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NateR
03-09-2009, 09:14 PM
From Matt's blog:

Last Wednesday, I flew to Washington DC for Century Martial Arts (http://www.centurymartialarts.com/) with Dan Bower (pictured below). We went around and had several meetings with Congressmen. What we were lobbying for was PEP (Physical Education Program) Grants (http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/blogimages/PEPgrant.jpg) and the PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act (http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/blogimages/PHITbill.jpg). The PEP Grants are for physical education where a teacher can receive a grant for their class; but only 1 of 10 applicants are receiving the grant. So there is a huge need and we went there to get it raised from $750,000 each fiscal year to $100 million. Recently, California tested 3 million students and found out that students who are more physically fit achieve greater academic success.

The PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act will encourage millions of Americans to participate in physical fitness activities. Basically what they are trying to do is to allow people to write off several fitness/sports related items as tax deductions, up to $1000. Things like your kid's baseball gloves, gym memberships, maybe some exercise equipment. An interesting quote I received stated:
"Investing in physical activity programs will lead to economic savings. An investment of $1.00 in physical activity (time and equipment) leads to $3.20 in medical cost savings." -World Health Organization (WHO), Health and Development through Physical Activity & Sport Report, 2002

Another quote stated:
"The ultimate objective of any health care system is to promote health... Financial incentives could be modified to encourage healthy behavior and to discourage poor health habits." - Peter Orszag, Office of Management & Budget Director, Testimony before Senate Budget Committee as Director of CBO, Jan. 31, 2008

One of the biggest problems I think this country has is the obesity epidemic. In 2003, US Surgeon General, Richard Carmona said, "The fastest growing cause of illness and death in America today is obesity." 8 of the 9 most expensive medical conditions relate to obesity. This is a very important topic to me and I'm very happy to be helping with these programs.

I did have a good time out there, very interesting going through all the tunnels that connect the buildings. I have some pictures that are on the way and they will be up later. I did get to meet Herschel Walker, who happens to be a huge fan of MMA and also does some training. I gave him my phone number and he might be stopping by the HIT Squad the next time he comes to St. Louis.

http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/blogimages/matt-danbower.jpg
Me with Dan Bower from Century Martial Arts (http://www.centurymartialarts.com/).

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Friday morning, I woke up at 3:10 AM and started my drive to Columbus, OH for UFC 96. Had to be there in time to do the Q&A session before the weigh-ins. Mike Goldberg joined me on the stage and we fielded questions from anybody that asked. There is a link to the edited video in the Forums (http://www.matt-hughes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=707). As you can tell Goldie's and my personality play off each other well and I had a good time up there.

Saturday morning, I woke up and went to the Arnold Classic. All I can say is 'wow' was that place packed. Had several guys from my gym compete in the grappling tournament. One of our guys, Blake, even won his weight class and his division. I tried to stick around and watch them but it was just too busy. With all the fans there, I didn't have time to do anything but take pictures and sign autographs. I knew if I stuck around there I would have made some people mad, so I left and went over to the UFC booth. There I horsed around with Sean Sherk, Brock Lesnar and Randy Couture a little bit. Even got to shake hands with Governor Schwarzenegger and got a picture with him. I'll try and get ahold of that picture and we'll post it later. Although, it's probably somewhere on the UFC (http://www.ufc.com/) website.

That night, I picked up my tickets, went to the fight and had a great time. My seat was right between Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar. Randy was backstage with one of his fighters, so I got to talk to Kim a little bit. I also jacked around with Brock the whole night and I would have to say that Brock and I are a lot alike. Dana was busy doing some filming for something, so we didn't get to chat much It's funny, I've been with the UFC for so long that I know the cameramen, production guys, and I even knew the Ohio commission who were around the octagon. So I had a great time. One of the better UFC weekends for me. Finally, I made sure to wake up early Sunday morning, so I could get home as soon as possible to see the family.

So, until next time... -matt

Crisco
03-09-2009, 09:19 PM
Good to hear Matt and The Coutures are back on the right track :cool:


Should invite Brock to the Hit squad and see if you can still choke him out Matt haha.

Also rock on with the bill you guys are working on. That is one of the best idea's I have heard of in a long time.

TheConcretekid
03-09-2009, 09:46 PM
Woo! One of my posts got linked!

foggy
03-09-2009, 09:58 PM
There are a few pictures on this site:

http://www.combatlifestyle.com/pics/view_album.php?id=1620&page=6

Most notably:

http://www.combatlifestyle.com/pics/albums/030709ufcarnolds/1038.jpg

and

http://www.combatlifestyle.com/pics/albums/030709ufcarnolds/1039.jpg


Looks like a weekend of HORSEPLAY! :)

Preach
03-09-2009, 10:16 PM
http://www.combatlifestyle.com/pics/albums/030709ufcarnolds/1060.jpg

http://www.combatlifestyle.com/pics/albums/030709ufcarnolds/1062.jpg

Preach
03-09-2009, 10:17 PM
here is the photo Matt

http://www.combatlifestyle.com/pics/albums/030709ufcarnolds/1077.jpg



http://www.combatlifestyle.com/pics/albums/030709ufcarnolds/1073.jpg


http://www.combatlifestyle.com/pics/albums/030709ufcarnolds/1069.jpg


http://www.combatlifestyle.com/pics/albums/030709ufcarnolds/1070.jpg

Crisco
03-09-2009, 10:17 PM
take it easy on the old guy Matt

Preach
03-09-2009, 10:20 PM
hahahaha look who else was there

http://www.combatlifestyle.com/pics/albums/030709ufcarnolds/1081.jpg

NateR
03-09-2009, 10:26 PM
hahahaha look who else was there

http://www.combatlifestyle.com/pics/albums/030709ufcarnolds/1081.jpg

Somebody had to look after the free t-shirt booth. :laugh:

Preach
03-09-2009, 10:27 PM
Somebody had to look after the free t-shirt booth. :laugh:


hahaha I wqas thinking of something smart to say

All I could come up with is have you ever noticed how Trigg hates Turtle neck's or necklaces. He has a phobia of anything around his neck

Hughes_GOAT
03-09-2009, 10:57 PM
i've always said i thought Matt and Brock were alike and now Matt says it too. i don't know why so many guys here don't like Brock? maybe his personality? i've always looked at him as a young HW Matt Hughes. both came from farm life, still live on farms, both are decorated collegiate wrestlers, both use takedowns and GnP. both have been accused of being arrogant or cocky. oh well, Brock will get the submission game going and we'll see where that takes him?

Jeff Crow
03-09-2009, 11:03 PM
i've always said i thought Matt and Brock were alike and now Matt says it too. i don't know why so many guys here don't like Brock? maybe his personality? i've always looked at him as a young HW Matt Hughes. both came from farm life, still live on farms, both are decorated collegiate wrestlers, both use takedowns and GnP. both have been accused of being arrogant or cocky. oh well, Brock will get the submission game going and we'll see where that takes him?

I think most people still don't like the fact that a WWE guy came in a won the title. Hopefully people can get over that and see him for the fighter that he is now. :)

NateR
03-09-2009, 11:47 PM
Here're some photos from the Washington DC trip:

http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/05MAR09/Picture-011.jpg
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/05MAR09/Picture-013.jpg
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/05MAR09/Picture-017.jpg
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/05MAR09/S1050550.jpg
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/05MAR09/S1050552.jpg
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/05MAR09/S1050555.jpg

Primadawn
03-09-2009, 11:51 PM
Can we get a full length shot of Matt in the suit? I wanna see his shoes...:laugh:

NateR
03-09-2009, 11:53 PM
Can we get a full length shot of Matt in the suit? I wanna see his shoes...:laugh:

Are you afraid he might be wearing crocs?

Primadawn
03-09-2009, 11:54 PM
Are you afraid he might be wearing crocs?


HAHA! Just gotta make sure we're sending satisfactory representatives to DC!!! :laugh:

Hughes_GOAT
03-09-2009, 11:58 PM
I think most people still don't like the fact that a WWE guy came in a won the title. Hopefully people can get over that and see him for the fighter that he is now. :)

that's the thing, he's not just a WWE guy. he was an NCAA DIV I HW wrestling champ long before. the WWE offered him 250,000 dollars and that was more than he could make coaching wrestling, so he took it. i believe his exact words were, "i didn't have a pot to piss in."

he still has a lot of work but with wrestling as his base, he can dominate (as long as he stays away from Fedor) while he fine tunes other areas. just as Matt did early on in his career.

Hughes_GOAT
03-09-2009, 11:58 PM
Can we get a full length shot of Matt in the suit? I wanna see his shoes...:laugh:

guy shoes too? :laugh:

NateR
03-09-2009, 11:59 PM
HAHA! Just gotta make sure we're sending satisfactory representatives to DC!!! :laugh:

Here's an uncropped version of the last photo, you can see that Matt is wearing the appropriate foot gear:
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/05MAR09/S1050555-full.jpg
:rolleyes:

Hughes_GOAT
03-10-2009, 12:21 AM
Are you afraid he might be wearing crocs?

worst looking shoes eva!

rockdawg21
03-10-2009, 12:21 AM
Here's an uncropped version of the last photo, you can see that Matt is wearing the appropriate foot gear:
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/05MAR09/S1050555-full.jpg
:rolleyes:
At least his shoes were shined.

Preach
03-10-2009, 12:28 AM
I have something very mean to say but I learned if you cant say something nice then pm it.. Who is interested:laugh: :ninja: :w00t:

Llamafighter
03-10-2009, 01:17 AM
Okay, Brock is starting to grow on me. Matt's opinion of him will definitely get me to lighten up on him. As long as Brock:
A. doesn't talk **** about Fedor
B. doesn't fight Fedor

REMY
03-10-2009, 01:56 AM
I have something very mean to say but I learned if you cant say something nice then pm it.. Who is interested:laugh: :ninja: :w00t:
iiii wanna hear :laugh:

Primadawn
03-10-2009, 02:48 AM
Ok..the shoes are acceptable. Tell Matt he can breathe again now. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

MattHughesRocks
03-10-2009, 03:44 AM
Or not! Shoulda sent him home to California. The unemployment rate is over 10% now.The highest it's been in over 20 years:scared0011: He needs to keep his butt here in Ca. and get to work! :wacko:

Now back to the thread.......:rolleyes:


take it easy on the old guy Matt

MattHughesRocks
03-10-2009, 03:46 AM
Look at the two guys in the back round :laugh: "he's not supposed to be here" & "what is he doing here:w00t: "
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:


hahahaha look who else was there

http://www.combatlifestyle.com/pics/albums/030709ufcarnolds/1081.jpg

MattHughesRocks
03-10-2009, 03:49 AM
Not going to happen playboy Jeff :wink:


I think most people still don't like the fact that a WWE guy came in a won the title. Hopefully people can get over that and see him for the fighter that he is now. :)

Primadawn
03-10-2009, 03:50 AM
Look at the two guys in the back round :laugh: "he's not supposed to be here" & "what is he doing here:w00t: "
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:


:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

The one guy looks like he's contemplating some violence!:ninja:

MattHughesRocks
03-10-2009, 03:51 AM
Amen brotha Goat!

worst looking shoes eva!

Hughes_GOAT
03-10-2009, 05:13 AM
Amen brotha Goat!

i have style, what can i say?

Chuck
03-10-2009, 05:22 AM
Croc's are awesome!!!

Haters!!!!!!

Boomer
03-10-2009, 11:17 AM
So I miss Matt in Virginia, Then he goes to DC ... he's in my world and I'm over here in the mountains chasing goats!! :angry:

:laugh: He does look natural in the offices though ... that settles it.

MATT FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!! :w00t: :w00t:


Great blog!! :wink:

Jonlion
03-10-2009, 02:47 PM
I think most people still don't like the fact that a WWE guy came in a won the title. Hopefully people can get over that and see him for the fighter that he is now. :)


I was quite vocal in my dislike of Brock after his initial fights but i know i said following on from that, that my opinion has changed.

I appreciate now that Herring had been insultinng and Brock had a bit of fun!

More so, after the Randy fight and seeing how he trained and his mentality, i for one have completly changed and like him. He is indeed a credit to the sport and proved his worth with these big wins.

So i humbly admit i was wrong.

Have to say as well, there is something heartwarming seeing Randy, Matt, Sherk, Brock and all that horsing around. No wonder they have a good time.

(if only Junie wasnt there!)

Jonlion
03-10-2009, 02:51 PM
Oh and i wholeheardtly agree in the campaign for healthier and more active school kids.

Its a problem both sides, and a healthy kid is better at studying as well.

Kids need to be encouraged and the money put in to provide falcilties to get people out exercising.

Chuck
03-10-2009, 03:09 PM
.....(if only Junie wasnt there!)

What the heck was that all about anyway??? A photo with some legends of MMA, The Govinator...............

and flipping psycho brown.....

I don't get it.... :huh:

Bonnie
03-10-2009, 10:25 PM
What the heck was that all about anyway??? A photo with some legends of MMA, The Govinator...............

and flipping psycho brown.....

I don't get it.... :huh:

When I saw that pic, I thought, "That looks like Junie...but surely not! My eyes must be deceiving me!" :blink:

I guess...NOT!!! :wacko:

But, did you notice how Randy is holding his arm like he doesn't want it touching Junie. :laugh:

Bonnie
03-10-2009, 10:36 PM
So I miss Matt in Virginia, Then he goes to DC ... he's in my world and I'm over here in the mountains chasing goats!! :angry:

:laugh: He does look natural in the offices though ... that settles it.

MATT FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!! :w00t: :w00t:


Great blog!! :wink:

Hey, chasing goats is important bidness in that part of the world! :ninja: With you gone, somebody had to step up to represent...who better (next to you of course, sweet pea :laugh: )...than MATT! :punch:

Hughes_GOAT
03-10-2009, 10:51 PM
But, did you notice how Randy is holding his arm like he doesn't want it touching Junie. :laugh:

Junie probably went off on him before the photo.

Bonnie
03-11-2009, 12:18 AM
Junie probably went off on him before the photo.

Oh, I'd love to see Junie "try" to go off on Randy or Matt. I can't remember who posted the vid of Matt reffing his brother and that other poor soul, but you could tell Matt was totally disgusted the way he "threw" his hand away after they announced the winner.

I can't decide yet if I'm even going to watch TUF this season. If I do, it'll be to see how Bisping and Henderson coach and deal with the "house" bs. Will be interesting since Bisping was on the "other" side before...

Hughes_GOAT
03-11-2009, 12:27 AM
Oh, I'd love to see Junie "try" to go off on Randy or Matt. I can't remember who posted the vid of Matt reffing his brother and that other poor soul, but you could tell Matt was totally disgusted the way he "threw" his hand away after they announced the winner.



Junie would totally defeat Randy in under 10 seconds