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Sunday, July 29, 2007 - I hope all is well...
...for everyone out there. The family and I are doing great. My wife and I have been peas and carrots. We say that a lot to each other when we are getting along well. All relationships are rollercoaster rides filled with ups and downs.
The crops are a little thirsty but doing well. We also did some work on the farm pouring some concrete. You can go to the forums and see some pictures of that. Click here.
It seems that I always talk about something sad. I do not like doing that, but I have a family here locally that just this last week lost their 8 year old boy to the same disease that took their 9 year old boy two years ago. Me being a father this just kills me. It takes me back to my blog a couple weeks ago (July 01/07) about the doctor finding Jesus in the boy's heart. There just must be a reason for this. I do believe we are God's people, our children are God's children. With me having a 7 year old boy I know that it would be so hard to lose those two boys. I just pray that family rebounds and that God puts His spirit in them to know that He has a master plan. -Matt


Monday, July 23, 2007 - I'm finally home.
I've been working on the farm, spending time with my family, just doing the the things I love doing. I even think this is the first time I've been on my computer since I have been home.
Last Friday morning 19 of us went to a Promise Keepers event in Nashville, TN. We took a nice bus and stayed in a hotel for the two day event. The only bad thing was out of a town of around 4,500 only 19 went. $100 got you down there, your hotel room, and into the event. The bus would have held 56 people, and I wish that it was packed. If you have never been to a PK event you should go. The first speaker reminded me of the Gracie fight. Let me tell you why. Before I was to walk out and fight Royce we had our prayer in the locker room. I remember I was on one knee, holding my right hand was Tim Sylvia. I do not remember who on my left. What happened to me that day has never happened to me before or since. I was over come with the feeling of "not being worthy". God has blessed me so many ways family, friends, income, church, travel. I started shaking and weeping. I just kept wondering why me? When we all stood up everyone was wondering what was going on with me. I got it together and I tell you that there was not a welterweight in the world that was going to beat me that day.
Things are great here. My little Hanna turned one on Saturday. I will put some pictures up. God bless all of you. -Matt


Sunday, July 15, 2007 - Well, I'm done here.
Wish I could tell ya......
I leave in the morning with my family to go visit my brother-in-law for a couple days. Then I get to go HOME. Home to the farm. It sounds weird but I get to go and do some work. Before my family got out here I wanted to go home. I had a rough time on the show, a little homesick, and to be honest the thought of quitting ran across my mind. I then ran across this. Funny how things just pop out in front of you sometimes. I thank you all for the prayers. He heard you.
-Matt
Are you the fern, ...or the bamboo?

One day I decided to quit.... I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality..... I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

'God', I said. 'Can you give me one good reason not to quit?'

His answer surprised me...

'Look around', He said. 'Do you see the fern and the bamboo?'

'Yes', I replied.

'When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.'

He said. 'In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit.

In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit.

He said. 'Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant.

But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.'

He said to me. 'Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots. I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you. Don't compare yourself to others.'

He said. 'The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern, yet, they both make the forest beautiful.'

'Your time will come, 'God said to me. ' You will rise high!'

'How high should I rise?' I asked.

'How high will the bamboo rise?' He asked in return. 'As high as it can?' I questioned.

'Yes.' He said, 'Give Me glory by rising as high as you can.' I left the forest and brought back this story. I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you........

Never regret a day in your life.
Good days give you happiness.
Bad days give you experiences.
Both are essential to life.

Keep going...
Happiness keeps you sweet,
Trials keep you strong,
Sorrows keep you human,
Failures keep you humble,
Success keeps you glowing,
But only God keeps you going!


Sunday, July 08, 2007 - Happy 4th
I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. My family came out to Vegas on the 3rd. If you did not know, I'm taping the Ultimate Fighter 6. My wife did not want me to say anything until she got out here. My family and I spent the 4th here in Vegas. We had a great time. My wife thinks I forgot, but Monday the 9th is our three year anniversary. She gets up before me in the morning and will find a card and gift. (just to let you all know I would'nt just say "Happy anniversary, hun" as we brush our teeth in the morning.) Taping is going good. If you have any questions you could go to my forum and ask. Some of the people on there know more about what I do than me......
My brother says all is well on the farm. I get done here on the 16th and will be wanting to get on the farm ASAP. I just got a new .308 from DPMS Panther Arms and am looking forward to pulling the trigger a few times. Mark has been out trying to get a ground hog that is eating our beans. I guess I will have to show little brother how its done.
I thank God for all he has blessed me with, and I hope everyone who reads this feels the same way. No matter what is going on in life, it could be so much worse. -Matt


Sunday, July 01, 2007 - Still in Vegas
Well, my brother is out here to visit for a bit. Having him around is never dull. I'm sure Marc Fiore is not happy about him coming out. When my brother and I get together Marc usually gets picked on.
Some of you might not know, but Chris Benoit, his wife and young boy were found dead in their house a little over a week ago. Chris was a popular wrestler on the WWE. A very tragic story. There has been some talk of why God let the boy die. There is so much that we do not know or understand, but I do know that God knows best. That God has a plan for everything. I ran across this and thought it would be a good fit this week. -Matt
"Tomorrow morning," the surgeon began, "I'll open up your heart..."

"You'll find Jesus there," the boy interrupted.

The surgeon looked up, annoyed "I'll cut your heart open," he continued, "to see how much damage has been done..."

"But when you open up my heart, you'll find Jesus in there," said the boy.

The surgeon looked to the parents, who sat quietly. "When I see how much damage has been done, I'll sew your heart and chest back up, and I'll plan what to do next."

"But you'll find Jesus in my heart. The Bible says He lives there. The hymns all say He lives there. You'll find Him in my heart."

The surgeon had had enough. "I'll tell you what I'll find in your heart. I'll find damaged muscle, low blood supply, and weakened vessels. And I'll find out if I can make you well."

"You'll find Jesus there too. He lives there."

The surgeon left.

The surgeon sat in his office, recording his notes from the surgery, "...damaged aorta, damaged pulmonary vein, widespread muscle degeneration. No hope for transplant, no hope for cure. Therapy: painkillers and bed rest. Prognosis: here he paused, "death within one year."

He stopped the recorder, but there was more to be said. "Why?" he asked aloud. "Why did You do this? You've put him here; You've put him in this pain; and You've cursed him to an early death. Why?"

The Lord answered and said, "The boy, my lamb, was not meant for your flock for long, for he is a part of My flock, and will forever be. Here, in My flock, he will feel no pain, and will be comforted as you cannot imagine.

His parents will one day join him here, and they will know peace, and My flock will continue to grow."

The surgeon's tears were hot, but his anger was hotter. "You created that boy, and You created that heart. He'll be dead in months. Why?"

The Lord answered, "The boy, My lamb, shall return to My flock, for He has done his duty: I did not put My lamb with your flock to lose him, but to retrieve another lost lamb." The surgeon wept... The surgeon sat beside the boy's bed; the boy's parents sat across from him. The boy awoke and whispered, "Did you cut open my heart?"

"Yes," said the surgeon. "What did you find?" asked the boy.

"I found Jesus there," said the surgeon.


Monday, June 25, 2007 - Thinking of My Family
Things are good out here. My brother said we got plenty of rain for now. The corn sure was thirsty. I have been thinking of my family a lot, so I have a very powerful VIDEO and a email for you to read (I changed the sender's name to Jane Doe). I thank you all for the prayers you have said for me and my family. -Matt
All things are possible for God. I wanted to share a little bit of why I am writing to you and to perhaps give you and your family a little comfort. My daughter Hannah was born at only 24 weeks (She was what medicine calls Micro-Preemie). She was so small and so defenseless and I couldn’t even begin to imagine what would become of her.

I had to learn to be patient and wait on God for everything. God showed me that I needed to trust Him; that there was nothing else in the world but Him. I just didn’t know what to do. I was so torn inside because I had previously miscarried a baby. This was my little piece of heaven and I didn’t want God to take her away from me. She was going through so many things. Her eyes were fused together at birth. Her skin was as thin as paper. She was on a breathing machine, she had a little hole in her heart (which they treated and was ok after a while), and to top it all off, her small intestine was blocked/dead. At only two weeks of life, she was going through her first surgery. They gave us all the bad possibilities and hardly any hope. God on the other hand had another plan in mind. He guided the Doctors hand through surgery and she was still alive.
From there on, she began to develop normally and it looked like God was going to keep her healthy. At 2 months, she had a routine check and that is when they discovered that the blood vessels in her eyes were bleeding. She was diagnosed with Retinopathy of Prematurity. They told us that it was too soon to find out whether or not she had lost her sight. Surgery was the only way to prevent total blindness. Again, at only 2 months of age, she was in surgery. When the Doctor came back in after the surgery, they told us that they had been able to save both of her eyes. However, they said that she would not be able to see from certain angles because of the scaring of the blood vessels. Nevertheless, I trust that God will heal her and keep her in His hands.
Seek Him, and He will give you peace (Jeremiah 33:3 Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.) In the book of Deuteronomy 31 verse 6 its says, “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will be with you. He will not leave you or forget you.” Trust in Him he will be there for you. Remember that you can walk on water. Keep your eyes on Him and He will walk along with you.
Thank you so much for your time. Trust God! I cannot stress that enough. Trust Him. God Bless you and May his Mercy and Grace be with you.

Jane Doe

P. S. I wish you could see what she looked like at birth and what she looks like Now. She is a true fighter.


Sunday, June 17, 2007 - Happy Father's Day!
First thing I would like to say is "Happy Father's Day" to all the dads out there. The first thing I did this morning was make the calls I needed to my father, brother and a few other dads I know. I hope you guys got taken care of and treated like a king today.

We have been talking about the topic of "How you know you're a Christian, and what it means to be a Christian". I have done some research and asked a few friends that I trust. Here are a few readings that helped me answer my question:

Titus chapter 3, most importantly verse's 4-7:
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
Romans 8th chapter, 6th verse:
The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;
And the 3rd chapter of John verses 1 thru 21, when Jesus talks to Nicodemus.
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."
In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
"How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.
"You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things? I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."
I'm sure most of you have a Bible. If not, it is the most common and bestselling book in the world; so getting your hands on one should not be a problem.

The training is going great. The guys I'm working with are good guys that I really like to be around. I am getting in shape and having a good time doing it. The farm still needs rain. This proud father now says good-bye. -Matt


Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - Not much to say this week...
Been real busy that's why I didn't get the blog in on Sunday night. Training is going good, having a good time. The family's doing fine. Farm's doing good even though we need a little rain.
The next six weeks I'll be very busy. Just got a lot of things going on and I can't really talk about them.
Pretty boring blog this week, I know, but thanks for looking in and I'll have more to say next week. -Matt


Monday, June 04, 2007 - Had A Good Week
Memorial Day and the weekend went great. Spent it with a lot of family and hope everyone else had a great time as well.
This weekend was busy, Saturday we had a cook off in Hillsboro and Mark and I did well as a team. Out of three categories, we won two of them: Showmanship and Tasters' Choice; but not Judges' Choice. So, for our first year, I'm really happy with how we did. I made ribs and Mark made pork chops.
Sunday I spent the day with the family and finished up a lot of the work on my autobiography. Sunday was also a big day for me as a dad, Hanna was pushing a chair walking behind it, the first time I've seen her do that and later on that day, I had a baseball in my hand and she saw it and I told her it was a ball and she repeated the word "ball." So it was actually the first day she walked and repeated a word that I told her and I believe she actually understood that it was a ball in front of her. A lot of people have told me in the past that kids grow up too fast and now I know they are telling the truth. -Matt


Monday, May 28, 2007 - Happy Memorial Day!
First off, I want to wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day and to once again thank all of the troops serving overseas for being the heroes that they are and defending our freedoms everyday.
I also had this email sent to me and it's supposedly a quote from Jay Leno. Regardless of who wrote it, I definitely agree with the overall message that it sends. I'm not sure if I would have worded it so harshly in some parts, but it's really something to think about this Memorial Day as we remember all of those who have died to keep this country free:
The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In essence 2/3s of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change.

So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, "What we are so unhappy about?"

Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job? Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state? Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67 percent of you folks unhappy. Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S., yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the President who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The President who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same President who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The President that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks?

The Commander in Chief of an all-volunteer Army that is out there defending you and me? Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad?

Think about it......are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the "Media" told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.

Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an ''other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable'' discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans? Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by "justifying" them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane!

Stop buying the negativism you are fed everyday by the media. Shut off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad.

We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.

"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, "Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
Jay Leno
-Matt

Sunday, May 20, 2007
Some sad news, they dropped the wrestling program at Eastern Illinois University where I competed. I'm not completely sure why; but I've been told that they are going to try to get it reinstated.
This week will be a lot like last week for me. We do have all the corn in the ground, now we are working on the beans. I think I have the easy job around the farm as I can run around on the 4-wheeler and do small odds-n-end jobs. My brother seems to be in the tractor seat all the time.
Finally, I got this very positive email from a fan in Australia and I thought I'd share it with you:
I don't know if Matt will ever see this but I just had to let you know - you have made a Huge change in my life, I was brought up in a full on Christian house hold - but as i got older(I'm now 34) I drifted away from the Lord, I was hanging around the wrong people and doing stuff my parents would be ashamed of (as I to am) But in the last month I've been watching the UFC session 1 and session 2, I knew who Matt was but never really followed him until watching Session 2 UFC TV series which at the end of it I heard you say you were a Christian - so i started watching your fights and at the end of them you are thanking Jesus Christ for being in your heart - the emotions that stirred up inside me were of so much joy and happiness, I have tears of joy running down my face while I'm typing this, Cause I have asked Jesus back into my Heart, and I have You to thank for that, You would have to be one of the Toughest Badest people in the UFC but also one of the Kindest, you have been blessed with an amazing gift, and I'm sure I'm not the only one you have changed, but keep up the good work of spreading the word of God.
I truly do thank you.
Yours Truly,
Iain
-Matt


Sunday, May 13, 2007
First off, happy Mothers Day to my wife who has two children, to my mother who had three children and to my grandmother who had two children and to all other mothers reading this now.
I ran across this the other day and thought it made good sense. I know there's been a lot of talk of illegal immigrants and so this to me just answers that perfectly:
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Theodore Roosevelt 1907
This week, Mark and I will continue to work on the farm and should get all the corn planted and then start on beans. -Matt


Monday, May 07, 2007
One thing I like about my blogs is that I always find something out. I always learn something from them. Usually I get some emails talking about them, pros or cons. After last week's blog I found out about my wife, I never knew that she read my blog or even looked at the website; but she does...
So I want to say now, "I love you, honey."
This past weekend was busy. Number one, we ran the show Friday and Saturday night. The owners of the theater in town had their son get married Saturday night. So with the rehearsal Friday night and the wedding Saturday night. My family and my brother's family ran the show for the premiere of Batman. On the forum are some pictures from the theater. Then saturday night at 1 AM, I went and helped with post prom. Post prom is an all night party after the prom that's run by the school. I did that from 1 AM to 5:30 AM, so I'm still recovering from my night of no sleep.
This week, hopefully Mark and I will be done planting the rest of the farm, weather permitting. Another week where I can enjoy some time with my family. I want to say thanks to everybody who tunes in to my blog every week. -Matt


Sunday, April 29, 2007
My brother and I started planting corn today, so I was in the tractor all day and I only have one radio station that comes in and it's country western. So, I was stuck listening to country music all day. That led me to think of my wife and family most of the time.
First off, I'd like to say I have a great wife, but I think we all worship false idols and my idol would be working on the farm. I love it and, to make it even worse on my wife, I love being around my brother. But that's how I was raised, kind of how I was programmed during my youth - working on the farm all day and being with my brother. My wife cant figure it out and that's put some stress in our relationship. Relationships are all the same, I believe they're roller coasters, mostly highs and lows just like my relationship with Jesus, sometimes I feel that we're walking together talking and sometimes I feel that He's nowhere around.
I've told my wife that it's a busy time at the farm, putting crops in the ground, so she's eased up on me a little bit and I thank her for being in a good mood when I walk in every evening. I'm a big believer in my wife is more important than my kids, when I come home from a long trip, the first person I want to see and hug is my wife, my kids are second. I don't think my wife reads my blogs, to be honest I don't think she cares much about the website, so I do not say this in hopes that she will read it (I know I won't tell her about it). So my advice is take a close look at your relationships, especially the most important ones. Every night I thank God for blessing me with my wife and my family.
This week we will continue putting corn in the ground and hopefully we will get all of our corn in this week.
Finally, I promised this a couple of weeks ago, so here is the most recent family photo that I have. -Matt



Sunday, April 22, 2007
I had such a good time at the NRA show last weekend. Then the shooting at Virginia Tech happened, which took all the momentum away that the NRA show had for me. I prayed a lot for the families of the victims as well as the family of the shooter. I really hope that the shooter was not a fan of mine.
I did run across this email a couple weeks ago, I do not know where it came from, when it was written, or it's authenticity; but I do agree with it's idea and the message it's trying to send. I think it puts a great perspective on recent events. -Matt
Guess our national leaders didn't expect this, hmm? On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton , Colorado , was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well.
It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:


"Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.

"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder, I would be their strongest opponent.

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best. This was written way before I knew I would be speaking here today:
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!
"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

"As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999 , at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!

My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!"

Sunday, April 15, 2007
Wow, who would have thought so many NRA members and gun lovers were UFC fans! I would bet there were a total of 60,000 people throughout the three days that I visited the show. I know that twice the Fire Marshall wanted to shut the show down and not let anyone else enter the building until someone else came out.
I was there three days. Friday, I sat with the guys at Knight Rifles. Saturday, I was with Charter Arms and it was a huge day. Sunday, I sat with Hornady Ammunition.
I met a lot of good people, both fans and people from the firearms industry. I'm a big believer in "guns don't kill people, people kill people." A gun is nothing more than a tool, so I don't think all these gun control laws are just.
This week, I hope it dries up and I can help my brother get in the field and get some crops in the ground. -Matt





Sunday, April 08, 2007
I want to say Happy Easter to everybody out there. My family and I had a good time just spending the day with my inlaws. Hope everybody else had a good day as well.
Also, just got back from the UFC and it was an interesting weekend for the Welterweights. First, Koscheck did a great job executing and sticking to his game plan. It might not have been the most exciting fight, but Diego was someone who had beaten him twice and he needed to get that win, mentally.
Number two, Matt Serra beating Georges was shocking to me. For lack of better terminology. Georges looked a little smaller than usual and he didn't look sharp when he was out there. So, I don't know if pressure had something to do with it or what, but he just didn't look like himself out there and Matt was able to land that big punch. So, hopefully I will be facing Matt in the future.
This week, my brother and I will work on the farm and hopefully get some of that done as I run and lift daily to get my body where I want.
I'm including a recent photo of Hanna and we'll be posting a family picture sometime this week. -Matt




Sunday, April 01, 2007
First off, I want to congratulate Robbie for his KO victory over Frank Trigg in round 4 last night, or this morning, however you want to say it. Robbie is like a brother to me up in Iowa and Frank's really given me a hard time. So I was glad that Robbie was able to finish the fight and not have it go to a decision.

(Photo by Greg Honda)

(Image from www.fightreport.net)

I'm on my way back from the airport now. I went to Winnipeg this weekend and got some autographs signed and never saw the end of the line. I was kind of surprised at the reception I received and I met nothing but good people.
This week, I will help my brother on the farm. I do have a writer coming to town to spend the week with me. So, that's what this week will consist of and I believe that Georges has about a 90% chance of winning his fight on the 7th without it going to a decision. -Matt


Thursday, March 29, 2007
This week I've just been staying home working on the farm, getting things ready for planting. So having a good time going to the farm everyday, working with my hands, running the dozer and the trackhoe.
For those of you interested, I see rich Franklin has his Hummer and custom motorcycle on Ebay. Starting bid for the Hummer is $80,000 and starting bid for the motorcycle is $20,000. The reserve's not met on either. -Matt

Rich's Hummer
Motorcycle


Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Not much really going on this week, so I've been going through some of the emails that we receive to the website. I came across one message that asked me to use this platform that God has put me on to take a stand against the War in Iraq.
Well, I can't do that, because I fully support the War in Iraq and President Bush. He's the guy I voted for and I think he's done a good job. I believe our troops are doing a great job of defending our freedoms and making our country safe from terrorists. They are the real heroes. I'm just a guy who fights 3 times a year, these guys are fighting every single day so that I can have the opportunity to do what I love and raise my family in a free country. So I will always be thankful for that.
Honestly, I just don't see how anyone can claim to support our troops and at the same time oppose the war that they are fighting. To me those go hand in hand.
I know a lot of people might disagree with me on this, but that's fine, they're entitled to their own opinions. That's why we live in America. -Matt


Friday, March 16, 2007
Sorry this is so late, this week's been very busy. Sunday through Tuesday night I was in Oklahoma City shooting some footage for a DVD series. It'll be a 2 DVD set that should be for sale in June. One part will be training for MMA, we shot that footage on Monday. The second part will be a biography video with interviews from myself, my brother, sister, parents, friends, old coaches, etc. I'm interested to see how they tie it all together.
On Tuesday, worked on 12 moves of the month and had a photo shoot before coming home.
On Wednesday night, I got to help out my wife and my brother at the theater. They had been running the Orpheum Theater in Hillsboro since Sunday while the owners were out of town.
Thursday, left the house at 5:30 AM, went to the St. Louis airport, where my flight was delayed for an hour and a half. Eventually got to Vegas where I shot a commercial for the UFC for the April 21st show in England. Got back at 12:15 this morning, slept until 7:15 then got up to help get Joey ready for school. At 3 PM filmed a Public Service Announcement for Challenger Films. 5 PM jumped in a car and drove to Cornerstone Church and gave my testimony for a youth rally. Eating dinner right now and hope to be home close to 11.
Tomorrow, I have another photo shoot with Knight Rifles starting at 9 AM. They're coming out to the farm to get pictures of me and Mark for some magazine ads. Tomorrow night I'm taking the wife out to eat for St. Patrick's Day.
So, once again sorry for not getting the blog out earlier. I'll try to do better next week. -Matt


Wednesday, March 07, 2007
I apologize for being so late this week, just been a little bit busy since the fight's been over. I want to thank everyone for their support this weekend.
The fight didn't go as planned, I thought that when it hit the ground I would be able to do a lot more than I was able to. Chris did a good job of doing his homework on me, when it hit the ground I thought I would just be able to finish him.
I just left Springfield today, been up to the state capitol building trying to get the sport legalized in Illinois. Hopefully that will happen sometime soon.
I want to be sure to thank all my online supporters and I will catch you again next week. -Matt


Sunday, February 25, 2007
First off, last week I had the pleasure of training with a group of Navy SEALS. They were with Naval Special Warfare Development Group Squadron Four. I had a lot of fun training with them and it was a different experience working with trained killers instead of just trained fighters. My only stipulation was that they had to check their guns and knives at the door.

On a different note, I was talking to one of the members of the Forums during some of my down time. He is a Christian who is really struggling with immorality. He is praying for God's healing, to give him a pure mind, and has become impatient and doesn't feel he is hearing from God.
This is something that I can relate to. When I first got married, I prayed and prayed not to have desires for other women. At the same time I worked on keeping my mind "clean." After about a year and a half, that came true. I still pray for God to keep me strong, but as a guy that will always be a weakness. The thing about God is, He might move at a slower pace than what we'd like, but He always gets were He wants to go.
I can definitely relate to the impatience part of that, as well. When I have someone do something for me, I always say "and I want this done yesterday."
But think about it this way, if a guy is 40 lbs. overweight, how many trips to the gym will it take for him to lose that weight and be healthy? As you know it takes more than one or two. He needs to eat right and let his body rest. So if I want to be a better person by keeping impure thoughts out of my head I would need to:
1. Pray
2. Condition my body to do the right thing.
Back when I wanted to stop cursing, after I said something I shouldn't, I would stop and say a prayer of forgiveness. It didn't take long for me to stop saying those bad words.
It all takes time. So how long will this guy have to wait to lose this weight? I would say months or even years. It just depends on how much he puts into it.
I really hope that this is helpful to someone out there who might be struggling with a similar problem.

Finally, tomorrow I leave for Ohio and I want to thank everyone for their support. My next blog entry will be post-fight. -Matt


Monday, February 19, 2007
Just got done listening to the Hillsboro girls basketball game on the radio, they lost in the Super-Sectionals and will not be headed to State this year. For the most of you who don't know, the Seniors have done a very good job in the past years. Last year the Hillsboro High School girls basketball team won State. At the end of tonight's game I found myself alone in the room praying, but still the girls ended up defeated. Sad day for Hillsboro as the town was wishing them well, hopefully bringing back another big championship.
This week will be my hardest training week as I continue to get prepared for Chris. That's pretty much it, a short blog this week. I thank everybody for their support. -Matt


Monday, February 12, 2007
Had a good time this weekend with my family, was somewhat busy with a camera crew and this and that, but all in all it was a great weekend.
Had been reading a book called The Edge, just a bunch of stories of successful people. Been reading about Dan Gable and he's got a great quote in here:
"When I lifted weights I didn't just lift to maintain my muscle tone. I lifted to increase what I already had and to push to a new limit. Every time I worked I was getting a little better. I kept moving that limit back and back. Every time I walked out of the gym, I was a little better than when I walked in."
I just think it's a great quote, it definitely fits the role of a professional athlete, but I just think it's a great life quote and it could be applied to anything.
Once again, I'll be training for my fight and try to stay healthy as the flu bug is floating around. -Matt


Monday, February 05, 2007
I went to the UFC and had a great time. I was surprised at the outcome of the Anderson fight. I knew he would win, but I didn't think it would end like that. Went to my brother-in-law's for the Super Bowl when I got back from Vegas. All in all a good weekend.
Well, I believe I finally got some answers about the loss from the St. Pierre fight. I went into that fight mostly on faith and I believed that it was my destiny to win that fight. I now realize that it takes more than faith to do anything in this world. Faith is still #1, but it also takes #2 knowledge and #3 physical practice.
So, my mistakes were:
1. Knowledge - I should have watched more tape of Georges' fights and come up with a better gameplan instead of going out there and finding a way to win one way or the other.
2. Physical Practice - I think I should have gone in stronger and in better shape, even though it never went past the middle of the second round, I think I could have been in better shape.
My faith was very positive and I did believe, before the fight, that I was supposed to win. Maybe that's why I didn't put as much training into it as I could have. So, now I will begin training harder than I ever have before on the road to fighting Georges again.
Thanks to everyone for their support. -Matt


Monday, January 29, 2007
Well I want to apologize for missing last week. I was waiting for Hanna to crawl before I did another blog and she didn't start crawling until Saturday. I guess you can call it crawling, she's moving her hands forward and her knees forward; but it gets her where she wants to go, just not very fast.
This week, I'll continue to train hard for the fight and I want to thank everyone who's sent in emails of support to the website. I really appreciate all of them, even though I don't have the time to personally reply anymore.
Yesterday, I spoke at the Family Life Fellowship church in Missouri and it was just a pleasure to be at. They had a great praise and worship band and I did some baptisms. The pastor, Dick Comstock, is doing a great job as pastor and I want to thank him for inviting me down there.
One last thing, I want to start doing this blog every Sunday or Monday, so hopefully we won't have any more late or missing entries from now on. -Matt


Sunday, January 14, 2007
Last week was somewhat of an exciting time. My little girl, Hanna, would get on her hands and knees and I thought she was going to crawl. I was hoping that before I left to go train this week that my little girl would crawl for the first time, but it doesn't look like its going to happen.
For anybody wondering, Hanna will be six months old on the 21st.
Just got back from Florida this morning, where I did a seminar for my buddies Frank and Mike.
Once again this will be a good working week and I'm looking to have a good year. I hope to be in the best shape of my life this year for my three fights. I'm told that I'm fighting Chris Lytle in March, but I haven't signed anything yet. Chris is a tough guy, so I'm looking forward to a challenging fight. -Matt


Monday, January 01, 2007
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a happy and safe New Years. I know I definitely did. This week starts my training. I'm a little under the weather, so I'm not doing anything physical just watching what I eat and my weight.
I was told that my rematch with Georges in April was called off because he wanted more than two months to prepare. I know there are a lot of rumors being spread around the internet and if people want to believe that I dropped out, then that's fine with me. I don't feel that I need to defend myself every time someone posts a rumor on the internet.
The UFC says that I'm fighting on March 3rd, but I don't know who yet. I asked for Diego, but they want to save him for a title shot. I am glad to be fighting in Ohio, this way people from around here, who can't really afford to fly out to Vegas or California, will be able to watch one of my fights. So I look forward to a lot of local support. -Matt


Saturday, December 23, 2006
Real quick, I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Please take some time to pray for our troops stationed overseas. -Matt


Sunday, December 17, 2006
This week, I'll be finishing up my Christmas shopping. Had a great time last week hunting with Mark down in Sparta, GA. I want to thank Wes Jones for inviting us. I shot another 8-point buck, this one scored a 131 7/8. In about 8 months, I'll get the mounted head sent to me.
Wes & Hughes Boys Wes & Hughes Boys Wes & Hughes Boys

Also, with Christmas so close I wanted to share a story that Matt Ferguson, my pastor, mentioned in a sermon not too long ago.
Favorite Stories: The Small White Envelope

It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years or so.

It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas--oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it--overspending... the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma---the gifts given in desperation because you couldn't think of anything else.

Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike.

The inspiration came in an unusual way.

Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was wrestling at the junior level at the school he attended; and shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church. These youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged that shoestrings seemed to be the only thing holding them together, presented a sharp contrast to our boys in their spiffy blue and gold uniforms and sparkling new wrestling shoes. As the match began, I was alarmed to see that the other team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet designed to protect a wrestler's ears.

It was a luxury the ragtag team obviously could not afford. Well, we ended up walloping them. We took every weight class. And as each of their boys got up from the mat, he swaggered around in his tatters with false bravado, a kind of street pride that couldn't acknowledge defeat.

Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, "I wish just one of them could have won," he said. "They have a lot of potential, but losing like this could take the heart right out of them."

Mike loved kids - all kids - and he knew them, having coached little league football, baseball and lacrosse. That's when the idea for his present came. That afternoon, I went to a local sporting goods store and bought an assortment of wrestling headgear and shoes and sent them anonymously to the inner-city church. On Christmas Eve, I placed the envelope on the tree, the note inside telling Mike what I had done and that this was his gift from me. His smile was the brightest thing about Christmas that year and in succeeding years. For each Christmas, I followed the tradition--one year sending a group of mentally handicapped youngsters to a hockey game, another year a check to a pair of elderly brothers whose home had burned to the ground the week before Christmas, and on and on.

The envelope became the highlight of our Christmas. It was always the last thing opened on Christmas morning and our children, ignoring their new toys, would stand with wide-eyed anticipation as their dad lifted the envelope from the tree to reveal its contents.

As the children grew, the toys gave way to more practical presents, but the envelope never lost its allure. The story doesn't end there.

You see, we lost Mike last year due to dreaded cancer. When Christmas rolled around, I was still so wrapped in grief that I barely got the tree up. But Christmas Eve found me placing an envelope on the tree, and in the morning, it was joined by three more.

Each of our children, unbeknownst to the others, had placed an envelope on the tree for their dad. The tradition has grown and someday will expand even further with our grandchildren standing to take down the envelope.

Mike's spirit, like the Christmas spirit will always be with us. May we all remember Christ, who is the reason for the season, and the true Christmas spirit this year and always.
by Nancy Gavin
(This story originally appeared in Woman's Day magazine 12/14/1982)
-Matt


Monday, December 11, 2006
I spent all last week hunting down in Tennessee with Jim McConville. Had a really good time and shot an 8-pointer. This week, my brother and I will be hunting birds and more deer. So we're both excited about that.
A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a guy, named Tim, who told me about a friend who is having a rough time fighting cancer. I was moved by the kid's story so I got with my buddy Brian, who runs our store, and we sent him some autographed items. We were hoping that would lift his spirits a little. A couple of days ago we got this letter from him.

Brian and Matt,
Thank you so much for sending the stuff that Matt signed. It turned a very crappy day into a good day. I had no idea how I got that stuff and that Tim was behind it. I appreciate it a lot. Like Matt, I used to be a wrestler and an extreme athlete. Wrestling has given me the strength to do what I deal with from week to week. That's why I'm such a big fan of Matt, he's a great fighter and a true hero. I can't thank you guys enough for what you have done. I'm 18 years old and I have been doing this since I was 15. I've been in remission twice and it has still came back. Now I'm doing experimental drugs and it's easier, and it's working, but life when I'm doing these treatments is very hard. Everyday I pray that it will be over someday, and staying positive is very hard. But thanks to people like you, Matt, and Tim it shows me what life is all about and it makes me strong. The signed picture couldn't have come at a better time, I was actually going to buy one from you guys but I got home yesterday from a 3-hour day at the hospital and my mom gave it to me. When I seen it I couldn't help but smile and feel better. Again guys thank you so much, you guys are great people. God Bless you Matt and your next fight against GSP. Like always I'll be watching. Good luck and keep your head up, I believe you are twice the man and fighter GSP is. Haha and I don't care what Matt Serra says he wouldn't even stand a chance against you.
Thanks a bunch,
Justin

I just ask that you keep Justin in your prayers and let's hope that he will be cancer-free very soon. -Matt


Thursday, November 30, 2006
Well, it doesn't look like the weather here is going to cooperate. We've had freezing rain all day and the roads are pretty icy. According to the weather forecast we're expecting 6-10 inches of snow tonight, so it looks like it's just going to get worse. Unfortunately, this means I won't be able to make it out to Vernon, BC tomorrow. I'm very disappointed and I hope to be able to reschedule these appearances as soon as possible. -Matt


Monday, November 27, 2006
The amount of support I am getting from this loss is just overwhelming. I'm getting a lot of mail and just a lot of support and positive feedback as far as the rematch goes.
I also really appreciate all the support I am getting from fans in Canada. I'm headed to Vernon, British Columbia in early December for an appearance and a seminar. Which is good because I get a lot of requests for appearances north of the border. I've heard that British Columbia is very nice, so I look forward to seeing it and meeting my fans there.
Other than that, this week I just plan to stay home with the family and relax some more. -Matt


Tuesday, November 21, 2006
First off, I'd like to say that Georges fought a heck of a fight. He's a nice guy and a well-rounded fighter and he's going to be tough to beat.
Number two, I'd like to thank everybody for all their support and I've already talked to the UFC about getting a rematch sometime and they said that's fine. I don't know when that will be or if I will fight anyone before that, but I anxiously await a rematch with Georges because I just think I can do so much better.
Going into the fight I felt very confident. Even up to the point where I lost, I really felt God was going to have me win that fight, but it wasn't His plan. I always pray that God's will is done before a fight and, as long as that's done, I'm happy and I'll definitely fight again. Even with a loss, I can't be anything but thankful for all that God has done in my life.
For those who might be worried about me, I'm fine. I've got some color to my face - a black eye and a few scabs and bruises; but this is not one of those things where I have to go out and 'redeem myself' so I can look myself in the mirror. I just got beat by a guy who was better than me that night and I can live with that. So, physically and mentally, I'm fine. -Matt


Monday, November 13, 2006
I'm leaving for Sacramento right now, I'll be getting on the plane in a few minutes. I'm very fortunate that I have three of my teammates fighting with me, so I'll have close to 15 guys from my gym there. Looking forward to a good week training, cutting weight and, as I'm sure everyone knows, my fight on Saturday. Will touch base at the beginning of next week and just want to say thanks for the support. All prayers are welcomed. -Matt


Monday, November 06, 2006
I was talking with Matt Pena, my boxing coach, and we got to talking about the book of Esther in the Bible. If you've never read it, I would recommend it. It's only ten chapters so it goes pretty quick. It's about how God takes a young Jewish girl and makes her the queen of Persia and eventually uses her to destroy Israel's enemies. When I was reading it, there were a couple of quotes that really stuck out for me and got me to thinking.
The first is when her uncle, Mordecai, tells her "Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" The king had just issued an order that all the Jews where to be killed off and Mordecai was saying that God had placed Esther in the position of queen for the purpose of saving the Jews. (The king didn't know that Esther was Jewish when he made her queen.) That made me realize that we might not know why God has put us where we are, but He has a plan for all of us. Maybe God has put me on this platform to reach just one person (maybe someone reading this blog right now). If so, then that's time well spent as far as I'm concerned.
The other quote was when Esther was afraid to go in front of the king without being summoned. The king would hold out a scepter to the people that he wanted to talk to. If they showed up uninvited and he didn't hold out the scepter towards them, then they were put to death. Esther was worried that if she showed up and he didn't hold out the scepter, then she would be killed. Finally, she decides to go because her people need her and she says "If I perish, I perish." That just says that we can't put off doing what we need to do just because we are afraid of what will happen if things go wrong.
That's what I got out of this book when I read it last week. -Matt


Sunday, October 29, 2006
Training is going great and getting more intense as my fight gets closer.
A few weeks ago we got a letter from Frank Trigg's attorney because of the shirts we sell with the picture of me choking him out. Frank didn't mind that we were selling the shirts, but he wanted a percentage of the profits. At first, I didn't want to give him a dime. I'm not really a fan of his. After talking to one of my buddies we decided to give him more than what he asked for, but we're going to go ahead and discontinue that shirt once it's sold out. -Matt


Sunday, October 22, 2006
A few weeks ago I got an email asking for an autograph for a 16 year old boy named Trey that was having a tough time and who had been fighting cancer for the last 2 years. It was just a few days after my fight with BJ and I myself was feeling kind of rough. I sat there trying to decide what to write on the poster. I think I wrote “Fight the Good Fight.”

Thursday, I received word from Trey’s godfather and father that he had passed away earlier that morning and that he had fought the good fight. The faith shown by his father was nothing short of inspiring. They thanked me for the poster and said that it had lifted his spirits. I want to share a part of the father’s email:
Well friends the fight is over and we won the war! At 5:00 AM this morning Trey was healed, his body fully restored. Trey went home to be with Jesus. What an amazing kid. Trey’s last day of living cancer free was October 19, 2004 and now it is his first day of living cancer free again exactly two years later.

Everyone who received this email has been such an important part of this battle the last two years. I can not begin to tell you how your love and support was felt by Trey and has changed the lives of my family forever. Trey fought with courage and dignity. He never complained. Every night I would pray with him. Before we prayed I would ask “Trey is there something special you would like me to pray for?” His response was “yeah dad that I would have a good day tomorrow.” I would always ask “was today a good day?” and he always replied “yes.” That was the type of kid he was and how he lived his life, positive. So friends Lea said it last night that we will never tire of hearing how Trey and his situation has changed the lives of everyone who has received these emails over the last two years. If you have a moment please take the time to let us know. His memory, spirit, smile, zest for life, joy and laughter will live in our hearts and minds forever. When you receive this email please take a moment and pray that Jesus will shepherd Trey into Heaven and that it will be a glorious celebration. Please also pray for my family too. Trey was a great young man and will be missed. But we know God was triumphant!
I am really inspired by the faith of Trey’s father as he deals courageously with the loss of one of the most treasured things in his life. Many people tell me how they want to fight like me or are inspired by me. I only hope if I ever have to go through something as difficult as Trey’s family that I will respond with the same amount of faith and grace. Please join with me in praying for Trey's family. -Matt


Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I've been sick Saturday night through this morning so I haven't done much.
Going to start intense training today for Georges, then this weekend will be nothing but busy, busy, busy as I have several appearances scheduled.
Very surprised about Rich and how his fight went. I never would have thought that it would have gone like that. I hope he's okay and that he gets a rematch soon. Right now, I'm just going to focus on Georges. -Matt


Sunday, October 8, 2006
Tomorrow I'm going to New York, Chuck and I will be on ESPN. Fly back tomorrow night.
This week I'll spend Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning with my brother getting crops out and also trying to spend as much time with my family as I can.
Thursday night, my wife and I leave for Las Vegas for the UFC. I hope Rich wins, but if Anderson wins I would consider bumping up to 185 and fighting him.
I'll fly home Sunday. -Matt


Monday, October 2, 2006
This week I'm pretty much farming with Mark the whole time, I do have a camera crew here today and tomorrow shooting for an All Access special. This will be my last week of recoup and I want to spend all of that time with my family before I start training for Georges.
As far as the rumors on the internet, I have no idea what they are talking about. -Matt


Monday, September 25, 2006
The fight didn't go exactly like I expected, usually when I can grab somebody's leg I can take them down. I don't think I fought the best fight I could, I made mistakes on my feet and on the ground; but I had my endurance to fall back on. Still I got the fight won.
This week, I'll really do nothing but spend time with the family and start farming. Will take no more than two weeks off before I start training for St. Pierre. -Matt


Sunday, September 17, 2006
I'll train here tomorrow, leave for Anaheim on Tuesday morning, then train Tuesday night in Anaheim. Continue to train twice a day until I make weight along with all the PR I have to do out there. Make weight Friday, fight's Saturday, come home Sunday. -Matt


Sunday, September 10, 2006
This week will be a super hard week, it'll taper a little bit at the end of the week, but still it will be tough. I got my local paper coming up to Iowa to watch my training. 60 Minutes will be there Thursday and I'll come up to Hillsboro Friday morning and they want to tape my family and farm life.
Train over the weekend as well as go to Kentucky on Saturday and the youth rally in Donnellson on Sunday. Well, that's my week and I hear my little girl calling, so I better go feed her. -Matt


Sunday, September 3, 2006
This week will be an intense week, as next week will. I'll be working with multiple partners to try to get ready for a possible 25-minute fight. Tomorrow I'll stay here at home with the family and train in Hillsboro. Tuesday I'll go up to Iowa to train all week and stay up there for the weekend and train all of the next week as well. -Matt


Monday, August 28, 2006
Chuck did just what I thought he would, he went right through Babalu, which I was glad to see because Chuck's my buddy. I'm very happy to hear that I'm fighting BJ Penn not Georges. I'm looking to avenge a loss from a couple years ago, so that's good news for me. Today I'll train here in Hillsboro and spend some much needed time with the family, then go to Iowa for the rest of the week. One of the good things is that Pat is fighting in the the IFL the same day that I do, so it's a good atmosphere in the gym. He's training real intense right now, so it gives me a good partner to work out with. -Matt


Sunday, August 20, 2006
Pretty much the same thing, I'll spend all of this week in intense training for my fight. I haven't heard anything about whether Georges will be fighting or not. This weekend I'll go to the UFC and hopefully watch Chuck knock-out Babalu. -Matt


Sunday, August 13, 2006
Went and picked up my '69 Camaro RS convertible today. I bought it over a year ago; but was waiting to get my new garage built before bringing it home. I'm doing a body-off restoration, where I'll tear it down to the frame and rebuild it from there. First, I'll clean it up and think about what I need to replace. I'll put rack-&-pinion in the front end and replace the leaf springs in the rear end with coil springs. Motor will be an aluminum big-block with a supercharger and it'll have a 6-speed transmission.
Mark and I have restored a '70 Chevelle, a '72 Chevy pick-up, and an '84 Chevy pick-up truck, so this will be something different.
It's going to be a good little project for me and I would love to get started now, but I have a fight to train for up in Iowa all this week. -Matt



Sunday, August 06, 2006
Nothing new to say, Hanna is doing great and this week I'm going up to Iowa to train and will come back on Thursday for my Oklahoma City appearance. -Matt


Sunday, July 30, 2006
A simple week for me, I just plan to spend the whole week up in Iowa training. -Matt


Sunday, July 23, 2006
This week, I'll stay home with my family. All except for Wednesday, which I'll be signing autographs at the Springfield National High School rodeo. And Friday, I go to California and get inducted into the Black Belt magazine Hall of Fame. Other than that, I'll just be at home taking care of Hanna. -Matt


Sunday, July 16, 2006
I'm in Conneticut right now and we're supposed to announce my next fight tomorrow on ESPN. Tuesday, I have a photoshoot with Maxim magazine. Wednesday, I'm supposed to be on ESPN's Cold Pizza show. I'll go home sometime on Wednesday and get my wife ready to go to the hospital Friday morning. She'll have a C-section at 9 AM Friday morning and the rest of the week we'll hopefully be spending quality time with the new family member. -Matt


Monday, July 10, 2006
This week, I'll definitely let my throat heal from yelling at Tim for 25 minutes. He did great and maybe it looked like a slow boring match, but there was a tremendous technical battle that a lot of people don't realize. My hat's off to Tim, he did a great job in the fight.
I will now start training at home. Robbie Lawler is with me this week in my hometown. So this week I'll start running, lifting and watching my diet. -Matt


Sunday, July 2, 2006
I'm in Phoenix now, I fly home tonight. Tomorrow and Tuesday I'll spend the 4th of July with my family. Wednesday, I fly to Las Vegas to help Tim get ready to fight Arlovski again. Friday and Saturday I'll be signing autographs at the Dollamur Sports Surfaces booth at the MA Supershow. Saturday morning I'll be at a wedding in Vegas and Saturday night is Tim's fight, I come home on Sunday. Good luck, Tim! -Matt


Sunday, June 25, 2006
Monday, I head up to Iowa to try and help help Tim get ready for his Arlovski fight. Come home Thursday morning for a doctor's appointment for my wife, then we go to the water park in the afternooon. Friday, I'm in Utah. Saturday, I have the appearance in Phoenix, then come home on Sunday. -Matt


Sunday, June 18, 2006
All this week I'll be secretly filming a reality series in Vegas. Friday afternoon I'll fly to the east coast for a seminar on Saturday. I'll get home Saturday night and spend Sunday with my family. -Matt


Sunday, June 11, 2006
First, I want to thank all of my fans for the support they gave me before and after the Gracie fight. The amount of emails I've received with prayers for support has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated.
This will be a good week for me, I'll get to spend time with my family and do some work on the farm. I have the alumni dinner on Wednesday night and the Caged Inferno event on Saturday. -Matt


Monday, June 5, 2006
Easy week, stay home in Hillsboro until Thursday, then head up to North Carolina for a couple of executive seminars on Thursday and Friday, then the public seminar on Saturday. I'll get back home on Saturday night in time for church on Sunday.
-Matt


Sunday, May 28, 2006
First off, I was very surprised at how the fight went, I never thought it would have been that easy on the ground. I want to say thanks to all my fans that are reading this right now.
This week will be nothing but rest, relaxation and time with my family. We're in Disneyland now, tomorrow I go to L.A. with Dana White to do a national broadcast of the show on MSNBC. After that, I'll head back to finish out my vacation and we fly home on Wednesday. Thursday, we have a doctor's appointment for the baby. On Friday, fly to Texas for a seminar this weekend. Get home Saturday evening and go to church on Sunday.
-Matt


Sunday, May 21, 2006
I'll stay home and work-out in Hillsboro tomorrow and Tuesday. Wednesday morning I fly to LA with my cornermen: Pat Miletich, Matt Pena, Jens Pulver, and Marc Fiore. I'll concentrate on staying sharp and losing weight for the weigh-in on Friday afternoon and have my fight on Saturday.
-Matt


Sunday, May 14, 2006
Go up to Iowa tomorrow to finish up a week of training. Take care of the last details for medicals and cornerman. I'll come home Friday and spend the weekend at home then head up to Los Angeles the next week.
-Matt


Sunday, May 7, 2006
Tomorrow morning, I'll start getting my physicals and medicals for the fight. I go to Iowa on Tuesday. My training will stay the same, except I'll stop lifting heavy in the mornings and go to circuits. I'll also start getting sponsor patches and other work done on my fight shorts. Friday, I'll go with my wife to the doctor for an appointment.
-Matt


Sunday, April 30, 2006
Tomorrow I meet with the Nokomis FCA, then head up to Iowa for a hard week of training. On Friday, I have the appearance in Burlington with Tim Sylvia. Saturday night I'll be the guest emcee for the Hillsboro post-prom party.
-Matt


Monday, April 24, 2006
My workouts for the next couple weeks will now become very intense. This will be a typical week as far as my schedule up in Iowa, but I will start doing extra after my scheduled workouts. Friday I leave for Canada for a seminar and get home Sunday.
-Matt


Monday, April 17, 2006
Another simple week for me, I'll stay home today and spend some time with the family, then head up to Iowa tomorrow. Train there all week and then I got the appearance in Des Moines on Friday.
-Matt


Sunday, April 9, 2006
A pretty simple week for me, I'll stay home on Monday,then fly up to Anaheim to help get Tim ready. Train twice a day while I'm out there, then corner Tim on Saturday night.
-Matt


Sunday, April 2, 2006
A typical week coming up, head up to Iowa on Monday to train. I might go to the live SpikeTV show on Thursday, I haven't decided yet. On Saturday, I'm going to the Kings game with Dana White at the Staples center, he's going to be dropping the puck for the game.
Of course the big news: I'm really excited that we are having a girl! Hanna Grace Hughes, and she is due on August 4th. -Matt


Sunday, March 27, 2006
Monday I'm going to work on the house until noon, then head up to Iowa and train Monday night, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Wednesday, I'm going to try to black Pat's other eye then head home and go to Vegas on Thursday morning for a photoshoot for the UFC website. Come home on Thursday night. On Friday morning, visit the Mount Olive FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and talk with them for about 45 minutes. After that, go to Springfield with my wife and son and find out if our new baby is going to be a boy or girl. Train at home on Friday night and Saturday. -Matt


Sunday, March 19, 2006
Monday I'm going to stay at home and work, then I have the appearance in Litchfield that night. Tuesday, go to Iowa and train all week, come home on Friday and spend the weekend working on the farm. -Matt


Sunday, March 12, 2006
Tomorrow I go to Las Vegas to do a photo shoot with Muscle & Fitness. Wednesday, I'm taking my wife down to Florida for four days to do some work for XYIENCE.
About UFC 58: I was wanting BJ to win. I like Georges and I didn't want him to lose, but I would rather fight BJ next. -Matt


Sunday, March 5, 2006
This week I'm going to stay home on Monday and spend some time with my wife. On Tuesday, I'm going to Iowa to start training. Get back on Friday and fly out for two shows in Kansas City then come back home on Sunday. -Matt


Sunday, February 26, 2006
Had a great time on the mission trip, got to spend some quality time with some great people and do some good for the orphanage. Looking forward to staying in Hillsboro this week, and spending some time with my family and training there. Friday morning I will go to the UFC and help Rich cut weight if he needs me, Saturday watch the UFC and come home Sunday.
-Matt

Sunday, February 12, 2006
Monday I am heading to Lincoln College to get a workout there. Monday night I am going to Iowa to try and catch the evening workout. I plan to train all week in Iowa.
I hope Pat does not hurt me too bad at the Wednesday night sparring before I rip his arm off on Thursday night grappling. Friday night is King of the Cage in the Quad Cities and I have a busy weekend of appearances. -Matt