No surprise, and no shame. Hughes made bank and spends it wisely, and while he definitely had a disproportionate number of KOs in his last ~10 fights, he went out relatively healthy.
There's no doubt his time was limited after the 2nd GSP fight - he was behind the skill curve of the new generation and didn't have the time to diversify his game - but he was on top for a long while and, speaking personally, factored into my introduction to MMA.
I was at some pizza joint, finishing up my meal while catching up with a former co-worker, when a best UFC fights of the year special caught my eye. It was that crazy Hughes/Trigg fight in which Trigg caught Hughes, took his back, nearly choked him out, then got reversed, slammed, and RNCed instead. I thought then that there might be something to this sport, and I didn't know how right I was.
The most memorable recent fight of his, to me, was when he clipped another old school standout in Ricardo Almeida with a nice punch, then snuck in a deep front choke. Even though he was in his final stretch, he showed us something new from him while capping it off with classic Hughes grappling.Here's to one of the greats