Matt Hughes’ wife details alleged domestic abuse in court filing

March 6, 2019

Disturbing details are emerging from a Verified Petition for Order of Protection filed by the wife of UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes stemming from allegations of domestic violence.  Hughes’ wife, Audra Hughes, claims that the former UFC champion physically hit her.

The petition filed in Hillsboro, Illinois states that Hughes hit his wife in front of his children and his father-in-law.  On another occasion, he allegedly threatened to shoot her.  And in another occasion, Hughes choked his wife in the shower after he prevented her from driving.

The details, obtained by MMA Junkie, indicate that Audra believed that Hughes was communicating with other women.

Hughes has denied the claims in the petition which was granted in December 2018.  It was extended in February to May 2019.  Hughes filed for divorce in February.

Hughes was the victim of tractor accident in June 2017 and suffered life-threatening injuries.  He returned to the UFC to make an appearance in January 2018 when the UFC visited St. Louis.

The circumstances behind the restraining order and filing for divorce are disappointing for what was (from the outsider) was a great story of Hughes returning from a near-death accident.  However, the allegations show another side of the Hall of Famer and very concerning for Hughes and his family.

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