Trophy Hunters TV

Penn vs. Diaz – UFC 137

   October 26th, 2011

This weekend is UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz and Audra and I will be out there rooting for several fighters. Dustin Jacoby, who used to fight out of the HIT Squad is competing; also from Pat’s old gym, Bart Palaszewski; Jeff Curran, a native northern Illinois boy is competing; and, as you all know, I’m going to go out and help BJ cut any weight and help him out in any way I can.

I really feel that if BJ is in shape, he should win this fight. I think BJ’s striking is better, I think BJ’s take-downs are better, and I think BJ’s ground game is better. So the only way I see Diaz winning is if he gasses BJ out. If you’re going out for the fight, hit the forums and let me know.

I’m currently driving home from the airport dictating this blog to Nate (my webmaster) over the phone. I’ve been sitting here debating whether I should tell this story or not and I’ve decided to go ahead and share it. So here we go: I’m in the airport bathroom washing my hands, getting ready to pick up my luggage and get on the shuttle. A man at the sink next to me says, “I’m surprised to see you here.” I do my typical thing where I look at him like I don’t know what he’s talking about. He then says, “UFC right?” and I say “Yes.” I then look him over a little bit and he’s an older gentlemen (he eventually told me he was 62) wearing nice clothes. He asks for a picture and I say sure we’ll step outside and snap a pic. Usually when I do this, we’ll find a third person to actually take the picture, so that way we’re both in the picture. Well he just whipped his camera out and took a picture of me, giving me just enough time to get my hands up into a fighting pose. I then went and grabbed my luggage and found a shuttle to take me to my truck. When I sat down in the shuttle he was sitting across from me. We struck up a conversation and as more people got on the shuttle, space got cramped, so I jumped over and sat next to him. I thought if I’m going to sit next to somebody, I might as well sit next to a good conversation. I would call myself a question-asker, so I quickly started to find out a little more about him. He was returning from a trip down to Dallas for a job interview. A few months back, he was let go from his job. He had mentioned that he was going to send the picture to his kid, so I asked about that. Turns out he’s been married for a long time and has 11 kids, ages 21-31. Then he tells me one of his boys is handicapped and lives in the house with them. He also said that his wife has never asked for anything, except that her father with cerebral palsy live out the rest of his life in their house. I asked a few questions about that and he says it’s tough because people with CP just don’t remember anything. After he tells me this, he keeps talking; but to be honest, I go straight to prayer for him and his family. Especially asking that he gets the job that he travelled so far to interview for. At this moment, I feel God putting something on my heart and when I get that feeling, a lot of times I’ll try and make God prove it to me. So I fired right back, “God if you want me to do this, have him get off the shuttle when I get off.” In a parking lot with a couple hundred cars, there is no chance he’s going to get off the shuttle when I do. So we keep chatting and when we get to the parking lot the driver asks where I was parked and what I was driving. The guy I prayed for said “That’s right next to me,” and he got off the shuttle when I did. So now I know what I need to do, but how am I going to phrase it? That’s what I’m thinking the whole time as I put my luggage in my car as he’s still standing there chatting with me. So I told him, “I’m trying to hurry up and put my kids to bed; but I’ve got to tell you a story.” I tell him “I started praying for you when you told me a little bit about yourself. God put something on my heart – so I told him to prove it and have you get off the shuttle when I did. Well, you did and now I have to do what God has put on my heart.” I gave him a $100 bill out of my wallet and said, “Go take your wife out to eat wherever she wants to go.” Of course, he wanted nothing to do with the money, but how do you say no? I told him I consider myself a greedy man, because I know that if I give him $100, in a short time God going to give me $1000. I could tell he was astonished and speechless, so I jumped in my truck and, at this moment, I am still trying to race home to catch my kids before they fall asleep. One of the funny things is, I never caught the man’s name. I believe what happened tonight is what you might call a “divine appointment.” God knew that this man and I would meet before I parked my truck at the airport. Even before this whole trip was scheduled, God arranged for this meeting. So I’m just humbled and awe-struck at how He works in our lives. I will continue to pray for this man and I would ask that anyone else who feels led to should pray for him as well.

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 August 15, 2011
Wednesday, 10:00 AM EST / 9:00 AM CST
Thursdays, 2:30 PM EST / 1:30 PM CST
Thursdays, 12:30 AM EST / 11:30 AM CST
Saturdays, 8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST

The show description for this week:

“Grin & Bear It”
(Airs the week of October 24th, 2011)
On his first archery hunt for bears, Matt Hughes enjoys the scenery of Saskatchewan, Canada. After a long wait, his patience is rewarded with the opportunity to take a cinnamon bear.

The Bible verse for this week:

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)


16 Responses to “Penn vs. Diaz – UFC 137”

Abel Says:

That was a good thing you did Matt :) Not many would have the kindness to do what u did…it makes me so honored to be one of your fans and im sure God is going to help you out the same way you helped this man. God Bless you Matt :)

Scott Says:

This is why you are my favorite fighter. May God bless you for your obedience.

Loki Says:


What an incredibly generous thing to do. And I don’t mean just the money. People rarely give of their own time to actually ask how another person is doing and engage in a conversation. We are all too busy with phones and texting etc., thanks for sharing the story and for reminding us that the smallest gestures can change so much to people.

Howard Mckellum Says:

i love this story and i’m so happy you decided to share it.

enjoy the fights this weekend and tell bj he has everyone’s support.

chris coleman Says:

hey nate i know matt doesnt have alot of time on his hands but ive posted a few times on here. matts my hero and one of my boys hero and i had the opportunity to meet matt when he was in des moines a few weeks back. i was speechless. ive had some rough times as of late and i had a few personal questions i wanted to ask but there was a huge line behind me. Does he ever have time to offer any advice to a fan who desperatly is looking for advice and doesnt have alot of family left? If u could let me know Nate i would appreciate it

Chris Coleman

Jason Says:

It is great to have someone like you affiliated with the UFC. Stories like this need to be shared with everyone and I am glad that you heard God’s voice, where obedient and shared it with all of us.

John King Says:

Matt, You have been my favorite fighter since the Trigg 2 fight and I have been blessed to have meet you twice and this does not suprise me at all. I felt you were down to earth like a family member would be when me and my kids came to your hit squad gym. You are a true champ in so many ways and this proves it. God Bless and thanks for sharing.

Mike Says:

Awesome story thanks for sharing it. Hope to see you at Pro Elite 2 next weekend.

Karina Says:

Im very touched by your story, thanks for sharing that. I love to hear how God is working…….:)

Ryan Ramirez Says:

Hey matt im a 16 year old boy in alaska and have been a fan of you since 2001, and i got to be honest when i say your my hero the way you present yourself not just in the sport but in life and i try to follow what you do. im in high school and do wrestling for my school and enrolled in a bjj class. your success in the octagon with wrestling really got me to do wrestling and i love it. you know not much happens out hear in alaska not alot of people come up hear we cant meet alot of fighters like people in the lower 48s, but there is this little organization here called AFC alaska fighting championships and the airforce sometimes brings UFC fighters to AFC events and it has been my dream to meet you so maybe if you could ask around to look into it that would be awesome thanks matt.

True Fan,

Darren Says:

Thank you Matt for the, story, through win or loss you stand up and talk of Jesus, only that will mean anything in the end, Thank you.

Tim Says:

Matt, God has called you to glorify Him. The battle you face as a child of God is far greater than any opponent that you have ever faced or will face in the ring. God is going to allow you to be tested, broken, and even defeated according to defeat of this world. He did with Job and most of all He allowed His only son to be. You are no different. You are in an occupation that is surronded by a lust for sin like a kid lust for candy. satan will use every and any opportunity he can to break your faith and trust in God. Stay the course, fight all your battles on your knees and above all be ye not conformed to this world but transformed by the renewing of your mind. May God anoint and bless you with a double portion of His grace.

jake Says:

Damn. Been waitin for a post for a while now.

Rob Says:

Matt that’s a great story and that is why you are the greatest Champ in UFC history. May God continue to bless you and I will be praying for this man and his family. I wish BJ had pulled that out, he showed amazing guts in that fight. If BJ had your cardio and conditioning he would be unbeatable. Maybe you can get him out to train with Franklin!!! God Bless and take care, hope you are getting direction on your future as well, would love to see you and Diego still fight.

Kelly Diaz Says:

That is really a touching story. God works in such amazing ways. Everything happens for a reason and your story proves that. You are a great guy Matt and you are an even greater christian man! God Bless!

Michael B Says:

That kind of Christian character and behavior reminds me of my father. Hey Matt if I give you my email could I possibly get some advice from you.