Biography(references)During his junior and senior years, Matt went undefeated and won back-to-back state championships in the 145 lb class. After Southwestern dropped their wrestling program, Hughes transferred to Lincoln College, where he placed third in the nation, notching a 33–3 record for the Lynx. After graduation Hughes continued wrestling at Eastern Illinois University, where he was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American placing eighth in 1996 and fifth in 1997 at 158 lb. Hughes competed in the prestigious ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, in which he held a record of 2–2, beating Ricardo Almeida and Jeremy Horn, and losing to Jeff Monson and Tito Ortiz.
Fighter Trivia(references)On June 16, 2017, Hughes was hospitalized with a serious head injury after a train struck the passenger side of his truck at a rail crossing near his home in Montgomery County, Illinois. The Foundation, of which Hughes was a board member for five years, provides care for families with brain and spinal cord injuries. His brother Mark Hughes also filed a restraining order against him claiming that Matt choked his son and tried to destroy his tractor.
Awards & Accolades
Free Fight: Matt Hughes vs Matt Serra | UFC 98, 2009
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