Legends like Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell may be retired, but it hasn’t stopped the two from collecting income from their employers as they work behind the scenes. Of course it’s not the same for all legends. Many criticize the organization for not supporting their veterans such as Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz. Of course you can’t forget the animosity between the Zuffa family and those two as Hughes explains.
“The way I look at it, it was their decision. Randy [Couture] sued the UFC, he’s left the UFC so he should know that there’s going to be a little bad blood there from what’s happened. I’m not saying the UFC’s never done anything to Randy, that just comes to mind. Tito [Ortiz], the same way. I think he’s badmouthed the UFC a little bit. I would say [this] about the UFC, if you’re good to them, they’re good to you. Those guys, there’s certain times in their careers, weren’t loyal to the UFC. So now they’re paying the price.”
Of course you could say the same about legends like the Shamrock brothers and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Luckily the outcasts have found a home at Bellator MMA, allowing them to stay involved in the sport they love and helped build.