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Random Rant: Self-righteous Hughes still at it

There was a point in time where I defended Matt Hughes while others ripped him. That point ended a few months ago as I continually lose more and more respect for the guy.

While I consider him to be one of the sport’s greatest fighters, I also consider him to be one of its biggest hypocrite. He continually passes judgment on others while ignoring his own actions.

My latest beef has to do with Hughes’ self-righteous antics regarding the injury misfortunes of other fighters.


  • Joedaddy says:

    Hughes was not the only one to question Arroyo! And talk about backstabbers look no further the Matt talk behind you back Serra! And you say Hughes takes out his hate for Serra on the fighters look at Serra talking crap about Tommy before his fight with Ben. At least Hughes is consistent Serra is a smile in your face talk behind you back guy. And people think he is stand our that is a joke!

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    Matt Hughes has been a gentlemen in the way he has dealt with Serra. All through the TUF program Serra has indulged in one profanity-laced diatribe after another about Hughes. After running his mouth about how much he wants to fight Hughes, Serra bows out due to injury. Despite Serra’s personal attacks, Hughes simply states that he had bulging discs in a prior fight and knows that disc injuries are serious. What’s he supposed to do, shake his hand and tell what a swell guy he is? Frankly, Serra should change his nickname from “Matt the Terror” to “Matt the Mouth.” He’s a windbag who had one of the all time lucky punch wins to beat GSP. No way he does that twice. As for Arroyo, if you choose not to fight people will comment, especially those who have fought despite injuries, thereby earning the right. Finally, why are Hughes’ religious beliefs even an issue? Are you suggesting that he’d be a better representative for MMA if drank or dated a porn star like Tito?

  • Evan says:

    I guess you would rather fighters have no opinions and speak in generic terms like NFL or MLB players?

    Forget that…how often do you hear them say anything interesting?

    Keep it coming Matt!

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    It’s always entertaining to listen to guys talk trash. It’s more entertaining in MMA to watch them back it up. If they don’t, they come off like clowns. Since Serra isn’t going to fight Hughes, and probably never will, he’s the one with the floppy shoes and big red nose.

  • Evan says:


    I never understand why people get upset when a fighter is a jerk. Where not playing cricket here folks. These guys are smashing each other to pieces when they’re not busy trying to twist each others bones in the wrong direction.

  • Mike Wolfe says:


    No. Is there something on a site somewhere?

  • Freedom says:

    its was all over the forums… one of the reasons he left MFS.

  • Evan says:

    I see what Freedom said…weird.

  • Evan says:


    I meant “I can’t see what Freedom said…”

    sorry IE crashed to I re-typed the reply fast…

  • Sam Caplan says:

    I had to take it down because it was a potentially libelous statement that could have gotten me sued. Sorry, but I can’t afford a lawsuit at the moment.

  • Asa says:

    I’m trying to follow the comments here but it seems like one of Freedom’s is missing.

  • Evan says:

    Ah ok…I know what he said then. Yeah I don’t blame you Sam.

  • Evan says:

    But Sam back to what I asked, would you rather these guys turn into generic drones because they are scared the media will jump on them?

    Let the chaos roll! Another reason why MMA is greatness.

  • Freedom says:

    sorry abt that Sam, did not mean to get you into trouble.

  • E says:

    Honestly, has either of the Matts come across as anything but a hypocrite this season? Perhaps it’s just my bias, but both of them appear to be hypocrites and windbags (though with their own idiosyncrasies).

    Personally I don’t enjoy trash talking. Obviously to each their own, but I pay to see these athletes compete in this specific athletic forum, not to see who would win in a debate.

  • Zack says:

    I became a huge Serra fan after this season. He seems like a great guy who really cares about all the fighters as individuals. I didn’t see any of that from Captain Smug.

  • Dizzle says:

    Sam I think this is probably the first time I have to disagree with your statement on Hughes.

  • Slakdawg says:

    For all the talk about Hughes being arrogant (probably is, but so are the fighter pilots I work for in the Air Force) and condescending to his opponents, he sure was gracious when speaking about GSP. I wish I could find the link, but he said how great of a fighter GSP was and that he was a class-act, and went on to say that it was an honor to fight him. Again, since I couldnt find the link I am para-phrasing, but the point is Hughes isnt an ass to everyone, just guys who run him down on national televison and print media (hello, Matt Serra).

  • Wang Chung says:

    slakdawg, hughes is being respectful now because he got his ass handed to him. georges has a great story that even the ‘greatest of all times’ can appreciate. rewind to the pre-fight mind games he was trying to wage on georges before the last fight, and it’s the same sort of smug garbage he does with everyone he has a problem with.

    this is how matt serra works: he straight up tells you what he thinks about you, doesn’t sugar coat it, and he doesn’t care what you think. and whoever said he talks behing people’s back but never to their face…huh? he didn’t have too much trouble telling hughes how he felt at the start of the show, he didn’t have too much trouble giving laimon a piece of his mind…etc..

    this is how matt hughes works: he perceives he is on the moral high ground, so he can’t very well call serra a ‘dick’, so instead he goes about insulting him every chance he gets in a roundabout and extremely lame manner. see his blogs and you’ll get the jist…alot of things that frankly don’t even make sense eg-calling serra’s coaching ability into question as a result of war machine, hightower, etc. shitting in the toilet. etcetera…

    serra, despite his consistent played out bashing of hughes, generally seems like a good guy, down to earth, and very concerned about his students. hughes, despite his faith and general good attitude, slips up all the time with incredibly smug comments, to the point where he’s almost more smug than not. it’s pretty easy to see that serra’s comments are waaaaay under his skin and he’s pretty damn choked about it, even though he tries to play it off like he doesn’t care much.

    as for the stuff with arroyo…it seems to me that he’s likely dissing the kid simply because he’s apart of the serra entity he so badly wants to lash out against.

  • Jim says:

    Hughes > *

  • Dizzle says:

    They are both good guys Wangs

    But you can’t single one of these guys out for being a Figther. It’s all trash talking…and everyone on this planet is a hypocrit at one time or another in their life.

  • Craig R. says:

    I think there is a point about Matt Hughes some of us who are critiques of his overlook.

    Whether you like Hughes or not, I think everyone can appreciate what he has done in this sport and how he has conducted himself in his personal life.

    True, he does talk trash before fights and says things that are unprofessional (his comments about Canada before his second fight with GSP being a prime example), but with so many fighters being womanizers and party animals, it is commendable that he is a devout christian, a loving father and husband.

    Although I will be rooting for GSP on December 29th, I hope more fighters emulate Hughes’ clean lifestyle. Whoever wins on December 29, I know they will both conduct themselves with class after the fight.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    I didn’t see the latest edition of TUF until last night. The fact that Hughes has the two fighters in the finale says something about his coaching, or at least his ability to evaluate talent. At the end of the show, one of his guys gets the contract, and despite all his trash talk, Serra won’t get into the ring with him. It ain’t how you start, it’s how you finish, and Hughes looks better than Serra at this point.


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