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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Hey everybody, I forgot to mention that I have a buddy up in northern Illinois, Brandon, who just had a birthday this last weekend. And also, if I remember correctly, Pat Miletich’s birthday is today. I believe Pat turns 32 today. So Happy Birthday Brandon and Pat!



Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
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Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
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Monday, January 19th, 2009

One More Round
Hornady Ammunition
Hornady Ammunition Hornady Precision Ammunition
Dale's Harley-Davidson Dale’s Harley-Davidson
DPMS Panther Arms DPMS Panther Arms
Round 5
US Optics
US Optics
Other Links
H.I.T. Squad
Robbie Lawler
Tim Sylvia’s Official Website
Jens Pulver’s Official Website
Chuck Liddell’s Official Website
Rich Franklin’s Official Website
Davenport Boxing Club
Rancho-3M Christian Orphanage
Unlimited Outdoors
Bible Study Software
Capital City Cage Wars
The Fowl Life
NRA – National Rifle Association
Texas Trophy Hunters Association
Fuel Fight Club
Fuel Fight Club
Bad Boy Mowers
Bad Boy Mowers

Training & Nutrition

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Two parts: one when training in Hillsboro and one when training in Granite City

6:00 AM – run for 30-45 minutes (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
6:45 AM – eat breakfast, take son to school, work on farm,
miscellaneous errands
10:00 AM – eat a snack, good carbs and protein (NO SUGAR)
12:30 PM – eat lunch (usually a chicken breast sandwich and salad)
3:30 PM – take XYIENCE NOX-CG3
4:00 PM – lift weights, no more than 1 hr:

Monday – chest
(I hate chest workouts and if I don’t start the
week with chest I won’t do it)
Tuesday – back
Wednesday – might take the day off (lift saturday if I do), maybe arms
Thursday – shoulders
(always separate shoulders and chest
as much as possible because they are both push muscles)
Friday – arms
Saturday – legs

1st: 15 reps
2nd: 10-12 reps
3rd: no more than 6
4th: 10-12

4 exercises per body part

5:00 PM – 30 minute run on treadmill, start at 6 mph and every
five minutes go up 1/2 mile per hour
5:30 PM – stretch for 15-20 minutes after workouts
take Cytosport Musclemilk (my post-workout meal)

Granite City:
6:00 AM – run for 30-45 minutes (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
6:45 AM – eat breakfast
8:30 AM – arrive at the gym:
8:30-9:30 AM: lift for 1 hour
9:30 AM: work on light technique like grappling or hit pads,
run on treadmill or go outside and run sprints
12:00 PM – eat lunch and take afternoon off
3:00 or 3:30 PM – have a snack
6:30 PM – practice:

Monday – sparring with takedowns
Tuesday – grappling
Wednesday – sparring (punches and kicks with 16 oz gloves and headgear)
Thursday – grappling
Friday – no practice (might go into gym to get a run in)

After workout I take Cytosport MuscleMilk.


I try and eat meals as if I was stranded on an island. In other words, I want all the nutrients my body needs to survive to come from the food and nothing extra.

scrambled eggs
oatmeal with honey
yogurt – usually with almonds (I try to have almonds as my fat source)

maybe leftover steak or chicken breasts

I try to get proteins and carbs from actual foods and not rely on shakes and bars.

Other Meals:
fish at least three times a week
lots of chicken: mainly chicken breast
try to stay away from red meat everyday
(Which is very hard for me because I love steak; I might have a steak maybe twice a week tops)
lots of coleslaw, broccoli, steamed vegetables.

I try to eat 6-7 small meals a day, I don’t take the time to weigh my food or count my calories, I just eat sensible.

I don’t take diet pills, either. To me diet pills solve the results not the problem. The problem is overeating and not enough exercise, the result is being overweight. I’m not a believer in diets that people can’t follow, to me a diet should be a change of life. People should go on diets that they can follow for the rest of their life.

Titles & Awards

Monday, January 19th, 2009
UFC World Welterweight Championship
2 NOV 01
UFC 34
High Voltage
22 MAR 02
UFC 36
Worlds Collide
13 JUL 02
UFC 38
Brawl at the Royal Albert Hall
22 NOV 01
UFC 40
25 APR 03
UFC 42
Sudden Impact
21 NOV 01
UFC 45
22 OCT 04
UFC 50
The War of ‘04
16 APR 05
UFC 52
Couture vs. Liddell 2
23 SEP 06
UFC 63
Hughes vs. Penn
Tapout Submission Award
  Tapout Award Tapout Award Tapout Award Tapout Award  
  November 21, 2003
UFC 45 – Revolution
October 22, 2004
UFC 50 – The War of ‘04
April 16, 2005
UFC 52 – Couture vs. Liddell 2
November 19, 2005
UFC 56 – Full Force

MMA Stats

Monday, January 19th, 2009
Height: 5′9″
Weight: 170 lbs.
Age: 34
DOB: 13 Oct. 1973
Born: Hillsboro, Illinois
Resides: Hillsboro, Illinois
Team: H.I.T. Squad
MMA Record: 43-7-0

Key Strengths:
- Collegiate All-American Wrestler
- Physical Strength
- Octagon Experience

Walk-Out Music:
“A Country Boy Can Survive”
by Hank Williams Jr.

Matt Hughes

MMA Record

Win Matt Serra UFC 98-Evans vs. Machida 05/23/09 Unanimous Decision
Loss Thiago Alves UFC 85-Bedlam 06/07/08 TKO
Loss Georges St. Pierre UFC 79-Nemesis 12/29/07 Verbal Submission (Armbar)
Win Chris Lytle UFC 68-The Uprising 03/03/07 Unanimous Decision
Loss Georges St. Pierre UFC 65-Bad Intentions 11/18/06 TKO (Strikes)
Win BJ Penn UFC 63-Hughes vs. Penn 09/23/06 TKO (Strikes)
Win Royce Gracie UFC 60-Hughes vs. Gracie 05/27/06 TKO (Strikes)
Win Joe Riggs UFC 56-Full Force 11/19/05 Submission (Kimura)
Win Frank Trigg UFC52-Couture vs. Liddell 2 04/16/05 Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Win Georges St. Pierre UFC 50-The War of ‘04 10/22/04 Submission (Armbar)
Win Renato Verissimo UFC 48-Payback 06/19/04 Unanimous Decision
Loss B.J. Penn UFC 46-Supernatural 01/31/04 Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Win Frank Trigg UFC 45-Revolution 11/21/03 Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Win Sean Sherk UFC 42-Sudden Impact 04/25/03 Unanimous Decision
Win Gill Castillo UFC 40-Vendetta 11/22/02 TKO (Cut)
Win Carlos Newton UFC 38-Brawl at the Royal Albert Hall 07/13/02 TKO (Strikes)
Win Hayato Sakurai UFC 36-Worlds Collide 03/22/02 TKO (Strikes)
Win Carlos Newton UFC 34-High Voltage 11/02/01 KO (Slam)
Win Steve Gomm EC 43-Extreme Challege 43 09/08/01 TKO
Win Hiromitsu Kanehara Rings-10th Anniversary 08/11/01 Majority Decision
Win Chatt Lavender EC 41-Extreme Challenge 41 07/13/01 Submission (Side Choke)
Win Scott Johnson EC 40-Extreme Challenge 40 06/16/01 KO
Win John Cronk Gladiators 14 05/11/01 Submission (Strikes)
Win Bruce Nelson FCC 4-Freestyle Combat Challenge 4 03/31/01 Submission (Strikes)
Win Brett Al-azzawi Rings USA-Battle of Champions 03/17/01 Submission (Armbar)
Loss Jose Landi-Jons Shidokan Jitsu-Warriors War 1 02/08/01 KO (Knee to the Head)
Loss Dennis Hallman UFC 29-Defense of the Belts 12/16/00 Submission (Armbar)
Win Maynard Marcum Rings Australia-Free Fight Battle 11/12/00 Submission (Keylock)
Win Robbie Newman Rings USA-Rising Stars Final 09/30/00 Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)
Win Chris Haseman Rings-Millenium Combine 3 08/23/00 Unanimous Decision
Win Joe Guist EC 35-Extreme Challenge 35 06/29/00 Submission (Armbar)
Win Marcelo Aguiar UFC 26-Ultimate Field of Dreams 06/09/00 TKO (Cut)
Win Shawn Peters EC 32-Extreme Challenge 32 05/21/00 Submission (Choke)
Win Alexandre Barros WEF 9-World Class 05/13/00 Unanimous Decision
Win Eric DaVilla SB 17-SuperBrawl 17 04/15/00 Submission (Keylock)
Win Jorge Pereira WEF 8-Goin’ Platinum 01/15/00 TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Win Daniel Vianna Independent Event 11/20/99 TKO (Slam)
Win LaVerne Clark EC 29-Extreme Challenge 29 11/13/99 Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Win Tom Schmitz EC 29-Extreme Challenge 29 11/13/99 Submission (Eye Injury)
Win Joe Doerksen EC 29-Extreme Challenge 29 11/13/99 Submission (Strikes)
Win Valeri Ignatov UFC 22-There Can Be Only One Champion 09/24/99 Decision
Win Akihiro Gono Shooto-10th Anniversary Event 05/29/99 Unanimous Decision
Win Erick Snyder JKD-Challenge 4 04/24/99 TKO (Slam)
Win Joe Stern EC 23-Extreme Challenge 23 04/02/99 Submission
Win Ryan Stout ES-Extreme Shootfighting 12/11/98 TKO (Towel)
Loss Dennis Hallman EC 21-Extreme Challenge 21 10/17/98 TKO (Guillotine Choke)
Win Dave Menne EC 21-Extreme Challenge 21 10/17/98 Decision
Win Victor Hunsaker EC 21-Extreme Challenge 21 10/17/98 TKO (Strikes)
Win Craig Quick JKD-Challenge 1 04/25/98 Submission (Strikes)
Win Erick Snyder JKD-Challenge 01/01/98 Submission (Slam)

Matt’s Titles & Awards


Monday, January 19th, 2009
Matt Hughes is the 9-time World Welterweight Champion of the UFC. With a record of 43-5, Matt has traveled the world and has become a household name amongst mixed martial arts fans. He has proven time and time again that ‘a country boy can survive.’ However, it hasn’t always been like that for Hughes. You see, Matt comes from humble beginnings…

Matt & Mark
Matt was born and raised in Hillsboro, a small town with a population of 4,500 that is located in south central Illinois. As youngsters, he and his twin brother Mark spent most of their time on the family farm playing and learning the importance of hard work. Matt often remembers being ‘volunteered’ by his father to help family friends on their farms and still recalls his dad driving home the principle that ‘You never take advantage of someone else’s misfortune.’

Matt and Mark’s participation in sports was quite limited while in junior high.   As a matter of fact, their junior high sports career only included the interschool wrestling tournament (Mark beat Matt in case you were wondering) and a couple of weeks of 6th grade track. The Hughes boys were needed during the fall and spring to help around the farm and, thus, had to hang up their spikes for work boots once the spring planting season began.

Matt (#40) and Mark (#42) in their senior year at Hillsboro High School
The twins both played football and wrestled during their high school days at Hillsboro. Matt and Mark both played running back and linebacker for the Toppers. In Matt’s senior year he ran for over 800 yards as he and Mark both earned All-Conference honors. However, it was on the wrestling mat where both young men found their home. Matt qualified for State as a freshman (135-pound class) on the wrestling team, beginning a streak of 4 years that saw Matt end each year at the Illinois State Championships in Assembly Hall on the University of Illinois’ campus.
During his junior and senior years in high school, Matt went undefeated and won back-to-back State championships in the 145-pound class. He had an impressive record over the final 3 years of his high school career. In those three years alone he totaled 131 wins against only 2 losses, both which came during his sophomore year (sophomore 43-2; junior 43-0; senior 45-0). His twin brother Mark was making a name for himself at the same time, finishing as the State runner-up during his senior campaign. The Hughes boys led Hillsboro to three 4th place team finishes as well.

Matt Wrestling

Uncertain of what to do upon graduation, both brothers attended Belleville Area College (BAC) for one year. At the conclusion of their freshman year at BAC, wrestling was cut as a varsity sport and, therefore, the twins found themselves continuing their wrestling careers at Lincoln College. Despite different locations the results were the same as Matt earned All-American status on the junior college circuit at both Belleville and Lincoln. Matt placed 5th in the 158-pound class as a freshman and 3rd in the same class a year later, while brother Mark was earning All-American honors of his own finishing 5th at 149. It was after his sophomore year that Matt accepted a scholarship to attend Eastern Illinois University (EIU) in Charleston, IL. Matt’s adjustment to the level of Division I athletics did not take long as he earned All-American status by way of his 8th place finish in his first year at EIU. He followed that up by placing 5th at the NCAA DI championships making him four for four. That is, each of the four years he wrestled in college, he earned All-American honors.

Once his collegiate eligibility ran out, Matt became an assistant wrestling coach at Eastern while also working as an electrician’s apprentice. It was during 1996 when friend, Chris Dwyer, approached Matt to fight at a small show at Madonna High School in the Chicagoland area. Matt won his first fight earning $100 in the process. Matt’s second fight did not come till a year later when he went back to the same show. After winning a second time, he teamed with manager Monte Cox. It was at this time when the fights became more frequent and after his sixth fight in the U.S. began traveling overseas. Since then, Matt has found himself fighting on the foreign soils of Japan, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Great Britain, as well as, from coast-to-coast and Hawaii in his home country.

It is no secret that Matt’s greatest opportunity to date in the octagon occurred during UFC 34 when he took the stage against the then-world-champion Carlos Newton. Hughes made the most of this opportunity, knocking out Newton in a come-from-behind victory; earning, for the first time, the belt and title as the “UFC World Welterweight Champion.”

The Time is Now
In 2004 Matt lost and regained his UFC title; however, it was the time sandwiched between those two fights that brought about the greatest changes in his life. About the time of Matt’s loss to BJ Penn, he started attending church with his long-time friend and fiancée, Audra Moore. Church was not new to Matt, but it had been some time since he attended on a regular basis. You see, he and his brother had grown up going to church with their mother, but by the time high school came around their attendance became nonexistent. At nearly the same time, Mark and his wife Emily began looking for a church in which to raise their family. Though unplanned by them, both brothers found themselves attending the same church. Shortly thereafter, Mark Hughes surrendered his life to Jesus and was baptized.

Matt married Audra on July 9th and was intently seeking answers to many spiritual questions. During a Texas Hold ’Em game at the family farm, he was asked if he would like to help out on a youth group mission trip to a Mexican orphanage named Rancho 3M. He and his brother both committed that night to going, although Matt later confessed his intentions of going were not because of God, but rather because he likes hard work, he likes helping people and enjoys hanging out with some of his new church friends. Needless to say, God had other plans.

While at the orphanage Matt came across a picture inspired by William Booth called “Who Cares?” Fascinated by the picture, he asked others who they thought they were in the picture and maybe, more importantly, who they thought he was. In the picture, a platform of people are surrounded by a raging sea. While those on the platform remain safe, many are drowning in the tempest surrounding them. Matt came to the conclusion that if he were indeed in the picture, then he was amongst those drowning in the water.

Who Cares?
On the last evening of the trip at the base of McKelligan Canyon just outside El Paso, TX, Matt was encouraged by his twin brother Mark to take God up on his offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. About the same time Mark was challenging Matt to stop delaying his decision by saying, “The time is now,” Matt was humbly asking Jesus to be Lord and Savior of his life.

His favorite verse comes from 1 Timothy 1:15-16:

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.”

Since that night at the canyon, Matt regained the Welterweight Championship by submitting Georges St. Pierre in October 2004 and successfully defended it against Frank Trigg in their historic April 2005 rematch. In addition, he was one of the coaches for the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, which aired in late-2005. In 2006, Matt saw a tremendous surge in popularity and recognition with his high-profile victory over Royce Gracie in May and his victory over BJ Penn in September. In November 2006, he lost the welterweight belt to Georges St. Pierre in a 2nd round TKO (technical knock-out); but is well on his way to regaining that title with his recent victory over Chris Lytle at UFC 68.

Outside of maintaining his fighting career, Matt has volunteered his time to helping the young people of Hillsboro, traveled back to Rancho 3M for other mission trips and has become an active member of The First Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro. Matt currently lives in Hillsboro, IL with his wife Audra, son Joey and daughter Hanna Grace.