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Matt Hughes is Being Kind of a Dick to Chuck Liddell, GSP, You Guys

(Quit playing it so safe, Frenchy. PicProps: SBNation)

Uh-oh! We ain’t saying no names, but it looks like at least one aging UFC superstar might be a little bit jealous about Chuck Liddell’s new “job” as the UFC’s Executive Vice President of Business Development. We’ll give you a hint … let’s see here … it’s a guy who … ah fuck it, it’s Matt Hughes. Yeah, we were conducting our bi-monthly spin by Hughes’ blog this week to make sure we filled our quota for smug, semi-coherent unchristian Christian blather when we stumbled upon this gem. Country Breakfast’s latest entry, headlined simply “Chuck’s Retirement,” is so textbook Hughes that it makes you wonder if the former welterweight champ is really even still writing these things himself or if it’s just some computerized algorithm that will continue to publish blogs in Hughes’ name long after the human race has faced the wrath of his vengeful God.

In this case, the algorithm is something like: Act like a dick, act like a dick, holiday snapshot of the kid, Bible verse, end. It’s interesting to note here that in this entry ostensibly about Chuck’s retirement, Hughes spends just a couple short paragraphs on Liddell before segueing straight into an out-of-the-blue indictment of Georges St. Pierre’s “boring” performance against Josh Koscheck at UFC 124. Shit. Now, that’s just sour grapes, plain and simple. First the Liddell stuff …

Matty Takedown starts things off with a tongue-in-cheek congratulations to Liddell on his new executive position with Zuffa and then offers up an embedded vid of “The Iceman’s” infamous doped-up interview on Good Morning Texas from a few years ago. Hughes quips that Liddell’s incoherent mumblings are “probably what prompted the UFC to promote Chuck to his current role.”

Don’t worry though, he quickly explains that he’s just joking, that he’s only trying to pay Liddell back for making fun of him over some magazine spread years back. So, it’s cool you guys. Hughes is being a dick, but his intentions are good.

Except, the tenor of this “all in fun” teasing of Liddell makes us think back to the recent blog where Hughes not so subtly suggested that the UFC needed a third man in the broadcast booth … someone halfway articulate, but with some fighting experience …

Nah, it’d be crazy to think that with his own career winding down Matt Hughes is bucking for an office job with the UFC and secretly feels slighted that the company would hand this VP gig to an obvious lout like Liddell instead of offering it to him. Right?  Right?

Anyway, it’s probably best if we just let you read Hughes’ review of St. Pierre’s performance at UFC 124 for yourself. You remember, the one where GSP broke Koscheck’s orbital bone in the first round and then continued to unmercifully thump him on the feet for 20 more minutes? Yeah, shockingly Hughes was not impressed.

“I haven’t talked to you guys since the GSP fight so I’m going to say this, even though I’m going to piss a bunch of people off,” Hughes writes. “To me the GSP fight was boring and I’m even going to tell you why I think it was boring: because I believe GSP is on defense. Number one, he doesn’t want to lose the belt and, number two, I think the UFC is paying him too much money and he doesn’t want to lose that either. I don’t know what’s going on in his mind; but he just doesn’t seem like he wants to finish anybody.”

There you go, just the unbiased, honest opinion of a guy who lost not one, but two welterweight title bouts to St. Pierre. Come to think of it, it’s Hughes’ objectivity and unfettered commitment to the truth that would make him such a great broadcaster for the UFC. As for an executive vice president of business development? Well, the company probably needs someone who will be more open to the idea of doing tons of blow with the sheik of Abu Dhabi. Seems like the UFC made the right hire there …

Oh, shit. We almost forgot. Bible verse of the week, y’all:

May all that search for You be filled with joy and gladness in You. May those who love Your salvation repeatedly shout, “The LORD is great!” (Psalm 40:16)

Dude. Creepy.

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bobbyd- January 12, 2011 at 3:50 am
I am sick of people calling GSP fights boring. He just plain isn't and most real fans agree. He is the most popular mma guy in the world. He is a super classy champion. He is the best p4p fighter in mma. He fights intelligent strategic fights, he is a wrestler,he is a boxer, he is a grappler, he defeats his opponents unequivocally he ducks no one...Only a jealous loser would call his exhibition of boxing prowess against Koshcheck boring...I'll tell you what the fans no doubt preferred GSP's 25 minutes of entertaining pugilism to Hughes 25 seconds with Penn.
Canadian Chronic- January 7, 2011 at 9:49 am
Hughes is a dick, jealous that GSP will replace him as the greatest ww ever, pissed that he's fading into obscurity with no cushy office job waiting for him.

There is a quote that I think sums up most ppls' idea about religion,

religion is like having a dick,
its great you've got one,
but, dont whip it out in public and start waving it around
and for gods sake, dont try and cram it down anyones throat

if its a good idea, ppl will naturally gravitate towards it, no need to force upon someone, whats that called, oh yeah, brainwashing.
JoseMonkey- January 7, 2011 at 6:27 am
First, why is everyone giving MRuss shit over this post? I thought chaddundas wrote it?

I can understand why some people might not appreciate what they perceive as a liberal slant in CP's posts, but I don't think they've ever claimed to be 100% objective on all topics. The posters are entitled to their opinions and they have a right to express them. (As do we...)

As for the specific topic at hand, I'd say it's less about bashing Hughes for being a Christian and more about turning people into caricatures. We're all guilty of it to some extent. We take one or two character traits and make it into an overblown personality that we can make fun of. Thus you get "Lyoto the piss drinker" and "Tito's massive head" and "Koscheck the douche." (Oh wait, that last one is pretty right on...)

Whether you agree with his faith or not, Hughes is intensely Christian in a very in-your-face kind of way. (I mean, come on -- he is.) So, people are going to focus on that. Is it fair? Nope. But it sure makes the jokes easier to write.
swc52583- January 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm
OK so Hughes being religious shouldn't be in play...but yet when he made his team read bible verses on TUF when he coached...and when the guys who didn't want to went off to just sit quietly and he kept trying to make them do it even though he said it wasn't mandatory that's slightly ridiculous and anyone who ties to force their religion down their throat like that they're fair game
funkinblos- January 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Spoken like a true ignorant/arrogantCanadian I think u got your shit ass backwards.

JamesTChrist- January 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm
You guys, whoever is writing these headlines is saying 'you guys' a fucking ton, you guys!
RwilsonR- January 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm
I think the funny thing about this is how many people were bitching two or three months ago about how GSP was such a boring fighter who doesn't finish fights. Now that Matt Hughes says the same thing, everyone's mind changes so that they aren't in agreement with Matt Hughes. I'm all for for everyone thinking Matt Hughes is a dick, and if you want to be creeped out by his evangelism, that's fine, too. But don't change your opinion just so you aren't in agreement with him. Have a fucking mind of your own. I hate BJ Penn, but even that idiot is bound to say something I agree with at some point, and I'm not changing my opinion just because I might share it with him.

FTR, I've always found GSP to be exciting, whether he finishes fights or not. But I also used to find Matt Hughes really fucking exciting when he was champ, so go figure.
Dubya- January 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm
Spoken like true arrogant/ignorant Canadian. I've never met a Canadian who's presence I could stand for more than 20 minutes. from what I can tell.. all most of them do is smoke weed and talk mad shit all while living in the shadow of the good 'ol USA.

Although.. St. Pierre seems like a pretty swell fella. I have no problem with him.. he just fights a safe fight. He's a smart fighter because he's not a risk taker. He's not really concerned with putting on an exciting show for the audience. That's all I'm saying.

So.. if 1/3 of the population is Christian.. what about all the other religions... such as Hindus, Jews, Muslims.. etc. etc. They must all be weak minded individuals as well. Did you know Einstein was a religious person. So, you would also argue that he was weak minded. You are so ignorant man.. I feel sorry for you. You represent all that I've come to expect out of Canada. You only believe in things you can measure.. like the yellow on your teeth, the grease on your face, or even the strength of the foul odor that is probably coming out of your mouth at this moment. Pathetic.

Oh.. and what exactly does Canada rule???
Waxedpants- January 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm
I like the " You Guys " headings -- makes me think of cartman and cartman makes me happy
ikeelyou- January 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm
everybody gives GSP shit for not finishing fights. the way i see it he can obviously finish fights..ask hughes. GSP wants to be the best fighter in the world, if he knocks you out in 30 seconds like penn did hughes i dont think that is proving who better. anyone can get caught anytime. but if you do what gsp does and beat the shit out of people for 5 rounds, never losing a single round for however long it has been, i think that says who is better. cal it playing safe if you want to, but i would think if he wasnt the best, people would be finishing him. word.
Shatski- January 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm
I kind of remember reading that GSP said he wanted to make Kos looks absolutely stupid in their fight and not really finish him. Making him look completely inept for five rounds did the trick if that was his goal. Hughes has some highlights and high profile wins, not to mention a string of title defenses, but that was all years ago. When was his last relevant win? Renzo? Serra? Those were both too late for relevance. I agree about Randy being the third man in the booth out of anybody. He's a professional and is pretty unbiased. He's even complimentary of guys that he doesn't like. Hell, dude praised Toney even though he wanted to, and did, make him look stupid.
djp1988- January 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm
I can't wait to see Hughes blog about those damn kids on his lawn.
OhCanada27- January 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm
Dubya Says:
Thu, 01/06/2011 - 11:37
Since we are all in the mood for sharing opinions today:

1. Hughes has a point about St. Pierre playing it safe. You can't sit there and say he was risking it all by standing up with Kos. Since when is Kos known for his stand up skills?? Why didn't he stand and bang with Alves or BJ for that matter?? Hmmm..

2. What's so creepy about Matt quoting Bible verses? I guess that makes the billions of believers out there creepy as well. Way to go judge someone for having some faith... that must make you better than Matt or anyone else who believes in something that you don't.

3. I do agree that Matt would not make a very good unbiased announcer. I wish they would bring Randy back for that.. but I think he's got bigger plans.

Who wrote this POS blog entry? Has to be that Canada loving douchebag MRUSS."

Ahaha, oh the ignorance. Gotta love the fact that people can criticize someones fighting skill based on the fact that he's insuring a win for himself. So, lets see here... we all know the GSP critics would've ranted and raved had he "grinded out" another win or "humped his way" to a victory had he G'n'Ped Kos the whole fight, and now theres silly people out there saying that Georges was "playing it safe" by wrecking Kos' face in the stand-up war for 5 rounds. So what's the route GSP can take to get respect from some of you guys? Jump in the pocket and bang out wild hooks with Kos until someone drops? Does he have to take the fight to the one place he might lose in order to gain appreciation??

Oh and one more thing there, DUBYA, people find the religious banter "creepy" because we all know it for what it is in today's society: a crutch for weak minded people to lean on to get through their day. Only 1/3 of the world is Christian, fella, and the other 4.5 billionpeople on Earth find the preachiness a little pompous and, uh, creepy at times.

One more thing, CANADA RULES, fucker!
ThaCrakin- January 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm
I think its so funny when people say that GSP doesnt go for broke and try to finish fights! So he is supposed to do that is that the key to winning? Because it didnt work for Fitch when he fought GSP, didnt work Kosh, or BJ, or even Alves for that matter. Winning is winning regardless they are putting there bodies on the line in this sport you wont last long not being smart. Gsp wins and doing it the way he does it gets him paid, he is healthy and taking no damage and he is the champ. I call it smart. You guys are so far behind its rediculous! Toodles Trolls
fatbellyfrank- January 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm
But Hughes is a dick, which TUF was he coach on?, have another look at some episodes of that( we get it on almost constant rotation on Fuel tv down here) the way he speaks to people, treats people, he's an arrogant little fuck, so I'm happy to read an article slagging him off.
Now are we gonna see random hot sluts anytime soon Mruss?
Videodrome_NOW- January 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm
Man, again I leave and the shit talkin begins. 2 days in a row I miss this shit. Alright. It doesn't matter if Hughes is right or not. Why? Because it's more asanine for him to be calling out GSP, as if he'd been previously destroying the division. As a number one contender, fine, talk all the shit you want, but Hughes ain't.
Also it's okay to be a Christian, but if you're going to go public with it, as we all know Hughes is prone to, you're going to be judged for it because you're exposing yourself. Is it a big deal if MRuss is anti-christianity? What if he's really Christian and is just pointing out some funny things that some in the really hardcore christian community tend to do? You see by calling out MRuss for his judgment, you really end up judging him. IMO, my jokes kick most people's jokes ass, but you see that's being arrogant, and so I keep coming back to this site to donate my god given gift of meaningless rambling to show others the way.

You see what I did there??
Mofo- January 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm
I AM an angry motherfucker, genius! That's why my name's Mofo!!
KINGMADE- January 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm
Guys... just remember back with Frank Trigg blasted Hughes in the balls... then Hughes got out of a deep rear naked choke to submit Frank with the rear naked... ahh the glory days of Hughes... this is what I will remember.
AndyInflammatory- January 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm
seems like everybody is a critic these days

The Hughes dichotomy is his adherence to sweetie-pie Christian values combined with his tendency to sit up in an ivory tower and pee on everybody around him - if thats not worth calling out, then what is..?

...and as far as GSP being defensive, well, attack is the best form of defense, right..?

Finally, I suggest anybody who has an issue with the guy who writes the stories should knock out a few articles themselves and submit them for publication just to even the odds and make everybody happy.

I'd read it..! Oh boy..!
DangadaDang- January 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm
Jesus its like Hughes hasn't even watched half of his own fights.
Dubya- January 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm
We are having fun on this site. Sharing different opinions and all. I thought that was the whole POINT of a comments section. Maybe you should remember to take your meds.. smoke a joint or something, you angry motherfucker.
d-vex- January 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm
hughes is right GSP is boring and plays it safe its a fact
SquidInk- January 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm

And when an atheist or liberal fighter gets called out for being a dick, does CP milk the liberal or atheist angle? No.

How bout some fucking consistency.
Mofo- January 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm


I didn't know MMA fans could be such whiny little vaginas.

Get the fuck out of here and let us have some fun on this site.
budsellers- January 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm
hughes is arrogant, but it does not make him incorrect though. i do not like the man. however, behaving this way is part of being an arrogant asshole.

gsp has said himself in several interviews that he fights to win, but also to stay safe. he may be the second best draw for ufc, but he does not get my ppv dollars. i really dislike brock for the person he seems to be, but i paid (and probably will continue to pay) for most of his ppv's because he fights to finish a guy and mostly because i wanted(and i still want) to see him lose. on the other hand, i do not care if i do not get to see gsp lose live because he is not the kind of fighter i want to see perform in the octagon and if he loss, i am sure i will get to see the video.

the bible verse was creepy because it seems that hughes is not "filled with joy and gladness" and he apparently has no love for gsp's salvation either.