Pic: Matt Hughes flies to Africa, kills giant antelope

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ThaAxeMurderer7
9/19/12 9:01:27PM
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes is enjoying life outside the Octagon, taking his son on a recent expedition to Africa. One that included bagging and tagging a bunch of exotic animals that can't be found in the woods of Illinois.

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prophecy033
9/19/12 9:06:21PM
Oooooooohhhhhhhhh, Dan Hardy's not gonna like this!!!!!!
ThaAxeMurderer7
9/19/12 9:06:32PM
I'd like to get the PG's reaction to this. I understand hunting for food but to me this is ridiculous. In addition to the antelope, Matt and his son also killed a zebra and a wildebeest. What are they going to do with the dead animals? They can't take them back to the States. I'm not a PETA advocate but this makes me angry.
ThaAxeMurderer7
9/19/12 9:07:23PM

Posted by prophecy033

Oooooooohhhhhhhhh, Dan Hardy's not gonna like this!!!!!!



Yeah, he's already responded on twitter.
Shawn91111
9/19/12 9:08:27PM
Personal opinion on it, if its not for food, whats the point. Not something I agree with
Budgellism
9/19/12 9:08:46PM




I'm not condoning this, but god damn those are some big ass animals.
Budgellism
9/19/12 9:18:40PM
It's true though. There was no need to kill these things. Hunting is something I've always wanted to try but this is taking it to a level where it doesn't need to be taken. Most of my family is from Newfoundland and the majority of the men hunt. No one ever shoots without the intent to eat. Moose, rabbit, all that good stuff. They don't go around shooting shit just for the hell of it. That's where Hughes crosses the line imo.

And the zebra just sticks out in my head. Who the fuck shoots a zebra?

EDIT: Check this out if you didn't see the link at the bottom. There's a bunch of pictures on his website.

LINK

Here's a comment from his website explaining Hughes' response to the question about where the meat went.

NateR Says:
September 19th, 2012 at 12:38 pm
Matt responded to the question of what was done with the meat in the forums:

http://www.matt-hughes.com/forums/showpost.php?p=194934&postcount=6

“In Africa when you kill any animal the ranch keeps the meat and the hunter gets the hide and skull. when we were there we ate meat from hunts before us so we did get to try different animals. everything we had tasted very good. i think thats a good way to do it though. if i would have got the meat of the animals i would have donated it to a village. they waste nothing over there and have plenty of need for food.”
MALICE
9/19/12 9:27:12PM

Posted by ThaAxeMurderer7

I'd like to get the PG's reaction to this. I understand hunting for food but to me this is ridiculous. In addition to the antelope, Matt and his son also killed a zebra and a wildebeest. What are they going to do with the dead animals? They can't take them back to the States. I'm not a PETA advocate but this makes me angry.



I'm sure he will take the hides back to the states and have them mounted for trophies. I do hunt, and I do fish. I do not waste anything, and I'm sure nothing is wasted on the hunts in Africa. Many people love hunting and fishing and experience an extreme rush from doing so. I do not enjoy killing animals, but hunting and fishing is something I choose to do. I will admit there are some disturbed savages out there who kill anything in site; these savages give other hunters a bad reputation.
Budgellism
9/19/12 9:36:01PM

Posted by prophecy033

Oooooooohhhhhhhhh, Dan Hardy's not gonna like this!!!!!!



When is open season on ignorant, red neck, misguided, phony-Christian assholes? I would love to shoot some of those. matt-hughes.com/blog1/2012/09/

— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) September 19, 2012
Budgellism
9/19/12 9:40:05PM

Posted by Budgellism

It's true though. There was no need to kill these things. Hunting is something I've always wanted to try but this is taking it to a level where it doesn't need to be taken. Most of my family is from Newfoundland and the majority of the men hunt. No one ever shoots without the intent to eat. Moose, rabbit, all that good stuff. They don't go around shooting shit just for the hell of it. That's where Hughes crosses the line imo.

And the zebra just sticks out in my head. Who the fuck shoots a zebra?



Kinda wish I posted this after I had all the facts. Even the zebra part. Apparently hunting zebra in Africa is a big thing. Definitely not my thing, but who am I to judge.
jae_1833
9/19/12 9:50:12PM
Looks like he is retired and enjoying it with his family.
MALICE
9/19/12 9:53:29PM

Posted by Budgellism


Posted by prophecy033

Oooooooohhhhhhhhh, Dan Hardy's not gonna like this!!!!!!



When is open season on ignorant, red neck, misguided, phony-Christian assholes? I would love to shoot some of those. matt-hughes.com/blog1/2012/09/

— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) September 19, 2012



Hypocrisy at it's finest. He is accusing others of being "phony" Christians for hunting animals yet he goes on to say he would like to shoot humans.
Cooler
9/19/12 10:19:21PM

Posted by Dan Hardy

When is open season on ignorant, red neck, misguided, phony-Christian assholes? I would love to shoot some of those. matt-hughes.com/blog1/2012/09/



Actually it is pretty Christian to kill any animal you want (including homo sapiens in some cases). According to the theology "This is man's dominion and he can kill whatever animals he likes and he can treat the planet however he chooses because god gave it to man" ...Not saying I agree with that at all because it's nonsense since man is an animal himself and it does matter how we treat the planet and the other animals. But cmon Hardy, you're not coming off very knowledgeable on the subject by saying what Hughes is doing makes him a Phony-Christian to hunt animals. It is in fact in his holy book that he can hunt all he likes without heavenly intervention, whether that's a good thing or not is not really what I'm addressing.. I don't agree with this bronze age gibberish but I thought I'd straighten out the mess that Dana will probably want to "have a sit down" with you about later this week.
State_Champ
9/19/12 10:22:19PM

Posted by Shawn91111

Personal opinion on it, if its not for food, whats the point. Not something I agree with



I think it is food, just not for Hughes.
Hughes gets the trophy parts (hide, antlers, etc...).
infestructure
9/19/12 10:24:33PM
I've hunted many times in the past. Some game animals are pests in NZ, like Red Deer and Wild Goats, as they destroy native flora and their numbers have gotten out of hand. I have no qualms about culling a pest, but if these guys are killing these animals for a fucking photo op, that's pretty sick. That antelope wasn't harming anything.
george112
9/19/12 10:33:49PM
When I read the thread title I was already thinking how I was gonna post about this bothering me for some reason


I personally have been hunting a few times. Hog hunting that is. It's a needed thing around here in Texas.


However I think taking big game like with a rifle is cowardly. Anyone can get behind a fireman and shoot a bullet an kill an animal. Its TOO easy.


I feel like animals .especially big animals like that deserve some respect from us humans. Give it a fair shake and hunt with a bow. If you can't kill it with a bow then concede defeat and try again some other time. Don't take the easy way out and use a rifle.


Pansy.


We are lucky as humans really. Top of the food chain. Nothing to put us in our place. Nobody can even imagine being hunted by some higher species. Being made to do things. Makes me sick
Chael_Sonnen
9/19/12 10:58:31PM
Hey, what ever happened to hunting good 'ole fashion BEAVER
kopower
9/19/12 11:03:04PM
Not a big fan of hunting, unless it's necessary to manage a population. MN has recently opened hunting on wolves, because there numbers have grown substantially. I don't like it, but understand why it's needed.

In Matt's case, I don't like trophy hunting, especially with big animals. It is legal, and thousands of people do it, so he shouldn't receive too much negativity. At least it sounds like the whole animal was harvested though.
kopower
9/19/12 11:04:26PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen

Hey, what ever happened to hunting good 'ole fashion BEAVER



I'm interested to hear about your next hunt Chael. What's gonna be on the menu?
Chael_Sonnen
9/19/12 11:09:52PM

Posted by kopower


Posted by Chael_Sonnen

Hey, what ever happened to hunting good 'ole fashion BEAVER



I'm interested to hear about your next hunt Chael. What's gonna be on the menu?



I'm currently on the hunt for "someone" with the initials JJ that rhymes and acts like a VJJ and smells like a whopper.....rumor has it it's located in New Mexico

To be continued.....well, it looks like I might have to go to Toronto to collect.
Bubbles
9/19/12 11:47:09PM

Posted by george112
We are lucky as humans really. Top of the food chain. Nothing to put us in our place. Nobody can even imagine being hunted by some higher species. Being made to do things. Makes me sick



tcunningham
9/20/12 12:28:52AM

Posted by ThaAxeMurderer7

I'd like to get the PG's reaction to this. I understand hunting for food but to me this is ridiculous. In addition to the antelope, Matt and his son also killed a zebra and a wildebeest. What are they going to do with the dead animals? They can't take them back to the States. I'm not a PETA advocate but this makes me angry.



i dont mind them doing this. the meat doesnt go to waste even if it is given away to other people to eat. plus they didnt kill any endangered animals and did it all legally.

i watched a show about hunting elephants and doing it legally. at first this sounded absurd because of the scarcity of the species but there was special circumstances. there was a bull elephant that was old and mean to the younger males. he kept the other elephants from mating with the females and ultimately stopping the growth of the population. they let hunters take the elephant out in turn made sure the heard would start to grow again. so killing one endangered animal resulted in many others being born. even if the hunters used it as purely trophy killing there was a much better outcome. just thought i would share that.
cowcatcher
9/20/12 12:34:12AM
I'm not a hunter, but I have no real problem with this. I have some friends in South Africa and they regularly eat zebra, antelope, etc. It's their version of BBQ, they call it a braai, and I'm guessing tis was not only a chance for Matt to do some sport hunting and get trophies, but also to try some foods you don't normally get here. With the lack of food in a lot of parts of Africa, I'm sure the meat was eaten so waste probably isn't an issue here. If you're against sport hunting in general, there's nothing I can say to change your mind though. Different strokes for different folks.
Boo_Radley21
9/20/12 12:36:29AM
Can't say I like the idea of it but to each their own. It would be a better picture if he were right next to its head. he could be like fifty feet back there
Aether
9/20/12 1:31:39AM
I think it's a disgusting and pretty cowardly practice. I can't really see what enjoyment people get out of just killing things solely for the "fun" of doing it. That's what serial killers do, kill things because it gives them a sense of power.

If you're going to hunt for food, that's fine, animals eat other living things to survive. This isn't a "sport" sitting in a tree or vehicle where the animal can't see you, fight back, or do anything and you take a high powered rifle and shoot the thing in the head from the safety of your perch. It really isn't a sport. People who are proud of murdering things for no reason are pathetic and disgusting people as far as I'm concerned.



-edit-
It makes me extremely angry, just in case that wasn't clear. I mean, if you can take a gun and go shoot living things without any valid reason, why shouldn't someone else be able to take a gun and shoot you for no reason?
BigBadAl
9/20/12 5:19:35AM

Posted by MALICE


Posted by Budgellism


Posted by prophecy033

Oooooooohhhhhhhhh, Dan Hardy's not gonna like this!!!!!!



When is open season on ignorant, red neck, misguided, phony-Christian assholes? I would love to shoot some of those. matt-hughes.com/blog1/2012/09/

— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) September 19, 2012



Hypocrisy at it's finest. He is accusing others of being "phony" Christians for hunting animals yet he goes on to say he would like to shoot humans.



Not really hypocrisy as Hardy does not claim to be a Christian.
Poor_Franklin
9/20/12 6:01:06AM
my best friend in high school's father is a multi millionaire & he went to Africa to "hunt". i found out afterwards that "hunting" meant being driven up to the animal he wanted to kill & shooting it from about 15-25 yards distance. if this is what matt & his son did, then i am not surprised bc i expect nothing less from him. But if he shot the animal, from a good range, & it was in a wild habitat & not in a contained area, then i have no problem with it.

ok, im fucked up so i will admit to not reading everything in the thread. honestly, im probably going to forget i posted in this thread & might forget to check the feedback. if you care about my opinion on Hughes, check out the who do you hate most thread posted yesterday.

airkerma
9/20/12 10:07:50AM

Posted by BigBadAl


Posted by MALICE


Posted by Budgellism


Posted by prophecy033

Oooooooohhhhhhhhh, Dan Hardy's not gonna like this!!!!!!



When is open season on ignorant, red neck, misguided, phony-Christian assholes? I would love to shoot some of those. matt-hughes.com/blog1/2012/09/

— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) September 19, 2012



Hypocrisy at it's finest. He is accusing others of being "phony" Christians for hunting animals yet he goes on to say he would like to shoot humans.



Not really hypocrisy as Hardy does not claim to be a Christian.


I believe he is bhuddist, as he has a tat on his stomach that they photo shopped out when he fought GSP to avoid pissing off China at the time. I'm sure there is some level of hypocrisy, but I don't think he was calling Hughes a phony Christian for hunting, just a phony Christian in general. I agree with much that people have said so far. I definitely would be butthurt about it if the meat was all wasted, but if not, then there isn't really a crime against nature. As for calling it sport...I don't get it either if you're using a superior weapon that shouldn't miss unless you really suck, it doesn't seem much like sport. It would be more sporting if he chased them around with a pistol, kind of like something you could imagine in It's Always Sunny.
Franklinfan47
9/20/12 11:30:18AM
I have many friends that hunt, but I dont believe in it personally. Half the time they attract unsuspecting deer or bears with bait and then shoot them from a high hide. To me, thats not hunting, just killing.

"Wow, that bear looks so much better with its head cut off then roaming majestically in the wilderness".

This just makes me dislike Hughes even more, if it were possible.

But Dan Hardy
DancingDoll
9/20/12 11:45:06AM

Posted by Poor_Franklin

my best friend in high school's father is a multi millionaire & he went to Africa to "hunt". i found out afterwards that "hunting" meant being driven up to the animal he wanted to kill & shooting it from about 15-25 yards distance. if this is what matt & his son did, then i am not surprised bc i expect nothing less from him. But if he shot the animal, from a good range, & it was in a wild habitat & not in a contained area, then i have no problem with it.




This is exactly right. Big exotic game quarantined (ie. trapped) on a 'hunting reserve' where little boys who want to feel like big men from around the globe can come over, be driven around and get to fire a rifle and watch a beautiful animal die for a nice photo op and something to mount on the wall back home. These 'reserves' are well-stocked so big kills are guaranteed in the shortest amount of hunting time. You pay the cash, they set you up with something big to shoot.

Sorry, DD is *not* impressed.

I get that hunting for food happens, but this is sport hunting first and foremost and totally ego-driven. What kind of BBQs are they having on those reserves, anyway? I think people are deluding themselves if they think all that meat is being used. Maybe a few choice cuts butchered here and there but those animals are *huge* and the reserve primarily makes its money from all the rich white foreigners who pay top $$ to run around shooting animals and taking pictures. How many animals are killed on an average day - and how big are the stomachs at their resort restaurants. Let's call a spade a spade - it's sport hunting - that's where the money and priority is, and that's the focus.

Shooting a defenceless animal on a game reserve with a gun and watching it die doesn't impress. Taking a picture and then stuffing and hanging it's head on your wall at home is even more pathetic. Anyone can do it. Even a six year old. How is that cool?

Just my opinion.


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