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MMA Hall of Fame: Matt Hughes

Written on February 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In this week's edition of MMA Hall of Fame, Fighting Insider is featuring the UFC Champion who is made in America -- Matt Hughes.

Born as Matthew Allen Hughes on October 13, 1973, is a two-time UFC welterweight champion who has put together two separate six-fight winning streaks. In addition to this, he also defended his championship belt seven times and holds the record of most wins with 18 in the UFC. Garnering the most number of UFC fights with 24, was inducted as a member of the UFC Hall of Fame on May of last year.

Born in Hillsboro, Illinois, Matt Hughes went at Southwestern Illinois College before transferring to Lincoln College. After that, he moved to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. During Matt Hughes’ freshman and sophomore years, he joined the NJCAA All-American Team, and spent his last two years in college with NCAA Division I All-American Team.

Matt Hughes also has an autobiography entitled Made in America: The Most Dominant Champion in UFC History.


Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC Welterweight Championship (Two times)
Submission of the Night (Five times)
Fight of the Night (Two time)
UFC Hall of Fame
Most wins in the UFC (Eighteen)
2 separate six-fight win streaks in the UFC
Defeated all but one (Pat Miletich) of the other UFC Welterweight Champions
UFC title defenses (Seven)

Black Belt Magazine

2006 NHB Fighter of the Year [1]


2× NJCAA All-American Team
Middleweight Advanced Champion at the 2002 Grapplers Quest West Championships (2/23/02)
2× NCAA Division I All-American Team


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