Matthew Allen Hughes; kind of October 13, 1973, Hillsboro – American mixed martial arts fighter, two-time UFC welterweight champion, member of the UFC Hall of Fame, second in the UFC in terms of welterweight champion title (7) (Georges Saint-Pierre held the title 8 times), the number of battles won and won in the “octagon” (24 and 18, respectively).
Matt was born and grew up in Hillsboro, a small town with a population of 4,500 people, which is located in the south, in central Illinois. As teenagers, he and his twin brother Mark spent most of their time on the farm, playing and assimilating the importance of hard work. Matt often recalls how his father took him “volunteer” to help friends on their farm, and still remembers the principle that his father approved in the house: “you can not use someone else’s misfortune.” At that time, Mark and Matt’s participation in the sport was very limited at school. In fact, their sports career at school included only participation in interschool wrestling tournaments (if you want to know, Mark defeated Matt), and crosscountry a couple of times a week. In the fall and spring, the Hughes boys had to be helped on the farm, and therefore they had to change their sneakers for work boots when the spring planting season began.
While studying at Hillsboro School, the twins both played football and fought. Matt and Mark both played as a defender and midfielder for the Toppers team. In Matt’s last year, he ran over 800 yards when he and his brother Mark received the All-Conference Award. However, it was on the wrestling mat that both young men found their home. Matt was selected for the state as a freshman (in weight up to 135 pounds) in the wrestling team, since then for 4 years he participated in the Illinois Wrestling Championship.
In junior and high school, Matt remained unbeaten and won one after another state championships, in weight up to 145 pounds. He earned a terrific record for the last three years of school performances. During these three years, he won 131 victories and only lost 2 times, he suffered both defeats while studying in the second year (second course 43-2; third course 43-0, last course 45-0). His twin brother, Mark, at the same time, he made a name for himself, becoming the second wrestler of the state during his studies. Hughes also led the Hillsborough wrestling team to fourth place three times.
Not sure what to do after receiving a certificate, both brothers studied at Belleville College District (EAC) for a year. After completing your first year at EAC, wrestling was excluded from university sports, and the twins continued their wrestling career at Lincoln College. Despite the change of seats, the result was the same, Matt received the status of All-American league wrestler in the junior league, speaking for both Belleville College and Lincoln College. Matt took 5th place in weight up to 158 pounds as a newcomer, and third place in the same weight category a year later, and his brother Mark also won the honor of becoming an All-American fighter, taking 5th place in weight up to 149 pounds.
After the second year, Matt accepted an offer to enroll at East Illinois University (EIU) in Charleston, Illinois. Matt’s adaptation to the level of athletes of Division I did not take long when he received All-american status, taking 8th place, in his first year at EIU. After that, he took 5th place in the NCAA DI Championship, making it four to four. That is, all four years when he fought for college, he was honored with All-American awards.
When his student years ended, Matt became an assistant wrestling coach at Eastern University, and also worked as an electrician apprentice. It was in 1996, when a friend, Chris Dwyer, suggested Matt to fight in a small show at Madonna Graduate School, in the Chicagoland area. Matt won his first fight, earning $ 100. Matt’s second fight took place a year later, when he took part in the same show. After the second victory, he teamed up with manager Monte Cox. It was a time when battles became more widespread, and, after six battles in the United States, Matt began to travel abroad. Since then, Matt has performed in Japan, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Great Britain, as well as from coast to coast and in Hawaii, in his home country.
It’s no secret that Matt got the biggest opportunity to prove himself in the octagon at UFC 34 when he entered the arena against world champion Carlos Newton. Hughes took full advantage of this opportunity by knocking out Newton and winning an unexpected victory; getting a belt for the first time and the title of UFC Welterweight Champion.
In 2004, Matt lost and regained the UFC title, however, it was a time when the greatest changes occurred in his life. After losing BJ Penn, he began attending church with his longtime girlfriend and fiancé, Odra Moore. Church visits were not new to Matt, but this was a time when they became permanent. He and his brother grew up attending church with his mother, but during school visits, these visits stopped. Almost at the same time, Mark and his wife, Emily, began searching for a church for their family. And although it was unplanned, both brothers began to attend the same church. Soon after, Mark Hughes dedicated his life to Jesus and was baptized. Matt married Audra on July 9, and diligently seeks answers to many spiritual questions.
During a poker game at a family farm, he was asked if he would not like to be part of a youth group in a trip to a Mexican orphanage called Rancho 3M, with an auxiliary mission. He and his brother decided on this trip that evening, although Matt later admitted that he decided to go there not because of God, but rather because he likes hard work, he loves helping people and spending time with new friends from the church. Needless to say, God had other plans.
Matt retired in 2011. Since that time have been a lot of matt hughes news that have been about his behaviour outside the sport. One good example is that in june 2017 A member of the UFC Hall of Fame, Matt Hughes, who completed his professional career in 2011, was seriously injured and was urgently hospitalized after the car under his control fell on a train crossing.
The incident occurred in Richmond, Illinois. According to the police report, at 10:45 am, Hughes’s pickup truck approached the crossing marked with warning signs and crossed it directly in front of the train, which crashed into the passenger side of the car. After that, the ex-UFC welterweight champion was unconsciously taken by helicopter to the hospital in Springfield.
Later, the former manager of Hughes, Monte Cox, said in an interview with sports commentator Ariel Helvani that a few hours after being hospitalized, Hughes “wake up and react.”
Another news was about his family.
According to available information, Hughes’ wife, Audra, filed for divorce after a former fighter struck her in front of two children. The reason for the conflict between the spouses allegedly served as text messages that Hughes sent to other women. In addition, Audra Hughes claims that her husband strangled her several times when she hid her car keys and a safe with a weapon from him, and once smashed her head against a wall. During the last conflict, Hughes not only hit his wife, but promised to shoot her.
As for the twin brother, Mark Hughes, the cause of their conflict was a tractor that Matt allegedly took from his 15-year-old son Mark, saying that he belongs to him. Later, Mark Hughes found a tractor in the field, doused with gasoline, and believed that his brother wanted to destroy it.
Matt Hughes, who received an injunction against his wife, children and twin brother, claims that the family brought charges against him and decided to get rid of the burden he had become after the June 2017 car accident.
About this, Hughes said in an official statement published on Instagram.
“Since I got into an accident in June 2017, my life has changed forever,” reads the statement of the former UFC champion. “Some days were absolute hell. Challenges and battles that I faced, do not go to any comparison with those battles that I spent in a cage. I’m not the same person that was before the accident, although every day I try to be as normal as a person with a brain injury can be ”
“I understand that there is nothing interesting in re-teaching an adult person basic things. I understand what has become a heavy burden for others. I understand that I bring great inconvenience to my family. Unfortunately, my marriage was far from ideal long before the accident, but I have never in my life inflicted or inflicted physical pain on those who are more important to me than anything else. ”
“I do not hold resentment at those who are trying to hurt me and trying to make me a monster in the eyes of others. I understand that they do this in order to get rid of me and return to normal life. I feel terrible because my accident turned their world upside down ”
“Those of you who helped me, supported me, cared for me, and prayed for me, I would never thank them. Many thanks to my supporters, who for a second did not believe in these false accusations. ”
“The only plus in this accident is that now I see who my real friends are. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I do not know what I would do without you. Keep praying. The Lord knows that I need it. ”