All good things must come to an end.
Can you blame him? It can't be easy for a guy who once successfully defended his belt five times in a row to hang up the gloves, once and for all.
In his post-fight interview with color commentator Joe Rogan, Hughes (appearing to hold back tears) had the following to say:
"I'm not retiring. I'm going to tell the UFC to put me up on the shelf and we'll see what happens after that. I love the crowd support, had a great training camp."
Hughes satisfied the last fight on his contract this evening. And said leading up to tonight that he does not intend to sign a multi-fight extension. Perhaps he's looking for one, maybe two more fights, which will allow him end his legendary mixed martial arts (MMA) career on a winning note.
Either way, he didn't make a knee-jerk, emotional announcement, opting to instead let the cobwebs clear and the dust settle until he, along with the UFC and his family, can make a decision together about his future fight career ... or the conclusion of it.
Hughes' opponent, Koscheck, was gracious in victory. He was complimentary of the man whose career he very well may have brought to an end. He also talked a little bit about his strategy during the fight.
"Matt Hughes is a classy guy. I didn't know what Matt's game plan was going to be. I dropped him with a right hand, and when he fell I didn't want to let him out so I went in for the kill."
MMAmania.com will keep you posted on Hughes and his decision to either call it quits or keep on truckin'.
So, Maniacs? Should America's favorite "Country Boy" call it a day or do you think he's still got some fuel left in the tractor?