Matt Hughes will complete his current contract with the UFC when he faces Josh Koscheck at UFC 135, but the former welterweight champion said Monday that the result of Saturday’s co-main event won’t determine whether he keeps fighting.
“The outcome of this fight doesn’t really matter, to be honest,” Hughes said during a UFC 135 media call. “After this fight, win or lose, I’ll talk to the UFC and we’ll figure out what we’re gonna do. My wife tells me I’m done fighting.”
Hughes (46-8) scored three-straight wins before suffering a 21-second knockout to BJ Penn in November, but is taking it one fight at a time as the competition has kept him from calling it a career.
“It’s competition. That’s what drives the top athletes in the UFC. They love getting in there against one other person and mixing it up,” Hughes said. “The fact that it’s just me and one other person competing in there, that’s my drive. I love going to the gym every day, twice a day. I love traveling with my buddies. All in all, it’s a great lifestyle.”
Hughes will face a late-replacement, but top-level opponent in Koscheck, who replaced an injured Diego Sanchez to make his return to the Octagon nine months after suffering a broken orbital in a loss to welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.