Hughes: I lost the desire to compete

by Shaun Al-Shatti | source: mmafighting.com
 

"I wouldn't say I've closed the door [on my career], but I've got my hand on the door handle," Hughes said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "You know it's been over a year since I've fought, and I've having a good time with my family raising my kids, which I think is a bigger thing than me competing, making sure my family is raised right. So I'm having a good time at home with the family, and kind of, maybe, lost the desire just a little bit to compete. I'm not retired yet, but it is looking like that's where I'm going."

Like many aging UFC legends, Hughes retirement has been met, in part, with some gentle coaxing from UFC President Dana White.

"We have talked and he's voiced his opinion about me," admits Hughes. "He just says I've got nothing to prove, and for Dana to say that, it means something. I think he's taking my best interests to heart. I still think he could make some money off me, put me on a card, but he's looking past the financial side of things, and saying, ‘Hey, you've been here for a long time and you're good to go. You can retire.' With him talking like a father and not a businessman, it really lets it sink in a little deeper than it would the other way.

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WWETopTeam site profile image  

10/23/12 3:34 PM by WWETopTeam

Where is the guy that used to pound his brother in the back of the barn ???

WWETopTeam site profile image  

10/23/12 3:34 PM by WWETopTeam

Where is the guy that used to pound his brother in the back of the barn ???

WWETopTeam site profile image  

10/23/12 3:34 PM by WWETopTeam

Where is the guy that used to pound his brother in the back of the barn ???

Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

10/23/12 3:29 PM by Zed Wayne Zed

Man, as much as I am not a fan of the person,he was a beast at 170.He was much classier here than expected....I r confuse.

UGCTT_Winnson site profile image  

10/23/12 3:15 PM by UGCTT_Winnson

I'll bag on his hunting habits, but the man totally dominated the sport for years and years and years.   He armbarred GSP.   Losing the desire to fight after years of being banged up, reaching the pinnacle, and aging is pretty goddam understandable.    Hope he doesn't go kill random stuff in Africa anymore for shits and giggles, and give him all the respect in the world.   He's earned it and I hope he doesn't keep going out there until his eggs are scrambled into Bolivian.  A country breakfast should be on your table and not between your ears.   Peace    

hubris site profile image  

10/23/12 3:07 PM by hubris

get this man on some TRT

white site profile image  

10/23/12 3:03 PM by white

I was completely serious. When Hughes was the champ/ in title contention, the betting odds would not have been entirely unfavorable for him. Think about it like this: if Hughes had Silva in the same position Lutter did, do you think he would have won? Would Hughes have gassed? Would he have been triangled like Sonnen? If you were coaching GSP against Silva, and created a gameplan to win, would it be much different than the gameplan you'd have for Hughes? I never said he'd win, but I'd have given him better odds than most guys that fought Silva. He definitely wouldn't be 13:1. Hughes was a fucking juggernaut and close to the top - or at the toof most p4p lists.

Bry Bry site profile image  

10/23/12 2:31 PM by Bry Bry

Hughes had a great career, nothing else to prove..

savage043 site profile image  

10/23/12 2:23 PM by savage043

Shut ur face

OnlyTheStrongSurvive site profile image  

10/23/12 1:52 PM by OnlyTheStrongSurvive

This.His career has been underrated when people talk about the best ever.