Matt Hughes

Martial Artist
Born Oct 13, 1973

Matthew Allen Hughes 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, defeated all the available opposition in the welterweight division, won the welterweight title on two occasions, defended the belt a record seven times, and holds the record for most wins in the UFC.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Matt Hughes.


1973 Birth Born on October 13, 1973.


1991 17 Years Old He won in 1991 and 1992 while attending Hillsboro High School (Illinois). … Read More


1996 22 Years Old After graduation Matt continued wrestling at Eastern Illinois University, where he was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American placing eighth in 1996 and fifth in 1997 at 158 lb. … Read More
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Hughes made his mixed martial arts debut on January 1, 1998 at Joe Gaytia's JKD Challenge. … Read More
1999 25 Years Old Matt Hughes made his promotional debut at UFC 22: There Can Be Only One Champion, on September 24, 1999, defeating Bulgarian Valeri Ignatov via unanimous decision after three rounds. … Read More
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…  At this point in their careers, Penn was the only mixed martial artist to beat Hughes after March 2001. … Read More


2006 32 Years Old 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. … Read More
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. … Read More
2008 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Hughes released his autobiography, Made in America: The Most Dominant Champion in UFC History, co-written with Michael Malice, on January 1, 2008. … Read More
2009 35 Years Old On January 9, 2009, Hughes confirmed on his blog that UFC 98 would likely be the day he and Serra met in the Octagon. … Read More
On May 28, 2010, Hughes was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. … Read More
2011 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, Hughes appeared as guest coach during The Ultimate Fighter 13 season for friend and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. … Read More
2012 38 Years Old Matt Hughes has been criticized by animal advocates, including UFC fighter Dan Hardy, for his trophy hunting. In response to outrage over trophy hunting pictures posted on his Twitter account in 2012, Hughes called some of the commenters "PETA idiots" and told them to stop following his page. … Read More
2013 39 Years Old The UFC announced on January 24, 2013 that Matt Hughes retired from fighting and was named a Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations. … Read More


2014 40 Years Old On July 4, 2014, Matt Hughes became the host of Uncaged with Matt Hughes, which airs Saturdays on the Sportsman Channel.
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