After the bout, which marked his second loss in a row, Hughes didn't quite commit to retirement, but stated he would be on the shelf for a long while and would only come back if the UFC felt they needed him to compete.
And now, the UFC Hall of Famer is ready.
"I want to fight again, my wife tells me I'm going to retire, so Dana is the deciding vote. We will talk to him and see what happens. I'd like to talk to him tonight, but I have not seen him yet. I don't know yet to be honest. I think Dana can be the final decision-maker. My wife is a great lady, but she is not going to tell me when Matt Hughes retires. I'm just hoping I can fight next, we will see what happens. I am not scouting any one out, I'm just hoping the opportunity is till there for me. As soon as this old body can get back into shape I'd love to jump back in there, so, that's another that he'll (White) answer for me."
After ruling the UFC welterweight division for years, Hughes feels he still has enough to get back inside the Octagon and go toe-to toe with the rest of the 170-pound field.
However, after competing for so many years and doing pretty much all you can do in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), is it wise for Hughes to return to action and risk another loss? And would that tarnish his legacy?
One thing is for sure: should Dana White give Hughes the green light to return to action, it will be interesting to see just who he and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva put the country boy up against.