A restraining order filed by Matt Hughes’ estranged wife, Audra Hughes, details specific incidents of alleged abuse.
According to documents obtained by MMA Junkie, two of the incidents were were instigated by text messages with other women, Audra Hughes said in a handwritten statement. She alleges her husband first became abusive in September or October of 2017. She said he choked her after she wouldn’t give him the keys to his truck.
“I was in the shower and he opened the shower and choked me,” she wrote. “Then he asked for the code to his gun vault and I said, ‘You just choked me. Do you think I’m going to give you the code?’
“He opened the shower door again and started choking me and he smashed my head against the shower and said, ‘This is what choking is!’”
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Matt Hughes, 45, has denied abusing his estranged wife. In a statement released this past Wednesday, he said a traumatic brain injury he suffered in June 2017 was devastating and left him “a burden to those around me.” He asked for prayers from his supporters.
Audra Hughes alleges two other incidents of abuse. She wrote that in July 2018, he told her, “I’m going to (expletive) shoot you!” after she took his cell phone for texting with other women. Five months later, she said she confronted him about texting other women in front of her son, their daughter and her stepfather.
“He hit me,” she wrote. “(My stepfather Alan) said, ‘Don’t lay another finger on her.’ He looked at Alan and grabbed my hand and tried to pull me closer to him. Alan told him to get his phone and leave. Alan and I followed him outside to make sure he didn’t do anything to our vehicles.”
Audra Hughes was granted the restraining order this past December. On Feb. 26, it was extended until May. Matt Hughes filed for divorce five days earlier, citing irreconcilable differences and requesting joint custody of their two children. He is required to stay 500 feet away from his wife and two daughters.
Matt Hughes officially retired from MMA in January 2013 and worked behind the scenes with the UFC until the promotion was sold in 2016. After his truck accident, he underwent extensive physical therapy and made a remarkable recovery. He made his first public appearance at a UFC event in January 2018, when he walked to the octagon to his trademark song, “A Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams Jr.