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Matt Hughes

Matt "K1" Hughes is a retired two-time former UFC welterweight champion and a UFC Hall of Famer. He is one of the few men to have defeated Georges St. Pierre and in turn received two defeats at the hands of St. Pierre.

He won his most recent fight against the debuting Renzo Gracie via TKO (leg kicks and punches). He then defeated Gracie's pupil, Ricardo Almeida, dropping him with a left hook before choking him unconscious with a tight anaconda choke. Around this time, fans began to call him 'K-1 Hughes'.

Hughes next fought a rubber match against former welterweight and lightweight champion B.J. Penn. Just over half a minute into the round, Penn dropped Hughes with a right hand before finishing the unconscious former champion with punches on the mat, grabbing his second win in the rubber match and proving he was the better man. Hughes contemplated retirement afterwards.

He was next set to face the relentless Diego Sanchez. Unfortunately, Sanchez was forced to pull out with an injury mere weeks before the bout was scheduled to take place. He was replaced on very short notice by former contender Josh Koscheck. Koscheck knocked Hughes unconscious with one second left in the first round. In the post-fight interview, Hughes stated that he would not retire and he would see what happened.

Former British contender Dan Hardy next called out Hughes, who was still contemplating retirement during his long hiatus after the Koscheck fight. After about a year of contemplation, Hughes retired from mixed martial arts in the fall of 2012.

Hughes officially retired towards the end of January 2013 and was given a job in the UFC -- similar to Chuck Liddell -- as the Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations.

Over a year later towards the end of February 2014 Hughes exchanged words with fellow former UFC welterweight champion and former rival Matt Serra. The two both said they'd be willing to come out of retirement for a rematch closer to the summer of 2014.

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