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Sheid Diesel

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Sorry about the late blog, I’ve been pretty busy this week, I’m actually on the road right now calling in my blog.

Last weekend, I went to Terre Haute, IN with Sheid Deisel to a huge diesel extravaganza. There were truck pulls, tractor pulls, a diesel truck drag strip, plenty of dyno tests to dyno anybody’s truck, and we also took my ‘66, the one with the Duramax in it, over there as well. All in all a great time, I just wish I didn’t have to leave so early:

I also bought some deer blinds and I think they are some of the best on the market. The way I see it, they should last forever. They go anywhere from 8-10 feet in the air and they are bow and gun blinds. When you are hunting with a ten year old boy (Joey), who doesn’t like to be out in the weather; then something like this will be ideal for the tough winter we might have ahead. This particular model is 6 feet by 6 feet. If anyone is interested, you can check out their website

Last week I went out to Vegas and I signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC, which is much like my last contract. I also brought up the fact that I wanted to do a hunting show and they thought that would be a good thing. They still have to find out who, where and when my next fight will be and I will try to post that info ASAP. Nothing is decided yet, so anything you might be reading on the internet right now is just rumors and speculation. However, one name the UFC did bring up is a person I’ve never fought before.

Finally here is the bible verse for this week:

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)


Buck and Boar

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Last Sunday, was the opening of deer season for the country in South Carolina. So of course, me being the faithful hunter that I am, I had to hit it. Sunday through Wednesday I went to South Carolina to hunt the elusive whitetail. I started hunting Sunday night, but I didn’t shoot my deer until about 3 hours before my flight left Wednesday afternoon. It seems to be the way hunting is, sometimes you just don’t kill out until the last minute. In the past, I always hunted deer in the freezing cold, this time it was a first for me to be hunting deer in the heat. The ranch I was at was called Buck and Boar it had great sleeping arrangements, food and all around good people.

I had a cameraman with me the whole time I hunted by the name of Chris Cobbott. He produces a show called North Woods Adventures that airs on the Sportman’s Channel. He reminded me a lot of my buddy Boomer. For those of you who don’t know, Boomer is a buddy of mine who is a civilian, but works for the US government over in Afghanistan. Because of the tight security over there he doesn’t get to watch videos on the internet, so when you look at the comments after one of my videos you’ll see Boomer usually on a little tirade about not being able to see it. And if you know how I am, you’ll also realize that I now post as many videos as I can just to get under Boomer’s skin; but I know when Boomer reads this, he will have a smile on his face. So all in all, I had a great trip down at the Buck and Boar. Here’re a few pictures from the hunt. The guy next to the hog is the buddy I went down there with, Brett Kennon, who works for Legacy.

As for me, I want to thank the people who helped me out: Browning, USOptics, and Hornady.

Tomorrow, I fly out to the UFC to talk with Lorenzo and Dana to figure out what we’re going to do. So I should have more news next week. I did hear that Matt Serra was running his mouth and to be honest, I’m not surprised. He never was able to keep it shut in the past, why would anybody think he would do it now?

Finally, the bible verse for this week:

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret - it only leads to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. (Psalm 37: 8-9)


Highlight Reel

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Sorry for the late blog this week. I was on a five-day hunting trip and I just got back on Wednesday (I’ll talk more about that later on). I didn’t have any cell phone service out where I was, so I wasn’t able to call anything in. This week was also Hillsboro’s Old Settlers’ Fair, so it’s a great opportunity for me to spend as much time as I can with the family.

All I really have for you this week is a highlight reel. I had Nate put this one together, a little over a year ago, so we’d have something to play in the background while I’m doing autograph signings. This way people will have something to watch while they are waiting in line. If you’re a member on the forums, then you’ve probably seen this before:

15 minute highlight reel (2007)

I also wanted to add in this video, which is a 30-second commercial that I made for my sponsor XWT - Xtreme Whitetail Technologies:

Finally, here is the Bible verse for the week:

Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead my by Your truth and teach me, for You are a God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in You. (Psalm 25: 4-5)


UFC 101 Recap

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Well, the fights were pretty interesting. I didn’t see the Anderson fight going quite that easy for him. I just thought Forrest’s unorthodox style and maybe his size, with his reach, would have evened things up a little more than they did. But as Anderson showed he is a handful and it will be interesting to see what the UFC does next with him.

BJ came out and looked good, he’s obviously been training and taking it very serious. That fight went just about like I thought it would. Kenny is a great guy but I just think there was a big difference in the two fighters.

Not much going on since last time I’ve talked, but I’ve received two great forwards:

An Old Farmer’s Advice:

• Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

• Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

• Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

• A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

• Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.

• Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

• Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

• Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

• It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

• You cannot unsay a cruel word.

• Every path has a few puddles.

• When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

• The best sermons are lived, not preached.

• Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

• Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

• Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

• Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

• Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.

• Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.

• If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

• Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

• The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

• Always drink upstream from the herd.

• Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

• Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

• If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

• Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.

• Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

• Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.


The day finally arrived. Forrest Gump dies and goes to Heaven. He is at the Pearly Gates, met by St. Peter himself. However, the gates are closed, and Forrest approaches the gatekeeper.

St. Peter said, ‘Well, Forrest, it is certainly good to see you. We have heard a lot about you. I must tell you, though, that the place is filling up fast, and we have been administering an entrance examination for everyone. The test is short, but you have to pass it before you can get into Heaven.’

Forrest responds, ‘It sure is good to be here, St. Peter, sir. But, nobody ever told me about any entrance exam. I sure hope that the test ain’t too hard. Life was a big enough test as it was.’

St. Peter continued, ‘Yes, I know, Forrest, but the test is only three questions. First: What two days of the week begin with the letter T? Second: How many seconds are there in a year? Third: What is God’s first name?’

Forrest leaves to think the questions over. He returns the next day and sees St. Peter, who waves him up, and says, ‘Now that you have had a chance to think the questions over, tell me your answers’

Forrest replied, ‘Well, the first one — which two days in the week begins with the letter ‘T’? Shucks, that one is easy. That would be Today and Tomorrow.’

The Saint’s eyes opened wide and he exclaimed, ‘Forrest, that is not what I was thinking, but you do have a point, and I guess I did not specify, so I will give you credit for that answer.’ ‘How about the next one?’ asked St. Peter

‘How many seconds in a year? Now that one is harder,’ replied Forrest, but I thunk and thunk about that, and I guess the only answer can be twelve.’

Astounded, St. Peter said, ‘Twelve? Twelve? Forrest, how in Heaven’s name could you come up with twelve seconds in a year?’

Forrest replied, ‘Shucks, there’s got to be twelve: January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd … ‘

‘Hold it,’ interrupts St. Peter. ‘I see where you are going with this, and I see your point, though that was not quite what I had in mind … but I will have to give you credit for that one, too. Let us go on with the third and final question. Can you tell me God’s first name’?

‘Sure,’ Forrest replied, ‘it’s Andy.’

‘Andy?’ exclaimed an exasperated and frustrated St Peter. ‘Ok, I can understand how you came up with your answers to my first two questions, but just how in the world did you come up with the name Andy as the first name of God?’

‘Shucks, that was the easiest one of all,’ Forrest replied. ‘I learnt it from the song, ‘ANDY WALKS WITH ME, ANDY TALKS WITH ME, ANDY TELLS ME I AM HIS OWN..’ ‘

St. Peter opened the Pearly Gates, and said: ‘Run Forrest, run!’

Give me a sense of humor, Lord. Give me the ability to understand a clean joke, to get some humor out of life, and to pass it on to other folks.

Finally, the Bible verse for the week:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)


UFC 101 Picks

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Well, this week I had a lot going on. I’ve been waiting for pictures from Nicole Jones, so if you want to complain about the late blog, email her at the DrivenTV website.

Last Tuesday through Thursday, Joey and I went to Texas, so he could go gar fishing, with a bow, and hog hunting.  We had a great time, Joey got a couple of gar, nothing big enough to mount, and he also got several hogs.  The last hog Joey shot, he was with Uncle David, and I was told that the shot was 450 yards.  Here are a few pictures from gar fishing:

Joey with Bow
Joey Fishing

We came back Thursday, then Friday I left for Houston for the Houston Hunters Extravaganza show with Texas Trophy Hunters.  To keep me company on this trip, I took my two favorite uncles: Uncle Bob and Uncle Z.  It’s nice to have somebody with me, so I wasn’t traveling by myself.  The Houston show went well with Pat and Nicole, from DrivenTV, being there. Of course, they had to have some fun, so that night they told the staff at our restaurant that it was my birthday.  So here are a few pictures from that trip as well:

Matt with fan
Matt Sombrero
Matt Sombrero
Nicole, Matt and Pat
Signing autographs

Wednesday, Mark and I went up to GSI and took a tour of one of their factories. You’ll be hearing more about them down the road.

Matt and Mark at GSI

Well, I’ve still not talked with the UFC on my next fight or even my next contract; but as soon as I find something out I’ll let everyone know.  Another question I’ve been asked is about the gym. It’s doing very well and this summer has been very good for it.  The location of the gym has been great because so many people have been flying into St. Louis and staying with us for a week or a month at a time.  It’s been good that I don’t have a fight coming up, so I can really concentrate on the fighters in my practices.

This weekend is UFC 101, the two main fights are BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian and Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin.  I think BJ will have the advantage in his fight and he’s going to be able to dictate and fight at his own pace. I think Anderson will have an advantage in his fight, but I think the matchup is very interesting.  I think Forrest is going to have a style that is going to make Anderson throw and maybe put Anderson on a little bit of defense.  I don’t think Forrest is going to be scared to get in there and mix it up with him. Just a couple of my insights on Saturday night.

For those of you who might be interested, I set up a Facebook page earlier this week. There are a few people on Facebook pretending to be me, so I thought it was time to start up a real account to help shut down the imposters. Feel free to send in a friend request, but all of my weekly updates will still be coming from this website. Like my MySpace page, I’ll only use Facebook to help promote special events. You can access my Facebook page from here:

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Matthew Hughes

Also, this has been around for a while, but just in case anyone here hasn’t seen it yet, here is the link to my MySpace page:

Finally, here’s the Bible verse for the week:

Do not repay evil with evil, or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)



Monday, July 27th, 2009

Well, this week’s been pretty slow. I’ve done a lot of work at the farm getting food plots ready for the deer. I planted some stuff weeks ago, but the deer won’t even leave it alone long enough for it to come up. Not a lot going on.

(Valedictorian video removed by request.)

Like I said last week, I get scripture sent to my phone everyday. What I’m going to do is pick out the best one and post it here every week.

The scripture for this week is:

Who is a God like You, who pardons and forgives the transgressions of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. (Micah 7:18)


Proverbs 3:3-4

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Last week, I went hunting with Texas Trophy Hunters at Rio Bonito down around the San Antonio area. It will be televised and when I find out the dates, I will let you all know. I shot an Axis Deer with my Bowtech Guardian and I shot a Auodad Sheep with my Browning X-Bolt 300 Win Mag. The Auodad is an incredibly hard creature to hunt. It has a good sense of smell, a great set of eyes, and is very suspicious.

Here are some pictures from the hunt:

Axis Deer:
Axis Deer
Axis Deer

Auodad Sheep:
Auodad Sheep
Auodad Sheep
Auodad Sheep

I will be going back down to Texas on Friday the 31st at the Houston Hunters Extravaganza. I’ll be there Friday, Saturday and I’ll come back Sunday evening. For anybody in the area, maybe I’ll see you there. Hanna’s birthday was Tuesday (thanks for all the birthday wishes). Aside from that I’ve been working on my food plots for deer this week. A few are planted already, but I have several that we’ll plant in the first part of August.

Everyday, I get scripture sent to my phone, this one has been on my phone for a couple of weeks and I just can’t seem to delete it. It’s something I look at everyday:

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will find favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. (Proverbs 3:3-4)

Hope everybody has a great week and I’ll talk to you all later. -matt

Happy Birthday Hanna Grace!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Hanna 3 years old

Well, Hanna turns 3 today so this week’s blog will have to wait until tomorrow. Don’t forget to wish Hanna a happy birthday. -matt

UFC 100 Recap

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Well, the fights went a lot like I thought they would. I knew Dan Henderson would try and stalk him down with that big right hand and it was just a matter of time before he was going to figure out the range. Now that I see Bisping is okay, I can say that I liked the ending to that fight the best. Dan usually doesn’t have much to say and you could tell after the fight that Michael had gotten under his skin. With the first big right hand Dan said “good night.” With the second, after Michael was on the ground, he said “sleep tight.” Dan is a friend of mine and we’re a lot more alike than Michael Bisping and I.

I would have to say the GSP/Alves fight was the most boring fight to watch. Not trying to say that in a bad way, just compared to every other fight, it was the least exciting. However, GSP does do such a good job of transitioning from his striking to his takedowns.

After I watched the weigh-ins, I knew Frank Mir was going to have some problems. It looks as though he cut weight and tried to get as fit as he could. I think that he didn’t have the strength to even compete with Brock. Brock is a good friend of mine, I’m glad to see him win and a lot of people don’t realize that he is a very intense person. He did go a little over the top after the fight, but I found some of his comments amusing. Brock’s a good guy, he just got caught up in the heat of the moment. Like everyone he will get beat, but right now it seems like the UFC will have to put in two guys at once to beat him.

Here is a video of Jens’ wedding from 4th of July weekend. As I’ve already said, I had a great time up there and saw some friends that I haven’t seen in a long time:

The Wedding of Jens & Nikka Pulver from Johnny Dunn on Vimeo.

Finally, this is a hunt that I’m getting ready to go on next month. If anyone wants to sign up here’s the information:

For more information, you can go to


UFC 100 Picks

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Well I was at the Fan Expo today out here in Las Vegas and I got to watch the weigh-ins on a big screen TV and I thought I would give my picks for the last three fights. I think Henderson will have a slight advantage against Bisping. I also think GSP will have a slight advantage against Thiago, and Brock will have a slight advantage against Frank Mir. None of these fights are definite, though, and Bisping, Thiago and Mir could definitely pull out victories. Just my two cents on what’s going on this weekend.

Will talk more about the fights on Sunday. -matt