The media got quite the surprise at the UFC on Fox's press conference in Chicago Thursday afternoon when it began with announcing the retirement of one of the world's most respected fighters.
Chicago was the perfect place for Matt Hughes to retire. He was born in Hillsboro, Illinois and was a two-time NCAA Division 1 All-American at Eastern Illinois. Matt finished college with a record of 80-15.
He was known and feared for his wrestling in the UFC. Hughes defended his Welterweight title 7 times, a record he shares with George St. Pierre. The UFC Hall of Famer continues to have the record for most wins in the UFC (18). He also took the 2nd most fights in UFC history with 25, behind Tito Ortiz.
The 9-time UFC Welterweight champion was a man of few words when addressing the media, but he always did do his talking in the Octagon. After Matt gave a retirement speech to the media, I was able to get a 1-on-1 with Hughes to look back on his legendary career with the UFC.