It's been more than a year since UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes was knocked out by Josh Koscheck at UFC 135. At 39, he has a career record of 45-9, and was the UFC welterweight champion twice with a total of seven defenses. With that sort of career, is it time for him to call it quits?

On the MMA Hour, Hughes said maybe. Since his last fight, he's sold his gym, and spent time raising his four kids and working on the family farm with his twin brother.

"I wouldn't say I've closed the door [on my career], but I've got my hand on the door handle," Hughes said. "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."

Hughes said both his wife and UFC president Dana White have both gently encouraged him to hang it up. If he does, he wants to stay involved in MMA by working to improve the quality of judging.

Does Hughes have anything left to prove or is it a good time for him to hang it up? Speak up in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.

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