Matthew Allen Hughes (born October 13, 1973 in Hillsboro, Illinois) is a professional mixed martial arts fighter and a former UFC Welterweight Champion. He trains as part of the Miletich Fighting Systems team along with former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia, and former UFC champions Pat Miletich and Jens Pulver. Hughes is known for his extreme strength and ‘ground-and-pound’ style. A devout Christian, he has a twin brother named Mark Hughes who wrestled and defeated Matt in Junior High School. His brother no longer trains in mixed martial arts, but has competed in the UFC.
Hughes won his first UFC Welterweight title at UFC 34: High Voltage on November 2, 2001 when,stuck in a triangle choke while holding Carlos Newton in the air, he slammed Newton violently to the mat with what could almost be described as a powerbomb, causing his opponent to hit his head and lose consciousness.
He successfully defended his championship belt several times thereafter, defeating Hayato Sakurai, Carlos Newton (in a rematch), Gil Castillo, Sean Sherk, and Frank Trigg. He kept the title until UFC 46, when he was submitted by Hawaiian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist B.J. Penn via rear naked choke. The title was vacated upon a contract dispute between B.J. Penn and the UFC. Hughes regained the vacant welterweight title by submitting Canadian contender Georges St. Pierre via armbar in the final second of the first round at UFC 50.
After regaining his title, Hughes successfully retained it in a rematch with Frank Trigg. After being accidentally hit in the groin early in the first round, Hughes looked to the referee; however, the referee had not seen the strike and Trigg capitalized on Hughes’ distraction by staggering Hughes with a barrage of punches. Eventually the fight went to the ground and Hughes fought off rear naked choke attempt. Hughes was able to escape and go on to win a decisive second victory with a rear naked choke of his own. Hughes’s next fight took place at UFC 56, where he was scheduled to fight Judo practitioner Karo Parisyan. After Parysian suffered a hamstring injury and could not fight, Joe Riggs took his place. Hughes defeated Riggs in the first round by [kimura]. The match was originally scheduled as a title bout, but since Riggs could not meet the 170-pound Welterweight weight limit, it became a non-title fight. On May 27, 2006, Matt Hughes defeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Royce Gracie by strikes from the back mount position. Moments before the stoppage, Royce Gracie was caught in a kimura from the side mount position; although Hughes appeared to have the submission locked in, he did not finish it. After the fight he told Grappling Magazine that he “let go of the armbar because he did not want to break Gracie’s arm”.
In September 2006, Hughes defended his title in a rematch against B.J. Penn, stopping him in the third round. Although Penn dominated the first 2 rounds, he struggled in the third with Hughes taking advantage. British MMA/wrestling magazine “Fighting Spirit” reported that Penn had sustained a rib injury late in round 2, leaving him gasping for air. This may explain his lack of performance in the latter round, though some attribute this to his a lack of cardio. Afterwards, Georges St. Pierre (who was supposed to face Hughes at this event but pulled out due to injury) stepped into the ring and congratulated Hughes on his win, but also stated “I was not impressed by your performance.” This verbal jab may be attributed to the Ultimate Fighter 4 series, where Hughes made a few off color remarks to GSP and a fighter that took part in the dinner, in an attempt to embarrass GSP in front of the television cameras.
On November 18, 2006 at UFC 65: Bad Intentions, Georges St. Pierre defeated Matt Hughes by TKO via strikes at 1:25 of round two, ending Hughes’ title reign. 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. Hughes however stated in his post fight interview that the second kick mainly affected his legs, rather than his groin. St. Pierre ended the fight with a head kick which stunned Hughes and knocked him to the mat, following up with a flurry of punches and elbows that forced referee John McCarthy to call a stop to the contest at 1:25 of the second round.
On March 3 2007, Hughes returned to the Octagon for UFC 68: Uprising and defeated Chris Lytle by unanimous decision winning every round.
Following an upset championship win by Matt Serra over Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69, it was announced by UFC President Dana White that Hughes will again be fighting for the Welterweight title in November of 2007.
The Ultimate Fighter
In 2005, Hughes participated as a coach opposite Rich Franklin in the second season of the Spike TV reality television series, The Ultimate Fighter. Hughes will also coach on the forthcoming sixth season of the show, opposite UFC Welterweight champion Matt Serra.
Hughes and his wife Audra have two children, son Joey and daughter Hanna Grace. .
Matt is five minutes older than his twin brother Mark. Matt and Mark have an older sister, Beth Ulricy..
- Hughes was two-time 145 lb. state wrestling champion for IHSA (Illinois High School Association) Class A in 1991 and 1992.
- Matt is a two-time Division I All-American wrestler, with an 8th and a 5th place finish in the 158 lb. division.
- Matt Hughes’ Octagon entrance music is “A Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams Jr.
- Hughes supports the Rancho3M orphanage in Mexico and some of the profit from his gear, which he sells through his website, goes to the orphanage.
- Hughes went to college at Lincoln College, in Lincoln, Illinois and then at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.
|43-5-0 (wins-losses-draws) |
|03/03/2007||Win||Chris Lytle||UFC 68 – The Uprising||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00||All 3 Judges Score 30-27|
|11/18/2006||Loss||Georges St. Pierre||UFC 65 – Bad Intentions||TKO (Strikes)||2||1:25||Lost UFC Welterweight Title|
|9/23/2006||Win||B.J. Penn||UFC 63 – Hughes vs. Penn||TKO (Strikes)||3||3:53||UFC Welterweight Title|
|5/27/2006||Win||Royce Gracie||UFC 60 – Hughes vs. Gracie||TKO (Strikes)||1||4:39||Catchweight non-title fight|
|11/19/2005||Win||Joe Riggs||UFC 56 – Full Force||Submission (Kimura)||1||3:28||Non-title fight (Riggs was unable to make weight)|
|4/16/2005||Win||Frank Trigg||UFC 52 – Couture vs Liddell 2||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||1||4:05||UFC Welterweight Title|
|10/22/2004||Win||Georges St. Pierre||UFC 50 – The War of ’04||Submission (Armbar)||1||4:59||Regained UFC Welterweight Title|
|6/19/2004||Win||Renato Verissimo||UFC 48 – Payback||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00|
|1/31/2004||Loss||B.J. Penn||UFC 46 – Supernatural||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||1||4:39||Lost UFC Welterweight Title|
|11/21/2003||Win||Frank Trigg||UFC 45 – Revolution||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||1||3:54|
|4/25/2003||Win||Sean Sherk||UFC 42 – Sudden Impact||Decision (Unanimous)||5||5:00|
|11/22/2002||Win||Gil Castillo||UFC 40 – Vendetta||TKO (Cut)||1||5:00|
|7/13/2002||Win||Carlos Newton||UFC 38 – Brawl at the Hall||TKO (Strikes)||4||3:27|
|3/22/2002||Win||Hayato Sakurai||UFC 36 – Worlds Collide||TKO (Strikes)||4||3:01|
|11/2/2001||Win||Carlos Newton||UFC 34 – High Voltage||KO (Slam)||2||1:27||Won UFC Welterweight Title|
|9/8/2001||Win||Steve Gomm||EC 43-Extreme Challenge 43||TKO||2||3:18|
|8/11/2001||Win||Hiromitsu Kanehara||Rings-10th Anniversary||Decision (Majority)||3||5:00|
|7/13/2001||Win||Chatt Lavender||EC 41-Extreme Challenge 41||Submission (Side Choke)||3||2:31|
|6/16/2001||Win||Scott Johnson||EC 40-Extreme Challenge 40||KO||1||3:24|
|5/11/2001||Win||John Cronk||Gladiators 14||Submission (Strikes)||N/A||N/A|
|3/31/2001||Win||Bruce Nelson||FCC 4-Freestyle Combat Challenge 4||Submission (Strikes)||1||3:01|
|3/17/2001||Win||Brett Al-azzawi||Rings USA-Battle of Champions||Submission (Armbar)||1||3:27|
|2/8/2001||Loss||Jose Landi-Jons||Shidokan Jitsu-Warriors War 1||KO (Knee to the Head)||1||4:45|
|12/16/2000||Loss||Dennis Hallman||UFC 29 – Defense of the Belts||Submission (Armbar)||1||0:20|
|11/12/2000||Win||Maynard Marcum||Rings Australia-Free Fight Battle||Submission (Keylock)||1||6:29|
|9/30/2000||Win||Robbie Newman||Rings USA-Rising Stars Final||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||1||1:40|
|8/23/2000||Win||Chris Haseman||Rings-Millennium Combine 3||Decision (Unanimous)||2||5:00|
|6/29/2000||Win||Joe Guist||EC 35-Extreme Challenge 35||Submission (Armbar)||1||2:45|
|6/9/2000||Win||Marcelo Aguiar||UFC 26 – Ultimate Field of Dreams||TKO (Cut)||1||4:34|
|5/21/2000||Win||Shawn Peters||EC 32-Extreme Challenge 32||Submission (Choke)||1||2:52|
|5/13/2000||Win||Alexandre Barros||WEF 9-World Class||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00|
|4/15/2000||Win||Eric DaVila||SB 17-SuperBrawl 17||Submission (Keylock)||2||3:24|
|1/15/2000||Win||Jorge Pereira||WEF 8-Goin’ Platinum||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||1||6:00|
|11/20/1999||Win||Daniel Vianna||IE-Independent Event||TKO (Slam)||1||?|
|11/13/1999||Win||LaVerne Clark||EC 29-Extreme Challenge 29||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||2||1:35|
|11/13/1999||Win||Tom Schmitz||EC 29-Extreme Challenge 29||Submission (Eye Injury)||1||0:48|
|11/13/1999||Win||Joe Doerksen||EC 29-Extreme Challenge 29||Submission (Strikes)||2||0:25|
|9/24/1999||Win||Valeri Ignatov||UFC 22 – There Can Be Only One Champion||Decision||3||5:00|
|5/29/1999||Win||Akihiro Gono||Shooto-10th Anniversary Event||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00|
|4/24/1999||Win||Erick Snyder||JKD-Challenge 4||TKO (Slam)||N/A||N/A|
|4/2/1999||Win||Joe Stern||EC 23-Extreme Challenge 23||Submission||1||2:30|
|12/11/1998||Win||Ryan Stout||ES-Extreme Shootfighting||TKO (Towel Thrown In)||2||5:00|
|10/17/1998||Loss||Dennis Hallman||EC 21-Extreme Challenge 21||TKO (Guillotine Choke)||1||0:17|
|10/17/1998||Win||Dave Menne||EC 21-Extreme Challenge 21||Decision||1||15:00|
|10/17/1998||Win||Victor Hunsaker||EC 21-Extreme Challenge 21||TKO (Strikes)||1||1:39|
|4/25/1998||Win||Craig Quick||JKD-Challenge 1||Submission (Strikes)||N/A||N/A|
Notes and references
- Matt Hughes’ official website
- Official UFC profile
- Professional MMA record for Matt Hughes from Sherdog.com
- IMDB page
|3rd UFC Welterweight Champion
November 2, 2001 – January 31, 2004
|5th UFC Welterweight Champion
October 22, 2004 – November 18, 2006
Georges St. Pierre
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Coaches: Rich Franklin | Matt Hughes
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