This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Matt Hughes Turns 43

By Brian Knapp Oct 6, 2016

The most dominant welterweight in the sport for the better part of five years, two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholder Matt Hughes will celebrate his 43rd birthday on Oct. 13.

Hughes was a two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Eastern Illinois University before transitioning to mixed martial arts. The Hillsboro, Illinois, native made his MMA debut on Jan. 1, 1998 and went on to enjoy unprecedented success at 170 pounds. Hughes anchored the powerhouse Miletich Fighting Systems camp that included Tim Sylvia, Jens Pulver, Spencer Fisher and Robbie Lawler. He closed out his career with a 45-9 record, having delivered 35 of his wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission. Victories over B.J. Penn, Georges St. Pierre, Matt Serra, Royce Gracie, Ricardo Almeida, Sean Sherk, Hayato Sakurai and Carlos Newton (twice) highlight his resume.

Hughes was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on May 29, 2010. He still ranks third on the promotion’s all-time list in career wins (18) and fifth in appearances (25).

Others in MMA celebrating a birthday during the month of October:

OCT. 1

Helio Gracie (1913-2009)
Devin Cole (40)
Jerrod Sanders (36)
Ryan LaFlare (33)

OCT. 2

David Heath (40)
Takayo Hashi (39)
Ed Herman (36)

OCT. 3

Thiago Alves (33)
Leo Kuntz (33)
Dave Herman (32)
Seok Mo Kim (30)
Sirwan Kakai (27)

OCT. 4

Milton Vieira (38)
Josh Burkman (36)
Liam McGeary (34)
Alexis Davis (32)
Ralek Gracie (31)
Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (31)
Andrew Bard (29)
Erik Koch (28)
Michinori Tanaka (26)

OCT. 5

Hiromitsu Kanehara (46)
Rich Franklin (42)
Matt Hamill (40)

OCT. 6

Olly Bradstreet (33)
Brett Martinez (30)
Masio Fullen (29)
Yair Rodriguez (24)

OCT. 7

Akihiro Gono (42)
Kyacey Uscola (35)
Chris Mickle (33)
Yuta Sasaki (27)

OCT. 8

Siala-Mou Siliga (46)
Ryo Chonan (40)
Francisco Rivera (35)
Will Brooks (30)

OCT. 9

“Judo” Gene LeBell (84)
Josh Diekmann (40)
Luis Palomino (36)
Jorge Santiago (36)
Blagoy Ivanov (30)

OCT. 10

Brad Mitchell (42)
Brandon Vera (39)
Douglas Evans (36)
Terry Martin (36)
Doo Won Seo (35)
Carla Esparza (29)
Jordan Mein (27)

OCT. 11

Francis Carmont (35)
Dave Burrow (25)

OCT. 12

Fred Ettish (61)
“Big” John McCarthy (54)
Wes Sims (37)
Jason High (35)
Bashir Ahmad (34)
Ronnie Mann (30)
Omari Akhmedov (29)
Kyoji Horiguchi (26)

OCT. 13

Matt Hughes (43)
Bryan Baker (31)
John Albert (30)

OCT. 14

Kathina Catron (31)
Tony Sims (31)
Jim Alers (30)
Josh Grispi (28)

OCT. 15

Art Arciniega (35)
Jacob Draves (34)
Vaughan Lee (34)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (31)

OCT. 16

Kazuyuki Fujita (46)
Frankie Edgar (35)
Maximo Blanco (33)

OCT. 17

Joey Villasenor (41)
Rex Richards (36)
Holly Holm (35)
Ben Rothwell (35)
Buddy Roberts (34)
Luke Rockhold (32)
Edimilson Souza (32)
Charles Oliveira (27)

OCT. 18

Stoney Hale (37)
Jorina Baars (28)

OCT. 19

Yukiko Seki (46)
Gilbert Smith (35)
Terry Etim (31)
Drew Dober (28)
Sabah Homasi (28)
Sean Powers (27)

OCT. 20

John Fraser (39)
Paul Redmond (30)

OCT. 21

Clint Godfrey (34)
Shawn Jordan (32)
Lowen Tynanes (26)

OCT. 22

Ajlin Ahmic (32)
Kosuke Suzuki (32)
Rin Nakai (30)
Amanda Bobby Cooper (25)

OCT. 23

Jason Butcher (32)
Jeremy May (30)
Adam Piccolotti (28)

OCT. 24

Orlando Wiet (51)
David Mitchell (37)
James McSweeney (36)
Mark Bocek (35)
Jesse Forbes (32)
Kelvin Gastelum (25)
James Gallagher (20)

OCT. 25

Eric Davila (40)
Jeremiah O’Neal (39)
Keith Wisniewski (35)
Augusto Montano (32)
Danielle Taylor (27)

OCT. 26

Alejandro Villalobos (38)
Seth Baczynski (35)
Cindy Dandois (32)
Rafael dos Anjos (32)

OCT. 27

Semmy Schilt (43)
Sherron Leggett (38)
Misaki Takimoto (36) Julio Arce (27)

OCT. 28

Jigoro Kano (1860-1938)
Bobby Hoffman (50)
Alex Chambers (38)
Glover Teixeira (37)
L.C. Davis (36)
Will Noland (36)

OCT. 29

Will Kerr (34)
Jason Langellier (33)
Antonio Braga Neto (29)
Matthew Lozano (28)

OCT. 30

Hong Man Choi (36)
Katsunori Kikuno (35)
Ed West (33)

OCT. 31

Keith Jardine (41)
Joe Warren (40)
Daniel Kelly (39)
Waylon Lowe (36)
Yoshiro Maeda (35)
Myles Jury (28)

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