The legendary MMA fighters were recently among another group of employees laid off by new owners, WME-IMG, MMA Fighting has confirmed. According to multiple sources, approximately 10-15 employees were let go this week.
None more famous than Liddell and Hughes, though.
Liddell, considered one of the greatest light-heavyweight champions ever, retired from the sport in 2010 following his third-straight knockout loss. He was subsequently named UFC executive vice president of business development.
In addition to being one of the greatest fighters to ever compete in the UFC, Liddell is a long-time personal friend of UFC president Dana White.
As is Hughes, also considered to be one of the greatest champions (welterweight) in the sport's history. Hughes retired from the sport in 2013 following two knockout losses in a row and promptly accepted a position within the company as vice president of athlete development and government relations.
"The UFC has been great to me," Hughes told MMA Fighting Friday night. "Times change, and I understand the decision that was made. I will move on. My family and I are fine.
"I do love adventure, and who knows what's next for me."
Liddell couldn't be reached for comment when contacted by MMA Fighitng.
The recent layoffs come a little over a month after the company fired approximately 70-80 employees, including some of its top executives.