A first round submission win over Ricardo Almeida suggests that rumors of Matt Hughes demise have been greatly exaggerated, and the elated former champion told MMAfighting’s Ariel Helwani after the fight that he’s enjoying himself to much to consider retiring.

“I tell you, what’s in it for me is that I have a good time going to the gym everyday,” he said.  “I have a good time doing the training, I have a good time with my partners and I have a good time in the octagon.  So I mean, why would I stop.”

After securing his second win in 2010 it appears that Hughes is now looking to take the rest of the year away from the octagon.

“I’ve got a lot of hunting to do in the fall,” said Hughes, clearly relishing the prospect.  “That’s my passion and come next year I’ll talk to the UFC and we’ll figure something out.”

As for who he’d like to face next, Hughes clearly isn’t thinking about it too deeply at this stage.

“I have no idea.  I’m still celebrating my victory I just had so I’m not worried about who’s next.  I got a lot of things to do this fall so whoever’s next for me is not even on my mind right now.”

Hughes wouldn’t be drawn on whether he felt he had another title run left in him, but he was willing to give one definitive statement to end the interview.

“I’m telling you that I’m not done fighting in the UFC yet,” he said with conviction.

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