Matt Hughes

Submitted by on Oct 14, 2015

TRAINING: I lift weights every morning, and then do an intense workout in the evening.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I had seen the UFC but I never really thought I would compete in it. A buddy got me into it and then I started doing some small shows and it led to this. I never thought I would get into it but it seems to be whatever I get into athletically I do pretty well.

What ranks and titles have you held? Two-time UFC World Welterweight Champion. Two-time state champion at Hillsboro High School, a High School All-American, and a four-time collegiate All American at Lincoln Community College and Eastern Illinois University. Middleweight Advanced Champion at the 2002 Grapplers Quest West Championships (2/23/02). Was a coach on the Ultimate Fighter. seasons two and six.

Do you have any heroes? Pat Miletich and Dan Gable.

What is your favorite technique? Any type of grappling.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I’m a competitor, I’m 34 years old, and I still love to compete. Every time I get in that Octagon I have a good time and it will be more than a year before I hang my shoes up and get out of this sport. I just love to compete.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Associate of Arts Degree from Lincoln Community College.

The Matt Hughes Story: His autobiography titled “Made In America,” co-written with Michael Malice, hit No. 21 on the New York Times Bestseller list back in 2008 for hardcover nonfiction.

Personal life. Is a born-again Christian; has a twin brother, Mark

Not done yet: UFC career spans 11 years, dating back to UFC 22 ; was inducted into UFC Hall of Fame in May 2010. Greatest UFC welterweight champion in history, and recorded a record seven title defenses

No black belt: Does not train Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the gi, and does not officially hold a BJJ black belt, but is considered black belt level on the ground, as prior wins over B.J. Penn. Royce Gracie. Ricardo Almeida. Renato Verrisimo, and Carlos Newton indicate

The anti-swagger: His walkout is one of the sport’s best

Physically gifted: Incredibly strong and deceptively athletic, renowned for his trademark slams and the dramatic flair with which he delivers them.

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