Matt Hughes
American martial artist
Matt Hughes
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.
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St Pierre Retains Title at UFC 167, Future Uncertain for Champ
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
It had all the makings of a fairytale ending to one of the most storied careers in UFC history; welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre would defend his belt for the ninth time at UFC 167 to become the promotion's all-time winningest fighter, and walk away from the octagon after nearly a decade. But even before St-Pierre took the microphone from commentator Joe Rogan during a post-fight interview, the perfect scenario to retire at the height of his success had already passed, as the validity of his split-decision win over Johny Hendricks was immediately questioned. Still, the champion addressed the MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd amid a deafening mixture of boos and cheers. "I have a bunch of stuff in my life happening, I need to hang up my gloves for a little bit," stated St-Pierre. "I have to go away for a little bit at least ... I have to step away for a bit, and that's all I can say right now." Refusing to call it a retirement, St-Pierre created an instant shockwave of speculatio ...
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UFC 167 Recap: Was George St-Pierre's 'Retirement' Staged?
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
UFC 167 aired live last night from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The night marked the 20th anniversary of the first UFC event on November 13, 1993. I remember watching that tournament (and the next five or so) with my dad in our living room. I was 13 years old at the time, and in the 8th grade. It was amazing to see Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, and all the original fighters match their skills against each other in a mixed martial arts tournament. Watching UFC 167 last night with Joon and the roommates, we reminisced about the evolution of the sport, its current state, and the future. The Undercard Fights I didn't bother with the Fox 1 prelims -- I only jumped in to watch the main card. The round of the night easily goes to Josh Koscheck's humiliating loss to Tyrone Woodley in the first round. Koscheck (who, himself is a great boxer and wrestler) was getting rocked early on. He kept going in and backing out. The first time he did it, Woodley connected with a right hook and cut open Kosch ...
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Amid Drought, Midwest Farmers Embrace Changes to Farm Bill
Voice of America - over 4 years
BLOOMINGTON, Illinois — Legislation commonly known as the U.S. Farm Bill expires at the end of September. The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act, its formal name, comes up for renewal every five years. It directs the U.S. government's food and agricultural policy. Changes to the bill this year come at a time when producers may need it most. ​​Drought conditions aren’t new to Matt Hughes. The Illinois farmer said "surviving to the next year is very important.” Hughes has always ...
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10 of the worst sports nicknames ever
guyism - almost 5 years
The Sultan of Swat, Joltin’ Joe, The Great One, Broadway Joe, Magic. Those are just some of the famous sports nicknames which have become iconic not only among sports fans but within all of pop culture. Sadly, however, our propensity to bestow memorable nicknames on our sports heroes doesn’t end with the iconic. No, it seems like we just can’t help but to slap a nickname on anyone who throws on a uniform. Sometimes, this leads to the utterly ridiculous, the inane and even the occasionally offensive. And it is these horrible, godforsaken nicknames which we celebrate (okay fine, mercilessly make fun of) here today. So, without further ado, here are 10 of the worst sports nicknames of all time. 10 The Athlete: Anthony McFarland The Nickname: Booger Unless you’re an iconic nose-picking movie character from an ‘80s flick, the nickname Booger isn’t exactly one to be proud of. Especially if you’re a 300 pound defensive lineman. Look, Anthony McFarland may have been an elite athle ...
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To celebrate the National Gardens Scheme, the Chron goes beyond the gates of Holdenby House
Northampton Chronicle & Echo - almost 5 years
THE heart of Holdenby House’s head gardener Matt Hughes must have dropped when the BBC crew set up camp last year to film the latest TV version of Great Expectations. The wide vista of the roadway up to Holdenby’s front door was given the Miss Havisham treatment and, just like the story’s tragic, jilted bride herself, while filming was carried out some of the gardens around the house were transformed to look neglected and rather past their best. While Miss Havisham was no gardener, Matt is the opposite. Watching Matt quickly reach down to snip a single stray dandelion on an otherwise perfect lawn, I realise what a heart-wrenching struggle this must have been for him. He recalled: “They put down 200 tonnes of top soil and four lorry-loads of dead plants; they spent a while putting dead plants around the garden. If you look at press photos of the front of the house, it looks like a complete mess. “Apparently it was actually cheaper for them to do that than have a team create compute ...
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MMA Analysis: Mark Hominick Fighting for Another Title Shot
Opposing Views - almost 5 years
For every great fighter they all need that breakthrough moment, when they make the millions watching in attendance or from their living rooms stand up and take notice. For Anderson Silva it was his obliteration of Rich Franklin, for George St-Pierre it was his first win over Matt Hughes and so on. For Mark Hominick it was a different story though, his story doesn’t end with him having his hand raised and UFC President Dana White wrapping a ten-pound championship around his waist validating his life’s work. His breakthrough moment was a loss to top-ranked featherweight Jose Aldo. Hominick had just moved over to the Ultimate Fighting Championship after fighting for nine years between Canada and North America but a three-win stint in the Zuffa, LLC sister-organization World Extreme Cagefighting had him at the top of the contenders list when he made his octagon debut. Knowing what was on the line he wasted no time punching his t ...
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UFC fighter Matt Hughes has a message for the 'idiots' at PETA
SB Nation - about 5 years
And it goes a little something like this: "Me and my brother love to shoot cats! If you don't like seeing dead animals please stop following me. I'm not even going to try and educate you PETA idiots." Former UFC welterweight champion <a class="fplink fp-595708" href="/matt+hughes+fighter">Matt Hughes</a> has been using the wide reach of social media to flaunt his latest kill -- much to the chagrin of some animal lovers unfortunate enough to be caught in the cross-hairs of his Twitter timeline. Hughes (45-9), who was bagged and tagged by Josh Koscheck at UFC 135 last September after getting skinned by B.J. Penn back in 2010, knows what it's like to be both predator and prey. Fellow UFC welterweight Dan Hardy has his sights set on the fading legend, asking ZUFFA boss Lorenzo Fertitta for the chance to "smash him in the face." Take a number, Mr. "Outlaw," a good portion of the "idiots" from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are already in front ...
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The 25 Latest Finishes in UFC History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
21 (tie): Matt Hughes vs. Renzo Gracie, UFC 112 At UFC 112, Matt Hughes faced off against his second Gracie, as he took on Royce&#39;s cousin, Renzo Gracie. Throughout the fight, Hughes trashed the leg of Renzo, and towards the end of the fight Renzo could
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New Training Partners Help Matt Hughes Prepare For Josh Koscheck -
Google News - over 5 years
... while Koscheck is fighting for the first time since a loss to Georges St-Pierre in 2010 where he suffered a broken orbital bone that sidelined him for an extended period of time. New Training Partners Help Matt Hughes Prepare For Josh Koscheck.&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Koscheck talks exploding eyeball and asking for Wandy, Franklin or Leben - Yahoo! Sports (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Josh Koscheck wouldn&#39;t be Josh Koscheck if he didn&#39;t dole out some great prefight talk in advance of his UFC 135 fight against Matt Hughes. The welterweight title contender has been on the shelf since his loss to Georges St-Pierre last ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Matt Hughes: In his own words - ESPN (blog)
Google News - over 5 years It&#39;s hard to keep a good man down -- especially one as tough as Matt Hughes. After taking some time off after my last fight with BJ Penn at UFC 123 in November, I realized that there was no question that I was going to ...&nbsp;-
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UFC 135 Preview: Diego Sanchez Says He "Grew Up," Focused on Facing Matt Hughes - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Now, following back-to-back victories over Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann, Sanchez has been granted the opportunity to meet Matt Hughes at UFC 135. But his current win-streak didn&#39;t come just through hard work and dedication in the gym
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BJ Penn Trains with Matt Hughes to Prepare for Carlos Condit -
Google News - over 5 years
Last week, Penn finished up an intense training period with former foe Matt Hughes, the man Penn viciously laid out in 21 seconds at UFC 123 in November. As if that weren&#39;t enough, Pat Miletich, Robbie Lawler and Jeremy Horn, longtime Hughes confidants
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UFC on Versus 5 fight card: Chris Lytle vs Dan Hardy preview -
Google News - over 5 years
He followed up that loss with a decision loss to former welterweight champion Matt Hughes. Since then, &quot;Lights Out&quot; has gone 7-4 in the UFC, including an impressive four fight win streak that had him in Dana White&#39;s proverbial &quot;mix&quot; before he was
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“They Want To See Us Scrap†Condit to Penn Via Twitter: -
Google News - over 5 years
Penn has fought the likes of Frankie Edgar, Jon Fitch, Matt Hughes, and not to forget his momentous bloody victory over Diego Sanchez. With a huge career, and a possible feeling of should he retire or not, BJ is set to face off against someone making a
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Matt Hughes
  • 2014
    Age 40
    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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  • 2013
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the UFC, Hughes frequently used the song "A Country Boy Can Survive" by Hank Williams, Jr. as he made his entrance towards the Octagon. At the UFC 56 live broadcast, Joe Rogan said: "My favorite walk-out song in all the UFC, ′A country boy can survive.′"
  • 2012
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Matt and his twin brother were born on their father's birthday. Hughes is a close friend of professional wrestler Mark Calaway, best known by his ring name The Undertaker.
  • 2011
    Age 37
    Hughes was expected to face Diego Sanchez on September 24, 2011 at UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage.
    More Details Hide Details However, Sanchez missed the bout with an injury and was 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. I'm not retiring. I'm just going to tell the UFC to put me up on a shelf for a while, and we'll see what happens after that.
    In 2011, Hughes appeared as guest coach during The Ultimate Fighter 13 season for friend and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.
    More Details Hide Details I just had a good night that night, and he had a bad night.
  • 2010
    Age 36
    Hughes faced BJ Penn on November 20, 2010, in a rubber match at UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida, after their previous two fights at UFC 46 and UFC 63.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Hughes trilogy against Penn ending at 1-2. 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 moved him one step closer to retirement. I had a lot on the line. This was a huge fight for me. To be honest, I don't know what goes on now.
    Fighting Renzo Gracie student and 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Ricardo Almeida, Hughes rendered him unconscious with a Dave Schultz front headlock at 3:15 of round 1, on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen.
    More Details Hide Details Hughes landed a huge left hook that knocked Almeida down, sinking in the very deep choke which earned him the Submission of the Night honors. Almeida requested the fight after watching his mentor lose to Hughes at UFC 112 back in April. Hughes now had four wins over mixed martial artists with ties to the Gracies, including UFC pioneer Royce Gracie, the prior mentioned Renzo Gracie and former champ Serra. It's an old-school wrestling move. I've been good at it. I'm happy to beat a good Brazilian with a wrestling move.
    On May 28, 2010, Hughes was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details I never thought about this, to be honest - I'm just a Midwest guy kinda living the dream. But I'm very privileged and I thank the UFC. Shaking hands, signing autographs, being a world title holder and being inducted into the Hall of Fame, this is beyond what I ever would have pictured my life being.
  • 2009
    Age 35
    On January 9, 2009, Hughes confirmed on his blog that UFC 98 would likely be the day he and Serra met in the Octagon.
    More Details Hide Details UFC confirmed the fight. Hughes won the grudge match against Serra at UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida via unanimous decision. In the first round, both fighters collided heads, and Hughes got the worst of it. Despite this, Serra could not finish the fight and Hughes recovered rapidly. In the second stanza, Hughes controlled his opponent on the ground with his wrestling skills. The final round saw the former champions taking each other down and exchanging punches. The back and forth action rewarded both competitors with Fight of the Night honors. 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 Hughes said, "I think I have a few more fights left in me."
  • 2008
    Age 34
    Hughes fought Thiago Alves at UFC 85: BEDLAM on June 7, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Hughes lost to Alves by TKO at 1:02 of the second round. After receiving a powerful flying knee, 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 UFC. Alves failed to make weight for the match, but Hughes elected to fight him at a catch weight anyway. He stated in his blog: Thiago came in big, some people told me that he looked bigger than me in the octagon. I didn’t expect that but I also think that had nothing to do with the outcome of the fight. I think Thiago came up with a good game plan. 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 was guest 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.
    Hughes released his autobiography, Made in America: The Most Dominant Champion in UFC History, co-written with Michael Malice, on January 1, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The book debuted at #21 on the New York Times bestseller list. Since January 2011, Matt Hughes is the host of hunting program Trophy Hunters TV, which airs in Outdoor Channel three times a week. The show is closely related to the Texas Trophy Hunters Association.
  • 2007
    Age 33
    If we fight again, I don't think he's going to beat me, but he will probably come closer. Following a championship win by Matt Serra over Georges St-Pierre at UFC 69, UFC President Dana White announced that Hughes would fight for the World Welterweight title in November 2007 against Serra.
    More Details Hide Details This fight was later changed to December 29, 2007, in Las Vegas, at UFC 79: Nemesis. On November 23, however, Serra sustained a herniated disc in his lower back and informed UFC that he would not be able to compete for an indeterminate time. As a replacement for the title match, the UFC quickly signed a rubber match between Hughes and St-Pierre that would also be for the Interim UFC Welterweight Championship. Despite his best efforts, Hughes was unable to mount a serious offense on St-Pierre, who easily avoided Hughes' takedown attempts, while 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:
    In 2007, Hughes participated as a guest coach for long-time friend and training partner, Jens Pulver during The Ultimate Fighter 5 season.
    More Details Hide Details Hughes agreed to head coach again for The Ultimate Fighter 6, alongside then-UFC 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, Hughes participated as a coach opposite Rich Franklin in the second season of the Spike TV reality television series, The Ultimate Fighter. This was the first season where the coaches did not fight each other after the conclusion of the show, because Franklin and Hughes were champions in different weight divisions.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hughes secured an armbar at the end of round one, but Lytle was saved by the bell. Hughes opened the second round with a quick takedown, moving up to side-control and then landed an elbow that cut Lytle. Finally, Hughes mounted his opponent, but Lytle swept and was able to reverse that position. In the third round, Hughes unsuccessfully tried an armbar again before the horn sounded.
  • 2006
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. However, Hughes stated in the 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. In the second round St-Pierre ended the fight with a head kick which stunned Hughes and knocked him to the mat. He followed up with a flurry of punches and elbows that forced McCarthy to stop the contest with 3:35 left in the round.
  • 2001
    Age 27
    Hughes won his first UFC World Welterweight title at UFC 34: High Voltage on November 2, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details In a come-from-behind fight, Hughes was caught in a triangle choke by then-champion Carlos Newton, but he lifted Newton in the air and slammed him to the mat, causing Newton to hit his head and lose consciousness just as Hughes was himself on the verge of blacking out 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". The result was officially announced as a KO at 1:27 of the second round. The slam is considered to be one of the greatest in MMA history. He successfully defended his championship belt at UFC 36: Worlds Collide, defeating former Shooto Middleweight Champion Hayato Sakurai via TKO due to strikes at 3:01 of the fourth round. In the first round of the fight, Hughes spent all the time either clinching Sakurai up against the fence, or ripping his feet out from under him. In round 2, Sakurai landed a right hand that sent Hughes to the mat; despite this, Matt won the round by spending three minutes hitting Sakurai with elbows from the top position. At the start of the third round, Hughes quickly slammed Sakurai to the ground, again staying three minutes on top.
    At this point in their careers, Penn was the only mixed martial artist to beat Hughes after March 2001.
    More Details Hide Details In fact, it was Hughes' only loss in his last 19 fights. In the bout, Penn controlled the first two rounds, but sustained a rib injury during the scramble to take Hughes' back in round two. He was visibly different in the third round, appearing exhausted and missing punches he was landing earlier. Hughes was able to take Penn to the mat, and in side-control crucifix position rained punches on Penn's head until referee "Big" John McCarthy stopped the fight at 3:53 of the third round. In the process, Hughes became the first man to ever stop Penn in a fight. Both fighters were awarded the Fight of the Night bonus. In an interview on Penn's personal website, Penn stated that by round three he could hardly breathe and had no "mobility in his core". St-Pierre stepped into the ring to promote his upcoming title fight against Hughes, stating that he was glad that Hughes won his fight, but that he was "not impressed" by Hughes' performance. According to both commentator Joe Rogan and Hughes' own autobiography, Hughes was unhappy with St-Pierre's statement. Hughes said that they "had words" off-camera shortly thereafter. St-Pierre apologized, saying he had misunderstood something Hughes had said on the microphone and did not mean to offend him.
  • 1999
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to the promotion at UFC 26: Ultimate Field of Dreams, where he defeated Marcelo Aguiar via TKO, throwing some elbows which cut Aguiar and forced the doctor to end the match. The stoppage came at 4:34 of the first round. Hughes faced Dennis Hallman in a rematch at UFC 29: Defense of the Belts. At this point in their careers, Hallman was the only man to have defeated Hughes in MMA competition. Hughes lost the fight via armbar in only twenty seconds. When the bout started, Hughes lifted and brutally slammed Hallman to the mat, but was caught in the submission after landing in side-control.
  • 1998
    Age 24
    Hughes fought three times at Extreme Challenge 21, on October 17, 1998 defeating Victor Hunsaker via TKO and future UFC Midleweight Champion Dave Menne via unanimous decision.
    More Details Hide Details In the third fight of that night he lost to then-undefeated Dennis Hallman by technical submission (guillotine choke) at 0:17 of the first round. The result was announced as a KO. In the process, Hallman handed Hughes his first professional defeat.
    Hughes made his mixed martial arts debut on January 1, 1998 at Joe Gaytia's JKD Challenge.
    More Details Hide Details He slammed his opponent to the ground in just fifteen seconds, winning via KO. The slam became his signature move. He won his next fight via submission due to strikes.
  • 1996
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He finished with an 80-15 record for Eastern Illinois. Hughes competed in the prestigious ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, in which he held a record of 2–2, beating Ricardo Almeida and Jeremy Horn, and losing to Jeff Monson and Tito Ortiz.
  • 1991
    Age 17
    He won in 1991 and 1992 while attending Hillsboro High School (Illinois).
    More Details Hide Details During his junior and senior years, Matt went undefeated and won back-to-back state championships in the 145 lb class. Over the final three years of high school, he totaled 131 wins against only 2 losses, both during his sophomore year (sophomore 43-2; junior 43-0; senior 45-0). His college career started at Southwestern Illinois College. Hughes placed fifth in the nation at 158 lb. After Southwestern dropped their wrestling program, Hughes transferred to Lincoln College, where he placed third in the nation, notching a 33-3 record for the Lynx.
  • 1973
    Born on October 13, 1973.
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