Brandon Mills is set to follow in the footsteps of his famous father.
The 21-year-old son of UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes is set to make his professional MMA debut at Caged Aggression 36: Bad Blood Night 2 in Iowa on October 14.
Mills, who competes at featherweight, went 4-0 as an amateur.
From June 2021 to April 2023, he picked up three wins by rear-naked choke submissions and his fourth victory came by a unanimous decision.
The young prospect trains with the likes of Jorge Masvidal and Dustin Poirier at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida – he also has a former two-time champion in his corner.
At the peak of his powers, Hughes was the best welterweight in MMA.
The 49-year-old held UFC gold at 170lbs twice during his glittering career which included high-profile wins over Frank Trigg, Royce Gracie, BJ Penn, and Matt Serra.
However, he is most remembered for being the first man to beat Georges St-Pierre before the Canadian MMA superstar went on to become arguably the greatest fighter of all time.
GSP put his 7-0 record on the line when he squared off against Hughes for the vacant welterweight title at UFC 50 in October 2004, but he came unstuck against his toughest opponent to date.
Hughes locked up an armbar submission at the end of round one and gave St-Pierre his first taste of defeat on the biggest stage possible.
Four wins later, Hughes was booked to rematch ‘Rush’ only this time he was stopped by a rising superstar who followed a head kick with strikes to get the finish in round two.
St-Pierre suffered a shock knockout loss to Matt Serra in his first defence but he avenged that defeat in 2008, a year after he proved he was the better man by beating Hughes for a second time at UFC 75.
The 42-year-old never lost again, and he ended his career on a 13-fight win streak after beating every man he ever fought and adding a UFC middleweight title to his collection.
Like Hughes, he was also inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame after retiring.
St-Pierre is set to return for a grappling bout in December, but Hughes won’t be making a comeback as he can now live vicariously through his fighter son.