Trophy Hunters TV

Fighters’ Summit


   May 15th, 2011

Last week, Audra and I went to Las Vegas. I had to partake in the UFC Fighters’ Summit. Once a year the UFC gets all the fighters together and talks about PR, health insurance, and other stuff. This is a 2-day long event, some is interesting and other stuff, like taxes and traveling, is pretty boring. The one thing I did find out is the UFC is now going to supply health insurance for all fighters. This is health insurance that will cover accidents, training, and also fight days. I think it’s a pretty big step for the UFC and I don’t know how this doesn’t make the front page of Yahoo News. So, all in all, Audra and I had a great time. She got to spend some time with the Stellas (if you remember we had a prayer request for Bobby Stella and her cancer) and we also got to eat at our favorite restaurant, Lucille’s. I actually had a fun time at the summits, I sat between Sean Sherk and BJ Penn, so we were able to jack around a little bit. It wasn’t all that serious at our table. There’s actually a really short video of us on BJPenn.com if you wanted to check that out.

Well, as I was out in Vegas with the UFC, Mark caught a break in the weather and was able to get some corn in the ground. If you want to see a few pictures of that, then you can click here.

All in all a pretty slow week. Except for the trip to Vegas, I’ve just been doing some light training, nothing heavy yet.

I got a buddy down in Florida who has a radio show called Knock Out Radio. It’s some pretty interesting stuff and you can follow them on Twitter or check out their website.

Here are the air times for this week’s episode of Trophy Hunters TV that I’m hosting, on the Outdoor Channel:

Air Dates & Times for 2011
Beginning March 28, 2011
Tuesdays, 6:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM CST
Thursdays, 2:00 am EST / 1:00 am CST
Saturdays, 8:00 pm EST / 7:00 pm CST

The show description for this week:

Show #8 “Battle Scars – Part 2″
(Airs the week of May 16, 2011)
4 Whitetail Kills – In this second part of our special two-part mini-series, we pay tribute to the soldiers honored each year by the show of support, Hunt for Heroes.

Here is the Bible verse for this week:

I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His name. (1 John 2:12)

-matt

35 Responses to “Fighters’ Summit”


Erik Says:

First!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Bill Says:

that’s huge news about the insurance. glad to see the UFC really taking care of it’s fighters. Also, just saw the UFC is now involved with the Boot Campaign. Great cause, was cool seeing you get your boots on Matt. Can’t wait to see you in there against Diego.


Abel Says:

Good Luck against Diego, Matt!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll be flying out from Texas to go cheer you on during the fight :)


MICHAEL HAMLIN Says:

Its about time the ufc took care of all there fighters and not just some of them!!!


Andrew Says:

Matt, question for you about the UFC’s health insurance – how does it feel to be a socialist? Not bad, right? I mean, you do realize that what the UFC is doing with it’s new health insurance coverage is essentially offering Universal Health Care, right? It’s even better than ObamaCare, for that matter.

If you look up a definition of socialism in the dictionary, you’ll see a copy of the UFC’s new health insurance coverage. Welcome to socialism – not nearly as bad as you thought, is it?


NateR Says:

That’s idiotic. A privately owned company providing health insurance for it’s employees is NOT socialism. Just the opposite, in fact.


seanday5 Says:

Andrew, you are a complete moron! Go ahead and worship the government and Obama, One day hopefully you will realize your mistake unless you are not capable of accepting logical thoughts! Matt is a great champion and doesn’t deserve your disrespect.


Andrew Says:

NateR and seanday5 – It’s really not idiotic. It doesn’t matter that the company is privately owned – the principle is the same. Free Health Insurance For All – that is one of the cornerstones of socialism. Think of it this way – if the UFC was a country, it would be a socialist country. And everyone living there would be better off.

The UFC is a private company, but it is using a construct of socialism to succeed – and it works! The fighters are ecstatic! Everyone is happy. Why is this kind of thing good enough for athletes but not good enough for American people?

Also, the NFL is a socialist company. Seriously, if it wasn’t for revenue sharing (taking money from the rich teams and redistributing it to the poor teams), the NFL would suck. BTW, taking money from the rich to give to the poor, that’s socialism.


NateR Says:

No, that’s just absolutely ignorant. You clearly have no understanding of the difference between a privately-owned corporation and our elected government. Your attempt to compare the two is ridiculous. Trying to claim it as a model of socialism? Again, the stupidity of your argument just boggles the mind.

Plus, it’s not “taking from the rich to give to the poor,” it’s “stealing from the rich to give to the poor.” The operative word being “stealing.”


Andrew Says:

The point is this, NateR: A privately owned company is operating like a socialist country in order to become more successful, and make its employees happier and healthier. Got it? Again, if the UFC were a country, it would be socialist.

And whether you want to call it taking or stealing, the end result is the same: the NFL is the model for a successful, competitive, flourishing league. It’s doing better that MLB, NBA, and NHL. Why? Revenue Sharing (i.e. socialism!! Yay!).


Erik Says:

The NFL is doing sooooooooooo good that they might not even play this year….. You’re making yourself look really dumb. Pretty easy isnt it Andrew? Good luck with Diego “Dirty” Sanchez Matt!!!


Andrew Says:

You’re kidding right? Do you even know what the strike is about? Clearly not. Read something. Also, NFL was recently named top league in Sports Business Awards.

Yeah, I guess that was a fluke or something?


Devin Says:

Andrew, a socialist by definition, is “one who believes that all work and all profits should be shared equally”. In the UFC, like all major sports, the athletes all earn vastly different amounts of money. You lose your own argument right there. Read a history book and waste your stupid comments on someone elses blog. No one on here cares what you think.

Does anyone know if Mark and Matt’s farm is in any danger from the flooding?


chris Says:

geeeez u guys this is matt’s website for his fans, not a place to argue about that kind of stuff. have some respect for matt and take it somewhere else and argue on another website


Jed Says:

The reason why the NFL is doing so good is because it has no guaranteed contracts, not because of revenue sharing. You don’t produce, “Then get the heck out of the way because there is somebody behind you that will,” to quote Bill Parcels


Sam Hiemstra Says:

Dude (ANDREW), take it somewhere else. You are being reeeally awwwkwarrrd! Let me guess, you’re one of those type of people that gets invited over to someone’s home, then proceeds to start randomly speaking, at their dinner table, about how your opinion on abortion is the only opinion that could possible be the right one, aren’t you? Just drop it. You are a guest here on HIS website. Stay in your lane! If you want to flame up a political argument, or randomly express your opinion on how McDonalds is Communist for making their employees wear matching uniforms, start your own website and have a ball!!!

GOOD LUCK MATT!! YOU AND DIEGO ARE MY FAVORITE FIGHTERS!! AND IF HE SHOWS UP AS PHYSICALLY OUT OF SHAPE AS HE LOOKED IN HIS KAMPMANN FIGHT (were those man boobs and a spare tire??) YOU’LL SHOW HIM THAT A COUNTRY BOY CAN INDEED SURVIVE!!!


NateR Says:

Andrew, no, your argument holds no water whatsoever. You’re trying to claim that a company who owes its success and very existence to capitalism and the free market is somehow a model of socialism that we should try to emulate? It’s nonsense. End of story.

In fact, I don’t think even you are dumb enough to believe your own arguments, so I am forced to conclude that you are nothing but a troll.


chris Says:

u guys STOP IT!!!! THIS IS A UFC WEBSITE!!ITS MATTS TO COMMUNICATE TO HIS FANS NOT FOR FANS TO ARGUE ABOUT SOMETHING THAT STUPID!! TAKE IT SOMEWHERE ELSE


Andrew Says:

I’m impressed. Not with any of your arguments, but that you guys are able to write complete sentences. You are all so short sighted, it’s sad.

And relax with the whole ‘disrespecting Matt’ business. The thing I admire most about Matt is his opinions and his fearlessness in expressing them. His website isn’t just about fighting, it’s also a place where he expresses his opinions on matters political and religious – maybe you guys should try reading instead of just looking at pictures.

Yes, the UFC made itself in a capitalist system, but with this new health insurance plan, it is operating like a socialist country. If it was operating like a capitalist country, it would tell it’s fighters they had to buy their own insurance (like in America). The result is an uneven playing ground where fighters with more money can get better care, stay healthy fight more and make more money. What will eventually happen is there will be 10 – 15 fighters who are making enough money to fight well and survive (kind of like the NBA and MLB). Whereas by offering universal health insurance, they have evened the playing field for all, regardless of income (that is a CONSTRUCT OF SOCIALISM!!).

And the reason the NFL does well is because of revenue sharing. How else could a team like Green Bay in a market that is that small compete with teams in huge markets like Dallas, Chicago, New York, etc? It’s not player contracts, it’s revenue sharing, also known as redistribution of wealth, also known as socialism.


Jack Bratcher Says:

Matt what do you think about this “judgment day” stuff that’s supposed to be today?


NateR Says:

Andrew, you need to watch the personal insults or I will start deleting your comments. I’m not attacking you personally, I’m attacking your ridiculous ideas. If you can’t discern the difference, then maybe the internet is not the place for you.

Anyways, your socialism argument falls flat because it’s only made possible in these instances by a capitalist system. If people weren’t paying money to watch these events, these sports organizations would not exist. Do all UFC fighters make the same amount of money per PPV? No they don’t. If the UFC was truly a socialist organization then all fighters employed by the UFC would be paid equally regardless of whether they even fought during the event. Heck even the judges, referees, ring girls, commentators and beer vendors would be making the same amount of money as the PPV headliners if the UFC was truly socialist. So, you clearly don’t know what you are talking about when you try to claim that the UFC is adopting socialist ideals.

As for the NFL, I’m not a football fan so I don’t know anything about this revenue sharing thing you are talking about. However, I highly doubt it is in any way “socialist” because clearly the NFL players are not getting paid equally across the board. Thus, no socialism involved. The NFL does so well because it has fans willing to pay huge amounts of money to attend the games, which is pure capitalism.


Andrew Says:

NateR, if you’re going to delete my comments, make sure you also delete seanday5, who called me “a complete moron”. If you’re going to police this forum, don’t just do it to the people who disagree with you. I was never going to make this personal – you can thank seanday5 for that.

As for your comments on socialism, you’re completely wrong. Unfortunately, it seems like you’ve been listening to propaganda rather than facts. To be clear, socialism and communism are very different. In socialism, everyone does not make the same amount of money – that is communism.

Socialism is when the government oversee’s the major corporations, makes sure they are operating safely and they can make money and have free enterprise. It includes free health care and free education. But people can open their own businesses and are paid by what they do, so they have incentive to work hard and pay bills.

That is socialism. Free enterprise, free health care. Kind of like the UFC. Fighters are free to make as much money as they can, but the UFC provides them with free health care.


seanday5 Says:

Andrew, when you can’t get anyone to agree with your argument you need to stop and think that maybe it’s not that everyone else is wrong. At some point you should come to realize that your argument makes absolutely no sense and leave it alone. You are not going to get anyone to agree with this ridiculous argument.


Andrew Says:

Good comeback, seanday5. Clearly a well thought out, intelligently structured rebuttal.


NateR Says:

I agree completely, seanday5. Andrew’s argument was dead on arrival and, instead of being a man and admitting that he’s wrong, he’s grasping at straws and trying to get us all to buy into his warped, illogical delusions.

Andrew, you’re understanding of socialism is about as flawed and inaccurate as everything else you’ve posted on here.


Neighbor Down the Road Says:

So Andrew– since the UFC is following socialistic principals now, does that mean when I go to the fights this Saturday in Vegas I should ask for my money back? Is Dana going to give me the fight of the night bonus to “share the wealth?” I think I should be able to sit in the first row instead of the person that paid for that seat so that everything is “fair” and equal.

The difference between a privately held company and the government is that the government is funded by TAXES, while the UFC is funded by CAPITALISM and the FREE MARKET ECONOMY…. You CAN NOT COMPARE THE TWO. If the UFC wanted to pay each fighter ten million dollars per fight, that is their choice!! Its their money, they can do with it what they want!!! If the UFC wants to give all the fighters free healthcare because they make so much money and they CAN AFFORD to pay the premiums, thats their choice… What you are failing to realize is that its NOT FREE HEALTHCARE, the UFC is just paying all the premiums themselves for their employees.. If the GOVERNMENT gives free health care where does that money come from??? ME, YOU, THE HARD WORKING TAX PAYERS!!!!!!!!! Do you see the difference now between a privately held company paying its employees premiums compared to tax payers giving more money to the government to pay for those that dont carry their own weight?

Socialism is the exact opposite of what our country needs right now. Raising the taxes of the hard working people to give to the lazy people isnt the principals that this country was founded on. The issues we have now in the USA stem from socialism!!!! People have realized that its easier to live off the government and look to them for help rather than getting up off the couch and helping themselves. People want to spread the wealth and want a bigger piece of the pie, but they are unwilling to do anything to get that but hold their hand out. The longer we promote these ideas and continue to re-enforce this type of behavoir, the deeper our country will go into debt. People need to get up off their butts and make a difference themselves rather than looking for a hand out. You know what, the world isnt fair, people are not created equal– thats the great thing about America- anything is possible with hard work and determination. Those qualites have been replaced by– ” poor me” and “help me”… Help Yourself Peopl!!!! I will live my life by the following quote till the day I die…… Hopefully my rebuttal Andrew is well thought out and intelligent enough for you. Sorry for the long post everyone..

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”


Andrew Says:

You guys really don’t get it. Have you been that brainwashed by Fox News?

To be clear: Socialism is not, in no way, not now, not ever, the same thing as Communism. They are two completely different things. Socialism does not mean that everyone makes the same money. There is no “sharing of wealth”. That is communism. Socialism exists in a FREE MARKET. There are multi-millionaires (even billionaires) in socialism, and there are also people who are homeless. The thing that makes it a socialism is that the billionaires and the homeless are entitled to the same basic level of social services (health care and education, to name a few), which is provided by the government. And, yes, in a socialist country, the Billionaires are also entitled to pay for more healthcare or education if they so choose. The government doesn’t tell them where, how, or what to spend their money on.

Can this be any more clear? Socialism is not Communism. Please, get this through your heads.

And, Neighbor Down The Road, don’t be so naive. Do you really think the UFC is offering its fighters FREE health insurance? It’s not. THat money has to come from somewhere, and that somewhere is fighter salaries. You’re delusional if you think otherwise.

Again, YES, the UFC exists in a free market. YES, it is a private company. But my argument (I don’t think can be any clearer), is that UFC is now operating itself as if it were a SOCIALIST (not communist, because there is a HUGE difference) country.


Neighbor Down the Road Says:

Oh My God Andrew.. you need to take an economics class or re read what you are writing…. You are saying the UFC is socialistic, but then went on to say—– “And, Neighbor Down The Road, don’t be so naive. Do you really think the UFC is offering its fighters FREE health insurance? It’s not. THat money has to come from somewhere, and that somewhere is fighter salaries. You’re delusional if you think otherwise.” If the fighers are paying for their own insurance there is nothing socialistic about it??? So, in your own exact words— if the UFC is not offering these services for free, and if the fighers are paying for it, you just debunked your own theory…

Listen- socialism is evil- go read some more Karl Marx….. Let me worry about paying for my own kids college educations, before the government taxes me more to pay for other peoples… Thats what your not getting… SHIT DOESNT COME FOR FREE—- if there is free health care and free college- who do you think pays for that? TAXPAYERS…. our taxes are high enough, I dont feel like paying for other peoples needs– let them get a job and pay for it themselves…


Andrew Says:

Alright, let’s try this again.

Here is what you said: “If the UFC wants to give all the fighters free healthcare because they make so much money and they CAN AFFORD to pay the premiums, thats their choice… What you are failing to realize is that its NOT FREE HEALTHCARE, the UFC is just paying all the premiums themselves for their employees.. If the GOVERNMENT gives free health care where does that money come from??? ME, YOU, THE HARD WORKING TAX PAYERS!!!!!!!!!”

You are saying that (in socialism) when the government pays for healthcare, it really isn’t free since it is coming from tax payers. And you are 100% correct. Then you go on to say that the UFC, on the other hand, is choosing to pay for fighters health insurance premiums because they have so much money, which suggests that they are taking it out of their own coffers, which is wrong. What I am saying is that the UFC is taking that money FROM fighters salaries to give them health insurance – in other words, they are essentially taxing the fighters to give them health insurance – text book socialism. Health insurance isn’t free in socialism, and it isn’t free in the UFC. Do you see that?

Finally, where did you learn about socialism? Honestly, you really have it all wrong. Socialism isn’t evil. There is freedom – tons of it. In a socialist country (such as Canada, for example), the government doesn’t pay for college. That’s a myth. If you want to go to college, you gotta pay for it yourself. It isn’t free, not even close. Public schools are free for elementary and secondary school, but that’s it. After that, if you want to go on to post secondary, you have to pay for it yourself.

I lived in Canada. It’s not the evil communist utopia the Republicans want you to think it is. They are free to go to whatever school they want, which ever doctor/hospital they want. And think about this – with all those services, their taxes are about equal to Americans (in fact, depending on which state you live in, their taxes are even lower).

America will always be capitalist. That will never change, nor should it. It’s what made it great. But, just in the interest of not being ignorant – learn about socialism. It’s not evil. Not even close.

Remember, socialism and communism are not the same.


NateR Says:

Let me get this straight, the basis of your argument is: if the UFC was a country, it would be a socialist country? So, if the UFC was a vegetable, would it be an eggplant or radicchio? How about if the UFC was a breed of dog? Would it be a Chesapeake or a Bichon Frise?

Your argument is ridiculous. The UFC is no more a country than it is a vegetable or a canine. What I took offense to was your accusations of Matt being a socialist now that the UFC is offering healthcare to its fighters. I’m pretty sure Matt would take serious offense to that as well. So, I guess it’s my fault for actually engaging you in the debate and not just deleting your remarks like I would with any other troll.

Also, I’m not sure what Fox News has to do with anything. I don’t even watch that network. I get all of my information on socialism and communism from these little things called “history books.” I suggest you pick one up someday.


seanday5 Says:

Well said NateR!


Neighbor Down the Road Says:

Andrew– the government taxes citizens– the UFC isnt the government, nor do they tax anymore. They make money hand over fist promoting a product that is in high demand. Thank you Nate for breaking it down for him as my next response was going to be..

“Andrew, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this forum is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.” ( its from Billy Madison Andrew… thats an Adam Sandler movie, not about socialism.. LOL)


Morgan Says:

I agree with NateR: Andrew you can keep arguing, but your not going to ever win


Jimmy Says:

I aways check this website out because I like matts opinions about the fights and I am a fan of him, not to see people calling him or the ufc socialist. Andrew you need to go back to eighth grade and pay more attention to social studies. I dont know if you read it carefully but, his post said that the ufc was going to “supply health insurance ” not give it for free. Any job that has any bennifits supplies health insurance but you still pay for it.


Russ chamberlin Says:

Wats. Up. Matt I freaked out when I seen u on tv watch n ufc man I thought it was bad ass I wrestled u n high school man I glad to hear u are doing so good at it
It is different then high school rite man how is your brother doing hey man let me know if u get it man good luck man I live n fort worth tx now I missed cn u at the mall n grapevine tx


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