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UFC Ultimate 100

   January 12th, 2010

The girls are doing fine (Audra and Katelyn). Katelyn is sleeping 4-5 hours between feedings now and to be honest I would say that she’s a very content baby. She likes to have her eyes open and look around. So all is well on the home front.

Started my training for my next fight and one thing I realized is that the older you get, the more time you need to take to prepare. Doing a lot of lifting, plyos, stretching, and technique; but I’m not going crazy, I’m kind of easing myself into it. Robbie’s next fight for Showtime (January 30th) will be the next time I’m around Pena, so the week of Robbie’s fight will be a good one for me. It was asked on my forum where I’ll be doing most of my training for this fight. Most of it will be at the HIT Squad, but a lot will be out in Utah. That’s where Matt Pena’s at now and I also believe they’ve got some of the best grapplers out there with Demarques Johnson and Jeremy Horn. Jeremy’s my ground wizard and I’ll let him help me out getting ready for this fight.

I was over at my in-laws last night and they had the TV channel set to Spike and they were watching the UFC’s Ultimate 100. It was interesting to see how many fights of mine made the show. To be honest, I think more of my losses made it onto the show than my wins. Still scratching my head on that and don’t know exactly how to take it. I guess win or lose people like my fights.

Received an interesting email that I thought I would share with you:

Man Builds Noah’s Ark (exact scale given in Bible)

Working Replica of Noah’s Ark Opened In Schagen, Netherlands

The massive central door in the side of Noah’s Ark was opened the first crowd of curious townsfolk to behold the wonder. Of course, it’s only a replica of the Biblical Ark , built by Dutch Creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.

The ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That’s two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house.

Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold.

A contractor by trade, Huibers built the ark of cedar and pine. Biblical Scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been.

Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools and with occasional help from his son Roy. Construction began in May 2005. On the uncovered top – deck not quite ready in time for the opening – will come a petting zoo, with baby lambs and chickens, and goats, and one camel.

Visitors on the first day were stunned. “It’s past comprehension”, said Mary Louise Starosciak, who happened to be bicycling by with her husband while on vacation when they saw the ark looming over the local landscape.

“I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big.” There is enough space near the keel for a 50-seat film theater where kids can watch a video that tells the story of Noah and his ark. Huibers, a Christian man, said he hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands , where church going has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years.

Finally, the Bible verse for this week:

Wealth and honor come from you, O LORD; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. (1 Chronicles 29:12)


18 Responses to “UFC Ultimate 100”

Bob Says:

The Ark was an Old Testament symbol of Jesus Christ, our only hope of Salvation is in Him! Great email, Matt- thanks for sharing

Daniel Says:

I think your second fight with Trigg should have been first. If I was trying to get someone hooked on MMA, I would show them that fight. The first reason is I hate Trigg talks way to much trash, although I don’t know who to root for when he fights Sera. Matt Sera is the Chicago Cubs of MMA, I just really hate him and love watching him lose. It cracks me up when talks about himself as a pioneer of the sport, I guess he was the fitst guy to get knockout by a spinning back fist, but in his defense he did make hell freeze over when he GSP. Just wondering who you will be pulling for, I guess best case, they might put it on a great fight. The second reason is that fight (you and Trigg 2/ UFC 52) has it all; takedowns, submissions, submissions escapes, an awesome slam, and some good ground and pound. Plus it is one of short fights that doesn’t get boring.

scott Says:

FYI, you’re wrong. The Top 100 has four Hughes losses (GSP 2&3, Penn 1, Alves) and eight wins (Gracie, Sherk, GSP 1, Newton 1&2, Trigg 1&2, Penn 2). And I second Trigg 2 as the greatest fight ever (as did Dana White on the broadcast). It’s the Hearns/Hagler of MMA.

Dalton Says:

Woah thats cool i bet that took alot of hard work thank you matt for sharing with us!

John King Says:


Train hard, I want to see the old Hughes come out and destroy this guy so you can move to the next big fight. I can’t wait to hear your name called in the octagon again!! I’m glad to hear the family is doing well. I didn’t know Matt Pena moved to another gym, hope he is doing well. I’m with the other guys on the Trigg 2 fight, that is when I became the number 1Hughes fan and into the ufc. I can’t stand neither one of them, I have a feeling Serra will win but I don’t care. Ground and pound, stay safe and confident. God Bless

John King Says:

Matt, I’m sorry I wanted to tell you thanks for the Noah’s arc display, that’s pretty amazing. I’ve went to the creation museum in Cinci, OH and it was awesome. Maybe you can train with Franklin for a week and take the family and go because it’s really good for a family to see now a days.

zack Says:

well i think i can answer why alot of ur losses were on there.. 1. u were so dominant that anytime someone beat u it was basically an upset.. no one ever thought bj penn which was a lightweight would even have a chance against the freakish goriila strong best welterweight.. which i know u took him very lightly and didnt even hardly train for it but still.. the 2nd gsp fight was sorta an upset, i think u were still favored to win that fight, and u chose to keep it standing instead of using ur great wrestling ability so u got caught, and that was gsp’s first winning of the belt.. and the alves fight, no one thought he would beat u either, but he did come in to weigh-ins overweight, and was huge for that fight, but u still took him down, u coulda done more work when on top but oh well.. what im trying to say is anytime someone beat u it was a crazy upset cause u were such a great champ.. longest title defenses, tied for most wins in ufc history. arguably the greatest fighter to ever step in the cage.. u have beaten everyone the ufc has ever put in front of u.. 9 and 2 in ufc title bouts, the list is endless.. the crazy thing is as great as gsp has been he is still along ways away from your number of title defenses.. u’ve got a ton of mma fans, and there’s some who dont like u just cause u won all the time, so there’s where ur votes are coming from. lackluster or not in the last few fights no one can take away your dominance on a division stacked with talent..also i want a finish against renzo.. no more decisions, i hope when u get him down u do work, try to pass, but if u cant drop some bombs and that guard will open at some point. get him in a bad spot and do it like u used to. another thing, i wish u would go back to the right handed stance, it won u all those fights and championships, ur kinda unpredictable with it. watching ur fights i saw alot of leg and head kicks thrown that kinda kept ppl guessing then u shot and got takedowns, if it aint broke dont fix it, ur opponents know right off the bat what ur gonna do and they’re not worried with ur standup when u fight southpaw.. ur fans want a convincing victory and for u to go for the best one more time!!!

Sawyer Says:

Haha daniel, more like the Boston Red Sox. On another note that ark is AMAZING. Cant wait for your fight!!!

Anderson Says:

This is a nicely crafted boat, but its accuracy in relationship to the arch’s design is being questioned. According to newly translated instructions inscribed in ancient Babylonian on a clay tablet telling the story of the ark, the vessel was not the pointy-prowed craft of popular imagination but rather a giant circular reed raft. The details of the story must have gotten mixed up perhaps?

Pete Zefo Says:

I would take the losses as a compliment. Especially with so many of your wins being shown. Thanks to Scott for assembling those stats. I do think it’s funny that Tito has ZERO wins in the top 100. Think Dana had anything to do with that? The videos were compilated prior to Tito and Dana making up.

Dustindwyer Says:

Bah i woudlent be 2 worried about it Matt. Unreal Ark! im suprised it ahsent been on the news here in canda

Jonathan Moorhead Says:

Matt, Johan Huibers’ ark is only half the size of the original ark. Impressive as Huibers’ ark is, the original must have been VERY impressive!!!

Anderson, the only mixup in the story is from the Babylonian account. Not one jot or tittle of God’s Word is in error.

For the Master, Jonathan

Thrash Says:

I think that the Renzo fight is gonna be a good one Matt. I would try and tell you what you should do, but you’re smarter than me obviously. Personally, I like to take BJJ guys to side-mount and stay there. Not many ways to submit a guy who’s laying on your chest. Just do what you need to. I didn’t comment on the last page, but you’re daughter seems healthy and happy. Congrats man. No greater honor than being a father. The ark is great, wish I had the money to go see it. You’re one of the all-time greats man. No one would ever question that. The losses on there are the exception to the rule. The Trigg 2 win is underrated at number three. I would still put it under Griffin-Bonnar though. That was simply insane. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to see anyone match your accomplishments, even if they manage to match your numbers.


Matt please go after the title dont turn into a chuck liddell please cause unlike chuck you are still a world class fighter who can still compete with the best in the world hughes vs gsp IV PLEASE THATS WHAT WE WANT


HUGHES VS GSP IV!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mathieu Says:

it is right that that ark is “just” half the size as the original one, I have been there.. but man, does it looks impressive! It is realy beautiful, it gets a lot of visitors..

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Mike Hawk Says:

I don’t think Hughes vs GSP will happen. Gsp is in a class of his own, and Hughes will have to beat alot of top contenders(Winner of Koshcheck/Daley, Hardy, Fitch, etc to get his shot back. Not sure if beating Renzo Gracie moves Hughes up in the rankings or down.

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