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Matt Hughes retires, joins UFC front office as liaison

January 28, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Matt Hughes will no longer compete in the octagon.
Matt Hughes will no longer compete in the octagon. (Associated Press )

Matt Hughes, a two-time UFC welterweight champion, announced his retirement from competition and has joined the organization’s front office as vice president of athlete development.

“Hughes will be an invaluable resource for UFC athletes,” said Lawrence Epstein, the UFC's chief operating officer. “Leveraging the background and expertise he gained over a Hall of Fame career, Hughes will be dedicated to providing guidance on a wide range of issues athletes face inside and outside of the octagon. This includes understanding the heightened social responsibility that comes with being in the public eye, to best practices when dealing with endorsements or managing finances, to the basic daily challenges of staying healthy during training, as well as the need to steer clear of illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs. In addition to his work with UFC athletes, Hughes will engage with state athletic commissions and international federations to provide regulatory insight from the perspective of a professional athlete.”

UFC also announced the creation of athlete guidelines regarding conduct in public and on social-media platforms.

“This is something that the UFC is implementing because they really care about their athletes,” Hughes said. “I’ve experienced ups and downs in my career and found that the UFC has supported me every step of the way. I understand the pressures and responsibilities that go along with being a professional athlete. I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to provide insight and perspective on behalf of athletes and the organization.”

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