Former UFC welterweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer, Matt Hughes (45-9, MMA; 18-7, UFC), officially announced his retirement from fighting today a the UFC on Fox 6 pre-fight press conference. Hughes will now work in a front office role with the UFC and has been named the Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations for the UFC. In the role, Hughes will conduct "policy fundamental to UFC's commitment to safety first and highest standards."
Hughes won his first UFC title at UFC 34 in 2001. He went on to defend the title six times before he lost the belt to BJ Penn at UFC 45. Hughes won the UFC title again at UFC 50 in 2004 when he won the vacant title and defeated Georges St-Pierre, handing GSP his first ever career defeat in MMA.