Trophy Hunters TV

Dale’s Harley-Davidson

   March 30th, 2009

Last week, I went to Salt Lake City and trained at Jeremy Horn’s Elite Fitness. Jeremy has a great group of guys there to work out with. Joe Doerksen was in town training for a fight and so was Houston Alexander, who also fights on the May 23rd card. In addition to those guys, I also brought Matt Pena out to work on striking, so it worked out good for me. I was there for one reason only: to train. Seems like that’s all I did out there was train, eat and rest. So, I want to say thanks to Jeremy for allowing me out there.

I came home Saturday morning early and went to Dale’s Harley-Davidson and did an autograph session for them. As always, I had a good time. The guys down at Dale’s are great to work with and all the people that came through the line were very respectful. One of the reasons why I like the Midwest so much. After that, I quickly came home and spent some time with the family. Here are a few pictures from the autograph signing:

This week we had some fighters from the HIT Squad compete. At the Pro Battle event in Arkansas, Amir Khillah won at 1:55 of the first round by rear naked choke; Brian Foster knocked out his opponent in the first 7 seconds of his fight; Evan George won his amateur debut by doctor stoppage in the first round. For the M-1 Global event in Bulgaria, Whisper Goodman won his fight by knockout in the second round. So, good job, guys!

Here is an email I received and thought I ought to pass it on:

Beautiful Lesson!!!

The girl in the picture is Katie Kirkpatrick, she is 21. Next to her, her fiancé, Nick, 23. The picture was taken shortly before their wedding ceremony, held on January 11, 2005 in the US. Katie has terminal cancer and spend hours a day receiving medication. In the picture, Nick is waiting for her on one of the many sessions of chemo to end.

In spite of all the pain, organ failures, and morphine shots, Katie is going along with her wedding and took care of every detail. The dress had to be adjusted a few times due to her constant weight loss

An unusual accessory at the party was the oxygen tube that Katie used throughout the ceremony and reception as well. The other couple in the picture are Nick’s parents. Excited to see her son marrying his high school sweetheart.

Katie, in her wheelchair with the oxygen tube, listening a song from her husband and friends.

At the reception, Katie had to take a few rests. The pain does not allow her to be standing up for long periods.

Katie died five days after her wedding day. Watching a women so ill and weak getting married and with a smile on her face makes us think….. Happiness is reachable, no matter how long it last. We should stop making our lives complicated.

Life is short
Break the rules
forgive quickly
kiss passionately, love truly
laugh constantly
And never stop smiling
no matter how strange life is
Life is not always the party we expected to be
but as long as we are here, we should smile and be grateful.


27 Responses to “Dale’s Harley-Davidson”

Jennie Says:

Thanks for that email that you listed. Sometimes I forget what I have and I should be more grateful :)

Steven Says:

What a beautiful and inspiring story. You are a good man, Mr. Hughes. This country needs more sports heroes and role models like you.
May G-d Almighty continue to bless you in all that you do

peter dilorenzo Says:

OMG What a story. I am a college coach as well as my own wrestling club which is mostly middle school. This story will be posted on our site view by my wrestlers and viewed by as many others as I can. It really stops and makes you think.

John O'Keefe Says:

This puts life and the daily grind in perspective. Thanks for sharing and reminding me how lucky I really am.

donnie Says:

This is a story that can cross all religions, races, sexes, and political views. This is something that humanity has in most ways forgotten about. It is not the things we own, collect, or long for. It is the deep most dedication to something or someone that makes us human. At the end of the day we have to ask ourselves what is our priority. The human experience? Or the purchase of an artificial experience? Great story. Let’s hope the world is listening.

Scott Says:

Mr. Hughes,
I would like to thank you for posting the wedding story. We all have our demons and struggles that we must overcome. Some people fear those challenges and others welcome them. I need to decide which kind of person I am. I’m relatively fresh in my walk with Christ and I’m trying to catch up. There are days that I can fly over those mountains and days that I have the weight of the world on my back. The Lord is working through you. Thank you and may the Lord continue to bless you and your family.

Kimberly Says:


Thanks for making me ball like a baby first thing in the morning:) That is a beautiful story. Makes me think how lucky and blessed me & my family really are. We don’t have much, but we have each other & we’re all healthy. THANK YOU GOD!

I’m glad to hear you had a very good work out/training session. I know you are going to tear up your next fight, can’t wait. Looks like you had a good time at your signing. Congrats to the guys for winning their bouts. HIT SQUAD seems to be doing awesome. Well, got to get back to work, take care.


Janaka Abeyaratna Says:

Great post I think we forget most of the time what is important in life.

Kyle Scharen Says:

That is a truely wonderful and inspiring story. It really puts things in perspective to definitely be thankful for what you have and who you have in your life thanks for publishing that Matt.

John King Says:


That’s great your guys are doing well. I’m glad your training is going well, maybe take a trip to the old Miletich camp as well, if you need a waterboy just let me know. ha. That’s an awesome story, sometimes we take so much for granted in life and when we hear things like this we seem to realize it could always be worse. Keep up the hard work, it will pay off!! God Bless.

Jeff Says:

What a touching story; we all expect the happy ending in the conventional sense. The pictures tell the story, and it really is a tale of perspective and strength. I am glad that they were able to get through the ceremony, and complete a part of the journey- and that her parents were able to see her happy one more time.

Shawn G Says:


So often in our lives we get so busy and forget to take notice of all the gifts that God has freely given to us. Thank you for posting this and helping me stop for a moment and remember how blessed I truely am. You are a good man and may the Lord bless you and your family with wisdom, health, and prosperity. Keep proclaiming your faith and standing for what you believe.


I’ve been walking with Jesus for about 6 years now and I can tell you that there will be good days when the past is far away, and then there will be days when the devil will try and throw everything from your past at you, the best and really only thing to do is keep walking with the Lord. There is no shame is missing the mark, we all do it, but don’t quit or let guilt get ahold of you. As my Pastor tells us, repent quick and get right back to work. God’s mercy is new each day for those that believe. May the Lord continue to strengthen you along your walk and may your heart be open so He can make you into the man that He sees in you.

Jerry Says:

Thanks for the awesome story!! Sometimes God does things through others to get our attention and put our focus where it needs to be. Other times He does it through us for others. Two years ago this past March 27th, my young daughter was lifeflighted to St. Louis with a severe brain injury. Early the next morning a CT scan revealed no bleed. The doctor did not have an answer but we did, God!!! The doctor said if you were not a believer, this story should change your mind. We tell it to show God’s great mercy, grace and love. Thank you for being a beacon for Christ. Good luck against Serra, he is in deep trouble and soon, deep pain. Thank you for being so hospitible to your fans, we really appreciate. The three times I’ve met you in Taylorville, you are always gracious and humble. God bless you and your family.

Jeff Says:

Thanks for giving some pub to this story. I went to college with Katie and she was a great person who unfortunately was dealt a tough hand. She played it well all the way to the end. She was a good woman of God who kept her integrity and faith all the way til the end. We’d more fortunate to have more Katie’s in the world.


Sam Says:

I am an atheist, but fully respect other’s right to believe. That said, your post about the love this young couple shared between themselves and those close to them really did a lot to raise my faith in man’s capacity for goodness and love. Tragedy comes in many forms, but this couple’s love trumps although unable to stop death’s hand serves as a beacon of light and hope for many. Thank you for posting.


Emanuele Says:

this is an amazing story..
so sad,but full of love at the same time.. I will be sharing this with my girlfriend… thanks for posting
good luck for the fight with Serra too..

Emanuele from Rome,Italy

Bill Says:


That was very touching. It does lead one to assess their “problems” in a whole diffrent light.

G-D Bless,


Eddie Says:

Wow, what an inspiring story, a story that can bring all races, black, white red, brown together. This reminds us (which isnt often) that although there is much hatred in this world, this is something we can ALL agree on, we love, and we lose, yet we do our best to move on. Im in tears, not for her losing battle, or for his loss. But that we ALL feel these emotions, but that most feel compelled to dismiss and compare eachother. This womans life should teach us all that ……. well i dont know what to say. However if i have half the courage she did. Im not a religious man, but i pray that her and nick will meet again. I envy Nick for having such a pure soul in his life, and i feel his pain for his loss. Im sure her story will inspire others, as it has me.

sonie Says:

The Wedding posting is eye opening. I’ve always admire you, I can tell that you’re a down to earth person. We don’t realize the thing that we just take fir granted in a daily basis until someone in our family goes through something very challenging in life then we realize how lucky we are. I know you’re a good men. I met you at the Arnolds this year and I was so excited to have my picture taken with you by my husband but unfortunately it wasn’t save in my phone. Thank you for having the opportunity to share this with you.

Aidan Says:

That was really touching and your poetic take on it was honest and profound.

Tod Says:

Gee, she was such a beautiful person that was really touching and full of substance. You seem like you have a terrific head on your shoulder. I am much like you actually same height and wieght almost, i love the country and hate the city, and I am a meat and potato person as well! I also love the outdoors. Thanks again for sharing that moving story. You inspire me Matt.

All the best!

Jared Says:

Hey, brother. That was a very touching story. My niece is just went through chemo, at Childrens Memorial in Chicago. She has a really rare disease, called mavelonic acidemia. Anyway they did chemo to kill off her immune system. Apparently they can give you a new one. The cool thing about all that she’s gone through in her six years of life so far, is family members that were “unreachable” have gotten saved. Plus being at the hospital opens up alot of ministry oppertunities. I’ve seen some of the kids we’ve prayed for healed. A muslim come to Christ, and a whole lot of other cool stuff. God is so great!!! You should check it out sometime. I can tell you’re a humble dude. But, you inspire people. You are a hero in the eyes of alot of people too. I could go on forever, but I won’t. Just wondering if you check these things. And, also if you might be interested in a visit there sometime. It could lift the spirits of the kids, and their parents. I’d wish you good luck in the fight against loud mouth, but you don’t need it. Aside from having the Lord on your side, you will dominate that loser.

Damian Nielson Says:

matt, thanks for that, very inspiring! me my wife and three kids are pulling for ya along with everybody else!! he will have a hard time funning his big mouth with your fist in it!!

Mark Jeffers Says:

Hey Matt, Thanks for putting such an inspirational story on your site!
I know a lot of people are pulling for you this Sat. ..myself included!
I had the honor of meeting Olympic wrestling champions John and Ben Peterson at a wrestling camp ( solid believers ….. men of integrity ) and they told me that Colossians3:23 was and is a very motivating scripture with their wrestling( both were very ferocious and aggressive competitors)….so I thought I’d pass it along-
“Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord”
Mark Jeffers-Chicago

Joshua Olford Says:

Hey Matt, Just wanted to say God bless, youve been a real insparation to me the past year. My older brother has been struggeling with a heroin addiction and was arrested about 5 months ago and its still far from over but I just keep telling myself One More Round. Its gonna be great to see you back in the ring, Il pray for safety and I hope you have the Fight of your life tomorow Night. Thanks again.
-Josh Olford

Henry Says:

Matt, i really didn’t get to watch The May 23rd bout with you and Serra, I heard all he has had to say about you, and to me i agreed with some of his comments about you in the beginning.

I did not know you well enough , but thought i could see some of what he was saying about you.

After , reading your inspiring blog, and noticing Serra continually disrespect you as a fighter amongst the sport.
I saw a certain quality you held of hope and faith within.

I believe you matured with this type of fight once before, it seems to be energy one channels when and to the right place to harness the power.

I used to do MMA, when i was 14 through 17 sparring around and at karate practice, type stuff.

I hope, people can see the real Matt Hughes, behind the comments Serra labeled you with.

All I could see is what hateful comments would come to mind, with the smug smile and bully type attitude Serra painted you with.

It really started to piss me off when i saw, Serra going beyond a champion type attitude and start making beyond the normal attacks on you.

It was a display of lack of respect towards Martial Arts , altogether regardless of tradition or the sport and sportsmanship.

btw, a great poem of humility and understanding of how big we think we are and how small life can make us .

I truly believe in God’s existence, and that everything has its reasons for happening, or happens for a reason.

And we grow from it .

Thanks Matt for being a true Champion ~

u r a scholar and a gentleman as well.

Jeannie G. Says:

This is proof, that each day we have is a gift that is to be enjoyed to the fullest! Let us all enjoy what we have for as long/little of time that we have. God bless you, Matt, and your beautiful memories!

Leave a Reply