Trophy Hunters TV

Training with Penn

   February 14th, 2011

FIrst off I want to say Happy Valentine’s to everybody and especially to my loving wife, Audra Marie Hughes. Without her where would I be???

Hanna and I just got back from a pretty long trip. Thursday the 3rd, we left for Las Vegas to do some stuff for the UFC. Friday I spent the morning with Brock Lesnar and his team at the TUF gym. Then we went straight to the weigh-ins and then Saturday we eventually watched the UFC fights. A good night of fights and I even won another $100 off my buddy Boomer. Which reminds me, it’s his birthday today, so Happy Birthday Boomer! We left Vegas on Sunday morning and flew straight to Hawaii. BJ Penn had texted me a couple of weeks ago to see if I had some time to come out and train and get him ready for Fitch. After that initial call I checked my schedule, said I could come and had him send me Fitch’s last five fights. BJ gave me first class accommodations all the way through. I think we got some good training in, I’d love to sit here and tell you what we worked on, but I just can’t. What I can tell you to do is go to and there are several videos of us on there. I think most of them will have my little Hanna in there as well. It was a great experience for me, first off I got to train with BJ; I think we would both say that we’re a lot alike. And number two, I got to spend some quality time with my daughter. I’m on the road a lot and usually my family is at home. This time I was gone for nine days and got to take my 4 1/2 year old daughter with me. One of the things I liked most is that Hanna will most likely remember everything and it was 1-on-1 time with my girl.

If you just want to go directly to the videos here is a list of them:

Here’s a photo of me and Hanna at the UFC:

I’m sure all of you know I’m hosting a hunting show. The show is called Trophy Hunters TV and it’s on the Outdoor Channel. I’m going to start giving a description of each week’s show. Here are the air times for this week’s episode:

Air Dates & Times for 2011
Dec. 27, 2010 through March 27, 2011
Tuesdays, 6:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM CST
Wednesdays, 8:00 am EST / 7:00 am CST
Saturdays, 8:00 pm EST / 7:00 pm CST

Here is the show description for the week:


I don’t hunt on every show, but I do narrate every show. When I hunt, I will tell you what weapon I use and anything related to the hunt. When I watch a hunting show, I always like to know what they are using as far as gun, bow, bullet, arrow, broadhead, etc. I just like to know everything they use on the show.

Here is the Bible verse for this week:

Submit yourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands ye sinners; (James 4:7-8)


23 Responses to “Training with Penn”

Lynnette Says:

Thanks for sharing the videos. Your Hanna is adorable. Looks just like Audra!

brian13 Says:

hanna is BEAUTIFUL!!!
i’m glad you got to spend time with her…and in HAWAII of all places! must have been awesome!

i’m also real happy that you went out to help bj. i’ve been telling him for years that he should ask you to help him with his wrestling and he always said he wanted to, but that the timing was never right. so it’s about time!
hopefully, it pays off with his fight with fitch. either way, it’s still great to see 2 of my favorite fighters training together. and maybe it will end some of the senseless bickering here on the forums between the bj fans and bj haters. well…maybe not with dave, but perhaps a few of the others will bury the hatchet. haha!

Victor Augusto Says:

First of all, Happy Valentine’s day ! Here, in Brazil, we celebrate in June,12 . Sorry, it’s been a while. Since your last fight , I got sick … sometimes I feel a little sadness, and so I pray, asking Jesus for some answers. And what about your training with BJ ? Awesome ! Only God knows all of our steps and the straight doors we must pass through… and what about your next fight ? God bless your and your family !

boomer Says:

thank you my friend thank you ….. that is the best picture of you and Hanna!!

John King Says:

Matt, thanks for sharing al this. What a trip for you and little Hanna, that is great. Training with BJ, that is cool and kinda surprising. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate what you do for us fans. God Bless and enjoy. What channel is your hunting show going to be on satelite? I will try to find out but I didn’t see. thanks

Ty Says:

Hey, Matt:

Awesome you had a great time with your daughter Hanna, and training with BJ! Keep up the GREAT work!!! “Happy Valentine’s Day” to all!!! And thank you for the Bible verses!!!

God’s Blessings!!!!

Ray Doolittle Says:

My boys and I are huge fans of both you and BJ. The last fight was bitter-sweet but thinking of you two training together is very cool. My boys are seven and nine (plus a little girl the same age as your Hannah) and we have been praying that you had the chance to witness to BJ during your time together, and that he will respond to the Truth. Thanks for being such a great example to faith, family, and fitness.

joey Says:

Hey matt whered u get that pink american fighter shirt for her Id like to get my baby girl the same thing.

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Dustindwyer Says:

Happy Birthday Boomer!

Im glad that you an BJ are getting along. Sounds like you guys had a good time. Im sure you daughter enjoyed the special time spent with you as much as you enjoyed spending time with her.
anyways thanks for the blog matt! take er easy

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antone Says:

Thats good stuff bro. Nothing better in the world then daddy daughter time no matter what your profession or who you are. yepyep

matt o Says:

Great to hear from you Matt. Glad to see you are working with one of our home town boys here in Minneapolis Mr. Lesner. Happy Valentines day to you and the family. I want to say that I just ordered a shirt from your sight, made a mistake on the shipping address, and received a personal call from one of your sales reps about the mistake and they shipped it right back to me. Even though it was my mistake your team did not make me feel like the idiot that I was. Kudos to your sales team.

Thrash Says:

Good to hear you and BJ get along outside of the cage. Knowing that about his training routine actually changes my pick to Penn. If you guys drilled his TD defense hard, I feel like he could stop Fitch’s enough to stop him on the feet.

bob Says:

interesting that matt is training with BJ. I just don’t think that it will be enough. Fitch will win this fight via decision. Mr. Hughes I think many of us though are still waiting for you to clarify your earlier comments about GSP. Maybe more into why you think he is overpaid or how he played the koscheck fight safe. Just wondering.

chris coleman Says:

great video of u and ur daughter. i have all boys. good to see u training. any word on ur next fight. im ready to see u get back in there

chris coleman

Travis Traub Says:

Hey Matt, I’m a big fan and originally from Effingham, Illinois. Just wanted you to know how proud I am to be from the same area that you are from and where you wrestled in college. Also you have been a big supporter of the military and I can’t tell how wonderful it is when people of your celebrity show regular people how much we need to support them. My best friend, Chief Warrent Officer 2 Chris Donaldson was killed on May 5th 2006 when the helicopter he was co-piloting crashed. You or your family may have heard of him because he was also from Effingham and the Governer passed a law just for his funeral to keep the protesters at bay. Anyway, he was godfather to my son and like a brother to me. I don’t know you personally, but you guy seem very similar. He was a very determined and hard working man. He didn’t have a wife or kids but I am trying to keep his memory alive by telling anybody I can about the man and soldier he was. I love and miss him everyday and I wanted to say thank you for your support of the military. Keep up the good work and again thanks. We need everybody to let those men and women know Americans care about them.

chris coleman Says:

once again all those videos from u training with penn and those with ur daughter are very funny. i wish u and ur family the best. i still hope and pray everyday that i might be able to meet u or get an email. my oldest son peyton likes to read ur website now to and hes 7. hes a wwe wrestling fan and he wanted me to say ur his hero to.


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