When the curtain drops this weekend on Matt Hughes’ co-headlining clash with Josh Koscheck it may mark the final time the iconic UFC welterweight steps foot inside the Octagon. Though the 37-year Hughes hasn’t said he’ll retire with a loss to Koscheck, he certainly hasn’t committed to fighting beyond UFC 135 even with a win in Denver.
The UFC Hall of Fame member elaborated on his plans yesterday in a conference call with media where he also made it a point to mention the match-up was the last on his current UFC contract.
Hughes also explained that his wife was urging him to hang his gloves up but regardless he planned on re-evaluating the situation after facing Koscheck, as well as getting the opinion of “D-Dubya” and his other bosses in the UFC, before making a final decision.
If the 45-8 Hughes does retire it will certainly be a difficult decision no matter how the fight with Koscheck turns out.
“I consider myself a lucky man. I love going to the gym twice every day. I love traveling with my buddies,” he said while adding he is still driven by the desire to compete.
The admission of uncertainty where his fighting future is concerned is no doubt music to Koscheck’s ears in the sense he could potentially retire an opponent he’s already amped to humble.
Saturday night will be the 24th appearance in the Octagon in Hughes’ decade-long stint in the UFC. Among his eighteen instances of success inside the famous eight-sided cage are wins over Renzo Gracie, Sean Sherk, Georges St. Pierre, Matt Serra, Chris Lytle, and BJ Penn.
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