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Saturday, 10/27/2012, 12:36 pm

Hughes Defends Hunting Practices: The Law & The Bible Say I Can | UFC NEWS

“They can think whatever they want. But as far as, by the law, I’m right. You can’t see anything in the Bible [that says I’m wrong]. By the law and by the Bible, I’ve not done anything wrong. And if I haven’t conflicted with either one of those, I can live my life the way I want to. That’s my answer. When you go to Africa, I had to pay to shoot these animals. But, when you kill an animal, you get the hide and the horns. All the meat stays with the outfitter and it feeds the people there. So I wasn’t entitled to any of the meat. I shot six animals: kudu, gemsbok, eland, red hartebeest, black wildebeest, blue wildebeest. [My son] shot a kudu, gemsbok, zebra, impala, and bushbuck. So, we had a great time. It was a great bonding moment. He’s 13 years old, so of course he’s never going to forget this. And he can’t wait to go back to Africa sometime.”

Avid huntsmen, Matt Hughes, recently took part in’s “The MMA Hour.”

While on the show he discussed the hunting practices he and his family employ when on vacation to such places like the continent of Africa.

Hunting is often frowned upon by much of humanity, however in this statement Hughes defends his right to shoot animals for trophy sport and cites the law and religion for reasons why he sees no wrong doing.


73 Responses to “Hughes Defends Hunting Practices: The Law & The Bible Say I Can | UFC NEWS”

  1. Crimsonxredguitarman says:

    Matt’s one of my favorite fighters, but I don’t agree with him on animal hunting. He’s an old stubborn mule. Like Dan Hardy said, “If it’s not right to kill a human, it shouldn’t be right to kill an animal.” Animals eat and sleep which are their only intentions. When humans don’t kill animals to eat, they kill animals with bad intentions. People like Matt just have hatred for animals. We can’t kill all the animals in the world or else we can’t eat. He needs to educate himself on that.

    • T.DADDY says:

      I guess you missed the part where he said all the meat goes to the people to feed them.. I bet you eat meat right? So STFU!

    • The Bear Jew says:

      You eat meat but don’t hunt. Hughes hunts and helps the local people, So that makes Hughes a bad person????? Messed up thinking on your part. Hunters help preserve the environment and keep the animal population healthy. FYI wild animal meat is better for you than farm raised cattle. No steroids or unnatural antibiotics added to it.

    • Jasplanet says:

      U laxy f*ck Hughes didnt even get to eat the meat the locals did, and the hunting is regulated and needed to finance the costs for protecting animals from hunters (who doesnt pay).
      Hughes is so badass that he helps the animals live a safe and protected life, by killing them

    • Trevor Mackenzie says:

      How can you possibly think that makes sense in way. I am an avid hunter and its not just killing animals. Hunting is a way to control animal population and provide food. Do you not eat meat or fish or eggs? Hunting keeps animal number at balance thats why there are seasons and limits on animals available for taking so that way there is always a healthy population. Hunting is a privilege and is very enjoyable. If you take a minute to look at hunting and what it does you may re think it. And btw I am an animal lover as well have several pets and I hunt as much as possible.

  2. not nick diaz says:

    All the meat went to the locals,get off Hughes back and go find a way to make your tofu taste like a

    • Red says:

      “go find a way to make your tofu taste like a”
      I eat meat. Get your facts right punk.

      • Mac says:

        I think that’s his point about your hypocrisy…..You hide behind the fact that someone else does your killing for you, in a slaughter house……Hughes meat is free range, killed under fair conditions…..Your meat gets herded down a shoot, where someone uses an airhammer to knock it dead. Think you might be the punk and the coward criticizing Matt Hughes because he doesn’t let someone else do his killing for him.

        • yonder says:

          Do you hunt your meals? If you do, props to you. If you don’t what makes you better than red?

        • MooreUSMC says:

          How is hunting fair? There is nothing fair about a rifle. Ignorance is bliss. But in this case Hughes didn’t really do much wrong, unless you count intention which would be a but far out. Still hunting is wrong unless it’s a cattle animal or a population control mechanism.

      • Buka says:

        So, you have no problem eating an animal that was raised and killed specifically for human consumption but because Bambi got shot and killed in the wild it’s a travesty? Ignorant bastard.

  3. Will says:

    Man that blows you cant keep the meet you are practically paying them to allow you to shoot down their dinner.

    • Bob says:

      Well as long as the meat goes to good cause then I can accept the fact he hunts…

      Only way its good to kill animals is if they are a threat to you, they invade your property, or you are going to eat it. Make sure death is fast and swift..

      That is all.

  4. Action says:

    Man with a gun & a bible , is a very dangerous man (or Koran etc)

    • yeahrightman says:

      lol. I’ve always said hunting is for txt hungry and the stupid. Matt doesn’t look hungry… Listen I’m not against eating meat but I do have a problem with the getting pleasure out of killing. Also I’ve seen thee African hunting ranches you are basically shooting animals in a paddock. Hughes is a good fighter but he’s a bible hugging redneck. buff said.

  5. Donovan says:

    Both the law and the bible were written by man and which means they are both potentially flawed.

    Ill shove that gun up his ass and pull the trigger till it goes click click….lmao. Fuckin redneck!

  6. Jon says:

    What makes you think you have to hate an animal to kill it.

    Get this through your thick head…animals are not equal to humans. We’re their natural predators. If they’re not kept under population control then they will die much more horrible deaths from bacteria and various diseases. You liberal do gooder wannabes need to research the subject before stating your misinformed opinion.


    • MooreUSMC says:

      Ummm you’re kinda dumb. We aren’t natural predators to almost anything. Our bodies are designed to be more like the other great apes. Which rarely eat meat. To be something’s natural predator you actually have to be a predator. We are omnivous by the ultimate design of nature. Had we not killed all the natural predators of the world, we wouldn’t need to do any population control also it’s mainly starvation we save them from.

  7. Kalashnikov says:

    1st Africa is a continent.. so im sure he didnt hunt in the entire African continent. 2nd The kind of hunting Matt practices its not with any intent other than pleasure by killing. Its a fact that they feed the locals with that meat and in some parts even pay the hunters to erradicate overpopulation of anumals ( destroy agriculture ), but the hunter (Matt) intentsin this case, are purely pleasure by killing, so there isnt a big diference between that and a serial killer ( in my twisted mind ).

    Btw using the law ( made by man, and full of flaws ) and the bible ( wont comment to protect beliefs of some ) as excuse to justify his acts arent at all reasonable.

  8. Mac says:

    Contrary to what some of you brain dead suburban morons think, planned game hunting in Africa is one of the best species conservation strategies….The tens of thousands of dollars brought in by the hunting fees paid to the governments there gives them incentives to pay for game management, for rangers to prevent poaching, and programs to preserve endangered species. Controlled hunting actually preserves habitat, which would otherwise be destroyed through expanded farming……Those lands then get converted to preserves paid for by the money spent by people like Matt Hughes. So while you’re sitting on your candy ass’s complaining about killing animals, Hughes and folks like him are doing more to PRESERVE habitat in Africa than all of you morons combined!

    • Mac says:

      To sum it up, Hughes trip alone probably resulted in $80,000.00 being pumped in to the local economy……It makes conservation desireable by these countries, and the meat goes to feed local tribesman to offset the need for expanded farming and encroachment on habitat…….But don’t let reality get in the way of simplistic minded Saturaday morning cartoon PETA braindead thinking.

  9. Alistair Overeem says:


    ….and I don’t do steroids….

  10. Sander says:

    that guy is suck a fucking biblethumping cunt i hate him

  11. sanders dad says:

    Sander ur mad cuz u dont get attention. Matt would beat u to death, so shut up or die loser

  12. dante080 says:

    I’m pretty sure most of humanity doesn’t think hunting is wrong. Because most people eat meat. And if you somehow think that shooting an animal is wrong but having it bludgeoned to death in a factory is ok then your a god damn idiot.

    • Dick Niaz says:


      As a vegan who has watched some fine films such as “Meet your meet” I say as long as people are going to eat what they shoot, then fuck it, go hunt. People eat meat, I don’t personally, but since others do, it might as well be as painless as possible for the animal. A bullet that you never saw coming is much nicer than being hung upside down and having your throat slit while still alive, or having your beak cut off at birth or living your whole life walking sleeping and eating in a huge pile of your own shit.

      At least the animals that left the world with a little help from Mr Hughes and son’s hunting rifles got to see sunlight, get laid and breathe fresh air. Sadly you can’t say the same for any meat that you get at KFC, Boston Market or McDonalds.

  13. Smokesalot says:

    First, I eat meat. Love that shit. But when they kill a cow they do it with a bolt to the head, the animal is killed instantly. The problem I have with hunting is its not sporting. If Hughes went after that animal with a samari sword or spear, that would be sporting (and fucking awesome) and I would have no problem with that. Shooting a gigantic animal eating grass from 1/4 mile with a high powered rifle IS NOT sporting, its fucking bullshit. Peace out, im going to Outback steak house.

    • Sasquatch says:

      200 grain Accubond going 2900 fps to the head works way better then a bolt… at least wild animals don’t know what hit them and got to live a free life. Go tour a slaughter house I guarantee you’ll never eat store bought meat again.

    • Dick Niaz says:

      go to 6:16

      Watch the cow (still alive) that is hanging upside down by its feet that gets stabbed and twitches while it bleeds out, alive and conscious, then tell me about how much more humane it is to kill cows that way rather than the bullet.

      You carnivores can eat whatever you want, I don’t give a fuck, but it seems that many of you don’t have a clue about what happens to your food before it gets to your plate.

      • Smokesalot says:

        I concede that a lot of slaughter houses don’t do it the right way. And that Ive consumed animals that have died a slow painful death. They are breaking the law (if in the us) in doing so. However my argument is that most hunting is not “sporting”. An animal vs a rifle. I really want to see somebody man up and hunt that fucking thing with a spear, like a boss. I have no respect for lining up an animal with your scoped rifle while its sitting there eating grass. Do that shit caveman style.

        • Not You says:

          You people gobble that PETA shit up like its the undying truth. You think they don’t have their own agenda they are pushing. They find the WORST slaughter houses on Earth to film a put that shit out like all slaughter houses are like that. And simpletons like you just accept it at face value, here’s an independent study I just did, plants are alive, and vegans are a bunch of inhumane plant killing monsters. Plants suffer all the time when you eat them alive, or boil them to death in salads.

  14. Sasquatch says:

    Right on Matt hope I can go to Africa some day with my son!… ditch chicken’s (grouse) will do for now. I went out hunting this morning and was lucky enough to shoot a nice fat three point columbia blacktail… good eater!!

    • smokesalot says:

      Use a spear pussy. Give the animal a chance at you, dont you want a challenge? Connect with your inner caveman, coward. (Samari sword also acceptable.)

      • Sasquatch says:

        Uneducated idiot… yeah using a spear or sword is real humane. smh

        • Smokesalot says:

          Who said shit about humane? My whole argument is based on whats SPORTING! Shooting animal with high powered rifle from safe distance, is NOT SPORTING. SPEAR, thats fucking BOSS and sporting. It also gives the animal a chance to run away or come after you. (BONUS points for samari sword)

        • Sasquatch says:

          Didn’t know we were debating “SPORTING”… you mentioned “bolt to the head, killed instantly”, figured you may be implying shooting animals was inhumane. The deer I shot this morning I spined him at the base of the neck killing him instantly… harvesting game humanely is important to me. How about archery?, I’ve taken multiple deer with my bow.

  15. urAHLgae says:

    damn tree huggin animal lovin whores…who gives a sh** if he hunts…he can do watever the f*** he wants as long as he aint breakin the law…pull the stick outta ur asses and shove it up ur p*ssies

  16. Dont see the problem says:

    Animals arent people they are there to be hunted and eaten. So who gives an absolute fuck if he hunts. Let him. Dan hardy is a moron to say u cnt kill ppl so u shudnt kill animals. Not the same at all. He isnt killing endagered animals so whats the fucking problem

  17. GRT 3000 says:

    well if the Bible says it ok, than have at er’ LOL I don’t have anything against hunting whatsoever, but if he feels the need to justify it he should use something better than the hunk of cheese bible. People have justified wiping out entire races based on their interpretations from that dangerous and complete bullshit fairytale (cover to cover) bible. I wipe my ass with that thing.

  18. bible says:

    Seriously hes using the bible to justify his actions. Guess what happened previously when people used the bible to justify actions. Millions of Native Americans were killed for not being christian. Millions of Muslims were killed during the crusades and it was all justified by the bible. Yeah good going. Idiot

    • ASDF says:

      +1,000. It’s his whole thought process. Because…. the Bible said so. What happened to critical thinking. Just say you want to. I’ll still disagree, in my personal opinion, as it’s not something I’d ever do. But to get to his answer,…. the Bible said it’s okay. Well, Mormons say a lot of stuff too, which I’m not going into here, so I’m pretty sure, the planet Kobul exists. American thinking scares me sometimes. I strongly believe you guys will be the end of your own doing. Karma’s a bitch.

  19. Smokesalot says:

    @sasquach I mentioned the bolt thing b/c the guy above me was talking about animals being bludgeoned to death. You are right many slaughter houses dont do it the right and legal way, but when done right the animals are killed instantly which they should be. I was watching Shawn Michaels hunting show, he was hunting American buffalo on Indian land. He spotted one who was just standing there grazing. Lined him up with his rifle and shot him right through the heart, and I was like WTF? I said to myself, that shit aint right. I have much more respect for the bow, that shit takes serious skill and is much more of a challenge. Now a days you have hunters who set up salt licks 50 feet from a stand and just cap the thing.

  20. Sergio says:

    man(our not?) Covarde is better,

    It’s not a sport, is a bad habits, nowadays just IDIOTS do that, like you.

  21. Black Jesus says:

    All respect lost when the bible is used for the excuse to be a piece of shit.

  22. 123 says:

    if you kill a wild animal to feed people then its ok.. but nowadays people kill lions, tigers, bears, gorillaz, etc.. just to sell its fur, thats wrong.

  23. Josiah says:

    @GRT’re gonna wish you hadn’t said that last part..

    • GRT 3000 says:

      hahaha…why?! What if I prescribe to another religion? Does it give the right of a vengeful god to then punish me when I have nothing to do with that religion? What if I’m agnostic? atheist? Don’t threaten me little boy, that’s all that bible does is threaten; I am not afraid and most…I want nothing to do with it.

  24. Unknown says:

    “We are predators” then why do we need guns, cars, trackers and helicopters etc to kill a wild animal? Some people are completely lame. “Kiss the dog and kill rabbit”. It’s complete idiocracy. And to use some old book to feel better is weird. Who cares what the bible says?? Very few people living today follow it anyway. “It’s easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to get through the heavenly gates” or whatever…. Kill all the animals Matt, they’re not equal to humans. So “Jon” says.

    • really... says:

      Why do we need bows, or spears, or rocks? You are ignorant. He hunts for fun and sport but none of the meat is wasted. It is what helps keep people fed in that part of Africa. They need people to come and hunt these animals for them dumbass.

      This is the nature of the human beast. Don’t like it? Then kill yourself.

  25. dw420 says:

    Tisk tisk tisk…

  26. Fags says:

    killing animals is sweet and nessecary, whoever disagrees can get out

  27. maui says:

    LOL When the economy finally dies and and these grocery store fastfood joints and restaurant shuts down we are goin primitive. We are goin to look for hunters like Matt Hughes Ted Nugent hell anyone who can hunt to get some meat. So all those who hate why people like matt hughes who hunt get real doesn’t matter if its with a gun or a spear or even a sword. OR better yet turn vegetarian. this way we have more to hunt for!

  28. Thom says:

    Yeah, the bible and the law are such great sources of morality.

  29. Aussie proud says:

    The bible and law says Matt Hughes is a fuckin faggot ,, amen :)

  30. Tim says:

    Nothing Wrong with Hunting Get off Matts balls

  31. Inuk says:

    Hmm…very few men here. Hughes is the Man. Whats gonna happen when your economy fades or dies and money means nothing?. I Cant imagine how hundreds of millions of you who cant hunt will survive. Eat your money?. Good for Matt. #Skills, #Hunter. Awesome hobby, will surely benefit him in the long run.

  32. Xaninho says:

    “I shot six animals: kudu, gemsbok, eland, red hartebeest, black wildebeest, blue wildebeest. [My son] shot a kudu, gemsbok, zebra, impala, and bushbuck. So, we had a great time.”

    That part is just sickening. I wish it wouldn’t be illegal to hunt him down and shoot him right between the eyes.

  33. James Fender says:

    The bible also says, “Thou shalt not kill.” Remember those10 commandments? I guess Matt Hughes conveniently missed reading that part of the bible. That or the bible is contradicting itself.

  34. James Wolfe says:

    A beautiful animal gunned down, killed for nothing…what an idiot!!!

  35. TheTude says:

    this isnt an appropriate discussion for an MMA website

    • jeff says:

      True ,, wrong place for this type of discussion but I`ll toss some in ,, why not .. Shooting animals and shooting up trees with my assault rifles is my god loving,, bible thumping,, redneck rights and nobodies gonna take it away frum me !!! Nobody should fault me for wanting to shoot innocent animals ,, its real fun!! and I love teachin ma kids how to do it,, cuz its their god given right too!!.

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