Hughes recently announced on his official website that he will likely be able to fight in 6 to 7 months:
“Went to the doctor yesterday, he performed quite a few tests on my knee. With the results of the tests on my knee and from what I have told him, he definitely thinks the MCL and the PCL is rebuilding itself. The next time I go back up there, in a month to a month and a half, I will get an MRI and that way he can get a picture of the knee and he can see better whatâ€™s going on. So right now, Iâ€™m going to work out lightly, try and build up my quadricep as much as I can. Do nothing with the hamstring really, from what he said and he says possibly being able to fight in 6-7 months.”
Based on the timeline it doesn’t appear Hughes will be ready to fight rival and fellow former champion Matt Serra on the UFCâ€™s late-December new years show.
Many fans and critics feel that Hughes should hang up the gloves while continuing to coach full time at the H.I.T Squad, but Hughes wants to keep fighting. In MMAâ€™s version of Brett Favre we will have to wait and see what the future holds.