Matt Hughes talks about fighters ‘getting a little softer’ and of course, hunting

MMA Math tells us that if you want to have a UFC Hall of Fame-worthy career, your best bet is to grow up on a farm then meet a Croatian dude and train with him in his stinky gym. Few can’t come out of that situation a champion. Imagine what anarchy will come to MMA Math when time travel is invented? We know this: 1998-2004 Pat Miletich makes a killing when we discover a way to go back in time to train with the murderer’s row in his gym. Time travel and the singularity are the greatest enemies to sporting, luckily for now we have an old-school guy like Hughes around to keep us in check.

I think we’re going to have to get Matt Hughes on the red MiddleEasy phone soon, especially so close to the presidential election. Say what you will about what he says, you have to respect the fact that Matt Hughes speaks his mind, and that makes for some interesting conversation. In his latest comment-generating interview with Ariel Helwani on the MMA hour, Hughes went there and questioned why fighters these days are getting hurt so often, then talked about his right to hunt. Thumbing up and down will commence.

“I haven’t figured out why there’s been more injuries now than when we were going. You know, eight years ago — boy, that’s a big number — we were training everyday, and we were training hard. We just didn’t get injuries, and I don’t know why.

“I would have to say that people are making decisions a little differently than we used to. I don’t ever remember coming into a fight 100-percent. After a fight was over, my bumps and bruises came from training. If I trained properly, typically the fight went pretty easy. I always thought the guys in my practice room were tougher than my opponents. But we had a great room. And so, I do think some of these guys are getting a little softer, to where, hey, if they’re not 100-percent, they’re just going to call off the fight. There’s been several fights, and I think Chuck Liddell would say the same thing, several fights where you’re not 100-percent. You’re just not 100-percent. And these guys today have to be 100-percent or they’re not going to compete.”

“They can think whatever they want. But as far as, by the law, I’m right. You can’t see anything in the Bible [that says I’m wrong]. By the law and by the Bible, I’ve not done anything wrong. And if I haven’t conflicted with either one of those, I can live my life the way I want to. That’s my answer.

“When you go to Africa, I had to pay to shoot these animals. But, when you kill an animal, you get the hide and the horns. All the meat stays with the outfitter and it feeds the people there. So I wasn’t entitled to any of the meat.”

“I shot six animals: kudu, gemsbok, eland, red hartebeest, black wildebeest, blue wildebeest. [My son] shot a kudu, gemsbok, zebra, impala, and bushbuck. So, we had a great time. It was a great bonding moment. He’s 13 years old, so of course he’s never going to forget this. And he can’t wait to go back to Africa sometime.”

You should click here to read (or watch) the rest of the interview. It’s a good one.


Published on October 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm
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