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Matt Hughes

1973-10-13 Hillsboro, Illinois

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Matthew Allen Hughes was born on October 13, 1973, in Hillsboro, Illinois. Hughes has two siblings, a sister and his twin brother, Mark. During high school they both played football and wrestling. Hughes went to Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Illinois, before transferring to Lincoln College, in Lincoln, Illinois and then on to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. He is a retired mixed martial artist with a background in wrestling. Widely considered among the greatest fighters in the history of MMA, he is a two-time UFC Welterweight Champion, UFC Hall of Fame inductee, and NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee. During his tenures in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Hughes put together two separate six-fight winning streaks, defeated all the available opposition in the welterweight division, and defended the belt a then-record seven times. Hughes was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in May 2010 during the UFC Fan Expo in conjunction with UFC 114.


UFC Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony Self 2015-07-11
Fighting for a Generation: 20 Years of the UFC Himself 2013-11-05
UFC: Ultimate Matt Hughes 2011-09-20
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage Himself 2011-09-24
UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida Self 2010-11-20
UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen Self 2010-08-07
UFC 112: Invincible Self 2010-04-10
UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida Self 2009-05-23
UFC 85: Bedlam Himself 2008-06-07
UFC 68: The Uprising himself 2007-03-03
UFC 79: Nemesis Himself 2007-12-29
UFC 65: Bad Intentions himself 2006-11-18
UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie Himself 2006-05-27
UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn himself 2006-09-23
UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell II Self 2005-04-16
UFC 56: Full Force Himself 2005-11-19
UFC 50: The War of 04 Self 2004-10-22
UFC 48: Payback Self 2004-06-19
UFC 46: Supernatural Self 2004-01-31
UFC Ultimate Knockouts 2003-08-11
UFC 45: Revolution Self 2003-11-21
UFC 42: Sudden Impact Self 2003-04-25
UFC 36: Worlds Collide Self 2002-03-22
UFC 38: Brawl At The Hall Self 2002-07-13
UFC 40: Vendetta Self 2002-11-22
UFC 34: High Voltage Self 2001-11-02
UFC 26: Ultimate Field Of Dreams Self 2000-06-09
UFC 29: Defense of the Belts Self 2000-12-16
UFC 22: There Can Be Only One Champion Self 1999-09-24
Shooto: 10th Anniversary Event 1999-05-29