Matt Hughes Issues Response to Domestic Violence Accusations

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Matt Hughes has issued a response to domestic violence accusations, and a pair of restraining orders taken out against him by his estranged wife, and twin brother Mark.

A day after news broke that UFC legend Matt Hughes had been hit with restraining orders from his wife and twin brother, the former welterweight champion has issued a response. Taking to Instagram, Hughes released a lengthy statement on Wednesday, referring to himself as a “burden to those around me” and admitting his marriage was not perfect, but denying anything physical took place.

Hughes’ statement, in its entirety, is below:

Since my train accident in June of 2017, my life has been changed forever. Some days have been absolute hell. The challenges and battles that I have faced have been far greater than anything I ever took on in a cage. I am not the same person since my accident, even though, everyday I continue to try to be as normal as someone with a brain injury can be.

I understand that it is not fun to teach a grown man to learn to do everything all over again. 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.

I do not resent those who are trying to hurt me and paint me out to be a monster through these false accusations. I understand now that they are just doing what they need to do in order to rid me of their lives forever so theirs can return to normalcy. I feel awful that my accident turned their world upside-down also.

To those of you who have helped me, supported me, cared for me, and prayed for me- I truly cannot thank you enough. To my supporters who defended me and never believed these untrue, disgraceful reports for a second- thank you.

If there is one silver lining that this accident has revealed, it is the ability to see who my true friends are. To know who are faithful and have never given up on me even when I am at my lowest. Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I do not know where I would be without you. Please keep the prayers coming. God knows I need them.

Following news of abuse allegations from Hughes’ wife, word also broke that Audra Hughes had filed for divorce. Further, Matt’s twin brother Mark had been granted a restraining order following a dispute over a tractor. Hughes has not been charged in relation to any of the allegations thus far.