UFC President Dana White is “almost 100 percent positive” Matt Hughes will retire after suffering a second-straight knockout loss to Josh Koscheck this past Saturday at UFC 135, even though the UFC hall of famer and former welterweight champion vowed he wasn’t retiring following the loss.
“I think he’s going to retire,” White said of Hughes at the UFC 135 post-fight press conference (via MMAjunkie). “I just don’t think Hughes wants to say the word ‘retire.’ He’s going to fly out to Vegas in the next month or so and sit down and talk, but I’m pretty sure he’s going to hang it up – without saying ‘retire.’ I’m almost 100 percent positive he’s going to retire. I don’t think he’s going to do anything else.”
The UFC 135 loss dropped Hughes to just 3-4 in his last 7 fights, including a 21-second KO to BJ Penn in November that snapped a three-fight win streak.