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Women's Strawweight Division



Sam Hughes

Women's Strawweight Division

8-6-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Sam Hughes

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Learn more about Sam Hughes' UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Davenport, United States
Trains at
Fortis MMA
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Dec. 12, 2020
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2019

  • Three first round finishes

  • Has won three of her last five

  • Three wins by submission (Guillotine, armbar, RNC), two by TKO

  • Origin of nickname: “It was given to me by my coach and Rick Little.” 

UFC Fight Night (2/24/24) Hughes lost a three round unanimous decision to Yazmin Jauregui 

UFC 287 (4/8/23) Hughes won a three round unanimous decision over Jaqueline Amorim 

UFC Fight Night (10/15/22) Hughes lost a three round unanimous decision to Piera Rodriguez 

UFC Fight Night (5/21/22) Hughes stopped Elise Reed via strikes at 3:52 of the third round

UFC on ESPN (4/16/22) Hughes won a three round majority decision over Istela Nunes

UFC Fight Night (11/20/21) Hughes lost a three round unanimous decision to Luana Pinheiro

UFC on ESPN (5/1/21) Hughes lost a three round unanimous decision to Loma Lookboonmee

UFC 256 (12/12/20) Hughes lost via TKO (corner stoppage) to Tecia Torres at 5:00 of the first round

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started back in 2015 when I moved to Everett, WA. I wanted to train and compete in something after I graduated college and competed in D1 NCAA cross country and track and field. 

What ranks and titles have you held? Blue belt in BJJ 

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? This is my dream, something I’ve sacrificed so much for in the past five years. I didn’t know this day was coming so soon, but I am so excited and honored to be a part of this organization.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes. I went to Wofford College and received a double major in Accounting and Finance then went to the University of South Carolina to get my master’s degree in Sports Management. 

What was your job before you started fighting? Business Analyst 

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Undefeated kickboxer, I hold five title belts as an amateur. 

Favorite grappling technique: Head and arm triangle

Favorite Striking technique: Jab