Matt Hughes is widely regarded as one of the GOATs of MMA. While his recent actions off the octagon have been questionable, his UFC career is something that will be celebrated forever. Hughes was a two - time UFC welterweight champion with a whopping five successful defences during his first reign and two during his second reign.
His bout with Frank Trigg for the welterweight title is considered a classic. UFC president, Dana White certainly thinks that the bout was the greatest he’s ever been to -
"Tons of trash-talk and back and forth between these two to the point where in the face-off, Trigg walks out and literally touches Matt's face with his face. And Hughes pushes him backwards."
"The greatest fight I have ever seen, ever been to. It was my favourite fight ever."
In his illustrious career, he’s had wins over BJ Penn, GSP, Matt Serra and Royce Gracie to name a few. Not bad for someone who was criticized for being a one - dimensional fighter.
In 2017, four years after his retirement from the octagon, Hughes’ life changed for the worse. He suffered a serious head injury as his truck collided with a train at a rail crossing. A couple of days later, Hughes’ family shared the following update -
“Matt is stable and has no broken bones or internal injuries. He has some minor lacerations and bruising and is currently being weaned from his ventilator. He is not yet awake and not responding as we would like to see but we see the fight in him”
Matt made it through and made his public appearances at a UFC event in January 2018 as a guest of honour.
Who is Matt Hughes' wife, Audra Moore-Hughes?
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Born in the United States of America, Audra is the wife of UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes. Details about her date of birth, education, childhood are not public.
Audra and Matt were in a long term relationship before getting married on 9th July 2004. The vows were exchanged in a private ceremony in front of their loved ones.
Did Matt Hughes' wife file a restraining order against him?
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Yes, Audra filed a restraining order against Hughes in 2019. She accused the former welterweight champion of domestic violence. In a document obtained by MMA Junkie, Audra mentioned two cases where she was physically abused by Hughes -
(incident in 2017)
“I was in the shower and he opened the shower and choked me,” she wrote. “Then he asked for the code to his gun vault and I said, ‘You just choked me. Do you think I’m going to give you the code?’ “He opened the shower door again and started choking me and he smashed my head against the shower and said, ‘This is what choking is!'”
(incident in 2018)
“I’m going to (expletive) shoot you!” Hughes to Audrey after she took his phone for texting other women He hit me,” she wrote. “(My stepfather Alan) said, ‘Don’t lay another finger on her."
She then filed for a divorce, but whether the couple separated or not is still unknown.
Hughes denied all the allegations of physical violence in a statement via Instagram -
“ I understand that I am a burden to those around me. I understand that I am an inconvenience to my family. Unfortunately, my marriage was not perfect long before the accident, but NEVER, NEVER, NEVER would I, or have I, physically hurt those who I care about most.”
During that period, Matt’s brother Mark also filed a restraining order against him, as he claimed that Matt had tried to choke his son. Their case was settled later.