Last month, I was inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. I received the George Tragos award for being “an exceptionally competitive wrestler who adapted his wrestling skills and competitive nature to excel in Mixed Martial Arts.”
Here is a photo of me with Dan Gable:
Me and Larry Hennig:
And a couple of other photos:
Also, I’ll be appearing at the Central Illiana Outdoor Expo on August 17th and 18th. Here is the poster for the event and you can go to centralillianaoutdoorexpo.com for more information:
Finally, my buddy Marcus is coming out with his movie based on his best-selling book, Lone Survivor. Here is the trailer for the film:
The Bible verse for this week:
“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.” (James 1:12)
Someone sent me this email and I thought it was worth sharing with everybody:
The world’s largest army…America’s hunters!
I had never thought about this…
A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:
There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin.
Allow me to restate that number:
Over the last several months, Wisconsin’s hunters became the eighth largest army in the world.
More men under arms than in Iran.
More than France and Germany combined.
These men deployed to the woods of a single American state, Wisconsin, to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed.
That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan’s 700,000 hunters, all of whom have now returned home safely. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world. And then add in the total number of hunters in the other 46 states. It’s millions more.
America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower.
Hunting… it’s not just a way to fill the freezer. It’s a matter of national security.
That’s why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed.
Food for thought, when next we consider gun control.
Overall it’s true, so if we disregard some assumptions that hunters don’t possess the same skills as soldiers, the question would still remain…
What army of 2 million would want to face 30, 40, 50 million armed citizens???
(IF YOU AGREE, AS I DO, PASS IT ON, I FEEL GOOD THAT I HAVE AN ARMY OF MILLIONS WHO WOULD PROTECT OUR LAND AND I SURE DON’T WANT THE GOVERNMENT TAKING CONTROL OF THE POSSESSION OF FIREARMS)
For the sake of our freedom, don’t ever allow gun control or confiscation of guns.
Also, here are a few farming-related Bible verses:
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12:24)
Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. (Hebrews 6:7)
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. (James 5:7-8)
HALL OF FAMER MATT HUGHES JOINS UFC FRONT OFFICE AS VICE PRESIDENT OF ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Matt Hughes, the legendary Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) Hall of Famer and former two-time welterweight champion, officially announced his retirement from UFC competition today. He has eagerly accepted a new role as he joins the organization’s front office, taking the newly created position of Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations.
To coincide with this appointment, UFC has also created a clear set of athlete guidelines, or Conduct Policy, memorializing the values long held by the organization. As ambassadors of the sport and the organization, UFC athletes have always been held to a high standard. The UFC recognizes that athletes face both professional and personal pressures, and with health and safety paramount, the Conduct Policy coupled with the new resource Hughes will provide in his role, best positions UFC athletes for a successful career and post-UFC future.
“Hughes will be an invaluable resource for UFC athletes,” Lawrence Epstein, UFC COO, said. “Leveraging the background and expertise he gained over a Hall of Fame career, Hughes will be dedicated to providing guidance on a wide range of issues athletes face inside and outside of the Octagon®. This includes understanding the heightened social responsibility that comes with being in the public eye, to best practices when dealing with endorsements or managing finances, to the basic daily challenges of staying healthy during training, as well as the need to steer clear of illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs. In addition to his work with UFC athletes, Hughes will engage with state athletic commissions and international federations to provide regulatory insight from the perspective of a professional athlete.”
“This is something that the UFC is implementing because they really care about their athletes,” Hughes said. “I’ve experienced ups and downs in my career and found that the UFC has supported me every step of the way. I understand the pressures and responsibilities that go along with being a professional athlete. I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to provide insight and perspective on behalf of athletes and the organization.”
“Matt is one of those guys that was there from the early days and helped grow MMA to the modern, professional sport it is today,” UFC president Dana White said. “He has been in the sport since the late 1990s and really seen it all. Matt is a two-time world champion in the UFC, he’s coached The Ultimate Fighter® reality series twice, has fought all over the world and has been in every situation a fighter can be in. Matt’s expertise makes him highly qualified for this.”
As a two-time UFC welterweight champion (2001 to 2004, 2004 to 2006), Hughes brings a wealth of experience to the role. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University where he was a two-time All-American NCAA Division I wrestler, Hughes began his mixed martial arts career in 1998, and would go on to not only be the first man to regain the UFC’s welterweight championship, but also compete all over the United States as well as Japan, England, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait while cementing his reputation as one of the all-time greats. In recognition of his enormous contribution to the sport both inside and outside the Octagon, Hughes became the eighth man to be inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame in May 2010.
Hughes is also a successful businessman outside of the Octagon, having run an agricultural company parallel to his fighting career. His charitable and community involvement includes mentoring and helping young people of his hometown Hillsboro, Ill. travel for mission trips.
The announcement of Matt’s retirement starts at the 11:20 mark and ends at the 20:45 mark of the following video:
On July 4th, Joey and I left for Africa. We flew in to Johannesburg and then took a jumper flight to Port Elizabeth. All of our hunting was done in the country of South Africa. Joey and I had a great time, I got homesick, but Joey didn’t want to come home when the hunt ended. Here are the photos of the animals that we hunted.
My blue wildebeest:
Joey’s kudu, also called the Grey Ghost of Africa:
Joey’s trophy bushbuck:
My red hartebeest:
My eland (the biggest antelope on the planet):
My black wildebeest:
Me, Joey, and my cameraman Blake:
For my equipment, I used a Browning Medallion XBolt, chambered in .300 Win Mag. I shot a Barnes 180gr, all-copper bullet and I topped it with a Nikon 4-12 BDC reticle. Joey shot a Browning Micro Midas XBolt chambered in 7mm-08. He shot a Barnes 120gr, all-copper bullet and was topped with a Nikon 3-9 BDC reticle.
The Browning gun shot great, the Barnes bullets did their job well; but to be real honest I could not have done the trip without the BDC reticle. With those animals moving close and then sometimes running away, if my guide could get a range on them I could quickly look down and see what reticle to put on them.
This was the reticle as I looked through my scope, so between 100 and 534 yards I had a place to put my scope. Like I said before, I dont’ think my hunting trip would have been nearly as successful without Nikon’s BDC reticle. I shot trophy animals and to do that I had to use a little bit of range. Very few shots of mine were under 300 yards. Like everything else, I think confidence plays a big part in that. I’m very confident in my shooting and looking back I think I did great, but having the right equipment played the biggest part.
The Bible verse for this week:
Let us not grow weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)