Matt Hughes is officially putting down the 4-ounce gloves and going corporate.
The UFC Hall-of-Famer and two-time welterweight champion announced his retirement Thursday along with his new career path: Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations.
It is a newly created position and coincides with the MMA promotion's new conduct policy. Exactly what those guidelines are and what Hughes will be doing to enforce them remains unclear.
“This is something that the UFC is implementing because they really care about their athletes,” Hughes said in a statement. “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 (46-9, 18-6 UFC) set the standard for 170-pounders with seven straight title defenses. (Georges St-Pierre attempts to break that record at UFC 158 in March against Nick Diaz.) Hughes, 39, lost his last two fights by first-round knockouts to B.J. Penn (2010) and Josh Koscheck (2011).