Hughes is a member of a bygone era, back when the UFC title holder was sometimes paid in farm equipment, and when a guy could euthanize a pesky bobcat without being dragged by Dan Hardy before a social media tribunal as a war criminal. But those good old days, when a boy would ask permission before he left the table after a nice country breakfast, they’re over.
We live in a warzone now. An asphalt wasteland, where a man can’t even mediate a harmless media appearance without urinating all over his man card in front of millions of Twitter users.
In the aftermath of this year’s Strikeforce Brawl, a hero steps down from the cab of his John Deere 9500 combine to give us a touch of good country advice from his front porch computer.
<center><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p><a href=”https://twitter.com/dc_mma”>@dc_mma</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/JonnyBones”>@JonnyBones</a> Chances are you 2 will not read this but what you've done is bad for the sport. I would stop talking about it.</p>— Matt Hughes (@matthughes9x) <a href=”https://twitter.com/matthughes9x/statuses/496386507385483264″>August 4, 2014</a></blockquote>
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There is a famous children’s story about a farmer who came across an eagle trapped in a snare. His first inclination was to beat the bird to death with a stick. But he noticed how beautiful it was. So he lifted the majestic bird above his head and cut it free. Weeks later, the farmer was sitting on a stone wall. The eagle, noticing the stones were loose, swooped down and grabbed the farmer’s hat. The farmer jumped off the wall just as it collapsed. He said, “Thank you, beautiful friend. I saved you from a snare and you saved me from a wall. Friends for life, I think.”
The moral of the story is that a farmer’s first inclination is to kill anything he sees. But you can thank God that Hughes appreciates the beauty of this fight enough to cut you out of that Twitter snare you’re getting yourself in. Now shut up before he changes his mind and goes Browning Medallion XBolt on your asses.