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Matt Hughes: Yale Chubb Fellow, Political Pundit

(Swaying the important ground-and-pound voter block.)

Former UFC champ Matt Hughes received the prestigious Yale Chubb Fellow this week, which he described as, “just an award for being who you are and standing up for what you believe is right.” That’s one way of putting it, though it wouldn’t explain why Queen Latifah has yet to receive the award.

A slightly different description comes from Time magazine — “the prestigious fellowship was endowed by Insurance Executive Hendon Chubb (’95) to encourage student interest in public affairs” — but then that doesn’t explain why Hughes got it. Other recipients include Harry Truman, Jesse Jackson, Maya Angelou, and Adlai Stevenson. How Hughes fits in there, I have absolutely no clue.

Anyway, they brought him to Yale and gave him some money, which he then gave to the Rancho 3M Christian orphanage, so something good came out of it.

Hughes also discusses the presidential election in his recent blog entry. We already knew he was voting for John McCain, but here he takes some time to explain why, perhaps to sway those mythical undecided voters we keep hearing about. After the jump, the political endorsement that could turn the tide of the election.

I’ve been asked a lot about this election and I’ve decided to go ahead and answer. I vote this way for my kids just as much as myself. First I think experience is an important factor. McCain has plenty, with over 20 years of experience as a Senator. Senator Obama has been there for around 4 years, but you have to subtract a year because he’s spent that running for the Presidency. One thing I dislike about Obama is he’s never shown that he loves this country. Whether it’s not putting his hand over his heart when he says the Pledge of Allegiance, or his wife’s comment about this being the first time she’s been proud of her country (when her husband was nominated as the Democrat candidate).

This is also going to be a big election because this President could get to pick three Supreme Court justices. I’m pro-life, against gay marriages, pro-gun and I want to keep our borders tight and I am in support of the war. I would not withdraw right now, I think we are well on our way towards what we wanted to do over there. I was told that these are not things that should determine the Presidency. I totally disagree. With the President going to nominate maybe three justices, I think it is a huge factor in this election. Another thing, I want the President to be a good role model, Senator McCain always addresses Barack Obama as Mr. or Senator Obama [ed. note: really?]. Barack always addresses Mr. McCain as John McCain. I like the respect value that Mr. McCain always shows. I dislike that Barack seems to show no respect for Mr. McCain. Barack not putting his hand over his heart during the Pledge also falls under the respect factor.

If Obama’s tax plan is what I’ve heard it is, then if you make over $250,000 a year, he is going to take 65 cents for every dollar you make and redistribute that. I’m all for helping people who need help, what I dislike is the government giving money to people who just want to sit around and be lazy and would rather soak up taxpayers’ money instead of going out and getting a job. I think we have enough of that already and those people don’t need anymore help. I would rather choose for myself who my money goes to.

Of course, everybody knows that I’m a born-again Christian, I know the McCain/Palin ticket share my views a lot closer than Obama/Biden. I don’t know for sure whether McCain is a Christian or not, however I do know that he sacrificed years of his life defending our freedoms which include freedom of religion. So he has proven that he is willing to sacrifice of himself to protect our Constitutional rights.

I do agree with Biden when he said that, if Obama gets elected, then somebody will test him within 6 months. The whole world is looking at this election and all those countries out there that hate us and want to do harm to us are hoping that Obama gets elected.

I can look past the fact that McCain was against my sport. I’m not taking that personally, I’m doing what I think is best for my kids and my country.

So, I hope people go out and use their best judgement and not look at who they can relate to the most, but who is going to do the best job out there.


Feel free to use the comments section, or perhaps even the forums, to express your feelings on the matter. It’s what our forefathers intended.

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robthom- January 6, 2010 at 3:11 pm
Congrats Matt.
Cat Smasher- November 2, 2008 at 4:02 pm
@ Sean
"He (OBAMA) is nothing more than a persuader of blank minds." Funny I was about to say the same thing about your guy, only your guy isn't very good at it.
"His counterpart/VP, what a gem?!? He is an elitist, nothing more need be said." Right because your guy for president is so down to earth that he can't remember how many houses he owns (it's 8 by-the-way). And the Rebub VP, now there's a real gem, an evengelical-know-nothing gem, but a gem nonetheless.
Nobama- November 2, 2008 at 3:12 pm
I've noticed a false statement in my comments above. The US actually did have negative growth before this quarter in a time after the depression, and that happened the last time we elected a bona-fide genius as president of the US. Jimmy Carter, lol. He had literally had a higher IQ than every president the US has ever elected since then, and every candidate who has been nominated by either party... before Mr. Obama who presumably also has a high IQ....
Sean- November 2, 2008 at 1:59 pm
First off, I would like to take the time to thank all of you that have posted. It means so much to me that you all care enough about this election and what Matt Hughes has to say about it, that you took time away from eating Cheetos and watching pornos to post a comment. Those of you who believe that Barrack is in his right frame of mind need to pull your own head out of your own ass and look around. He has been the most self-contradicting media-whore I have ever seen. He is nothing more than a persuader of blank minds. His counterpart/VP, what a gem?!? He is an elitist, nothing more need be said. It seems to me that Barrack's voters don't have a thought for themselves. I guess it is just easier to believe what you see on TV, than to form a personal opinion.
hughesisamoron- November 2, 2008 at 1:22 pm
I never liked Matt Hughes and this just solidifies it. Generally i think people that are homophobic have some homosexual tendencies of their own. While not believing in gay marriage is his right, it just proves how simple-minded Matt truly is. I hope serra snaps his arm, leg, neck and doesnt let go when Herb Dean (hopefully the referee so he lets serra punish Matt longer than need be) tries to pull him off. I knew Matt was a small town man witha small town mind. Its crazy that this election is as close as it is.
Anonymous- November 2, 2008 at 5:31 am
Ron Paul
JP- November 1, 2008 at 11:24 pm
WOW....It is when I hear fools like him that I am embarassed of being a Christian. Matt, your reasons for not chosing Obama are pathetic and totally transparent. Because he hasn't "shown" that he loves the country...what? The man has travelled the world trying to change the opinions about Americans. Believe me, Americans are starting to realize that they need the global perception to change.

Does being Christian in the US mean you have to start a false war to prove your "proud" to be an American? Or maybe it means systematically destroying the economy to liberate/mass murder innocent people half way across the globe?

In Canada we believe in diplomacy and acceptance even though you might no necessarily believe in what other people are doing.

When will guys like Hughes realize that Republican policy is skewed? Perhaps it will be when global markets crash due to bad American/Republican policy........wait a minute.
Zombie Rock- November 1, 2008 at 10:58 pm
We're screwed. Ron Paul was the best hope for this country. Obama's inexperienced and McCain's a senile, delusional old puppet. Palin's a fucking joke and Biden can't say two paragraphs without swallowing his foot. Is this really the best this county has to offer? I'm going to Canada to get some of that free 'socialist' healthcare. See you when we merge into the N.American Union!
Anonymous- November 1, 2008 at 7:34 pm
How can you say in retrospect Obama is better than the vast majority of America's recent Presidents. What exactly has he done? Nothing. You're an idiot
Rorschach- November 1, 2008 at 5:53 pm
Hughes is an idiot, and so is anybody who thinks that McCain will be anything but a disaster for the United States (that includes you Nobama). Granted Obama is not perfect, but the best America can do now is vote for the lesser evil. In retrospect, Obama is better than the vast majority of America's recent Presidents. It's morons like Hughes who have, with their voting power, destroyed America. So if you're gonna vote McCain, then go ahead. But when the day comes that the American people have been ravaged and exhausted both economically and mentally by war and terror; It will be then that both America and the world will look up and shout "Save Us" and I will whisper "No".
Jameson- November 1, 2008 at 9:15 am
Matt Hughes exemplifies why the people who run smear campaigns think that Americans in general are dumb and will vote on any criteria.

Matt listed a ton of unsubstantial crap as his reason for voting McCain.

I guess he did it with decent spelling, just superficially based and flawed reasoning.
Hulk Hogan- November 1, 2008 at 7:18 am
A born again christian that is pro war and pro guns? Hughes is a idiot. Nuff said
KG- November 1, 2008 at 5:18 am
What a moron- Hughes needs to stop reading chain emails, check out, they debunked the pledge of allegiance (and MANY) false claims about Obama... it was during the star spangled banner, NOT the pledge of allegence. MANY people do not put their hand over their heart during it.. what a moron.

No wonder why this dumbass fights for a living, hes too fucking stupid to do anything that requires his brain.

Matt Hughes is a uneducated redneck.... go back to hunting and supported losers, like yourself. You cant win any more fights, and the guy you are backing cannot win either, so you guys relate well.. I am glad Alves jacked you up!
Black IS a qualification- November 1, 2008 at 1:55 am
@Cat Smasher,
Sheep sounds about right, blame Bush for everything. Let us ignore the fact that the housing crisis started with Jimmy Carter and the Community Reinvestment Act. Let's ignore the fact that the Congress and the Senate actually make the vote and Bush is just the douche with the pen that signs the bill with the majority approval. Let's keep up with the Obama mantra of "the last 8 years" and ignore anything before that so as not to lose a Clinton endorsement. Let's keep everything right on party lines so we can skew the blame towards the other party and distract from the real culprits. The economy is completely a bipartisan effort of failure.

Did I say anything about stupid liberals or stupid conservatives? Fight that party line to the death jackass, just keep ignoring reality.

Don't assume, sheep, that I am a conservative just because I think liberal policies are what is dragging this economy down. It's the overwhelming "touch of shit" our government has when it interferes with common sense. So tell me, what good comes from raising taxes on corporations? Please explain to me how that helps anyone but the fed and their ability to buy votes by demagoguing success.
Cat Smasher- November 1, 2008 at 12:18 am
@ Black IS a qualification,
Because the Bush tax cuts and the last 8 years of economic stewardship has done wonders for the US, right? Now, those boys really know how to "stimulate the economy".
Oh and there are way more stupid conservatives than stupid Liberals. It's a scientific fact. The birthrate of conservatives is also way higher than that of Liberals. Check the stats. So who is it that's "out-fucking" who in the US again?
"Obama Sheep" come on man, really look in the mirror. Who's really the "sheep" here?
@ Red Baron,
Do you have any idea what ACORN actually does? Did you know that your guy McCain spoke at one of their rallys in 2006?
But it's us "lib voices" that are the "uninformed' ones, the ones that "should pretty much be ignored", correct? Stick to MMA bud. I'm guessing there's probably a reason you didn't attempt to share your actual positions.
tully- November 1, 2008 at 12:06 am
palin = fail
Giant- October 31, 2008 at 10:58 pm
Obama made have had this a Harvard education but where did he place in his class? No one knows because he won't release his school records. Why you ask? I can only think of two reasons. 1) His papers were so radical that releasing them would kill any chance of his getting elected. 2) He went to school as a foreign (ie Kenyan or Indonesian) citizen. Also, what did he do with this great education. He became a community organizer. He is basically a higher level Al Sharpton. Not sure what a so called community organizer pays but he sure got a nice house out of it. People need to open their eyes.
Paul- October 31, 2008 at 10:26 pm
I felt completely disappointed when I read Matt hughes is going to vote for McCain and Matt is in favour of war? Did I read well? oh my god... and he goes to church? Am I right? What does he go for if he doesn't understand a thing? So many punches on his head undoubtedly affected him. Matt, you should go back to school and start all over again with so many contradictions in your life!
Black IS a qualification- October 31, 2008 at 9:35 pm
OK nutjobs, how does raising capital gains and corporate taxes stimulate the economy? That creates jobs? Increases pay and benefits? Makes the cost of goods more affordable? Um, no that just plays the wealth envy game to the ignorant majority. What that does is increase the amount of money the government has to BUY your vote. When your company makes their cutbacks because you had to just stick it to those evil rich, dont worry, mommy will be there to take care of you.

I am now completely sold that Joe Rogan has some truth in his views on Egypt. Stupid people are definitely out-fucking the smart ones (understandable though, you get a bigger welfare check with more babies).

Don't worry Obama sheep, if you don't feel like waiting in line just text in your vote to Ryan Seacrest and we'll have your results....after the break

Oh yeah, rich is now a family making 150k, not 250.
JIMMA- October 31, 2008 at 8:51 pm
Red Moron..oops, baron...

Why don't you post your stance and views on the subject instead of bashing the people who have put the time into typing legit opinions on Hughes' 'idea' of the election?
Red Baron- October 31, 2008 at 7:04 pm
Whoa! This forum has got to be the biggest collection of uninformed morons outside ACORN.

I love it when Liberals offer political views - it reminds conservatives that lib voices should pretty much be ignored. Goodness, the collective liberal IQ here is somewhere near the number of wins Kimbo has.
34-year-old Canadian- October 31, 2008 at 6:49 pm
Oh, and it's also nice to see that McCain had the Homophobe and Racist voting blocks all fired up and ready to go for Tuesday. It's going to be fun to watch. Although, I'm kinda' glad it's going to be from the sidelines at this point.
34-year-old Canadian- October 31, 2008 at 6:39 pm
@ Nobama, whoa dude... at this point I'm going top warn everybody else that this is going to be a little on the lengthy side...No disrespect Nobama, but I am curious as to your age. Care to share (full disclosure, I'm 34 and Canadian). I ask because I want to understand just where it is you get some of your ideas from (like your talking-point-style, right-wing-blog-cut-and-paste Biden Gaffe examples). Anyway, back to your posts, exactly how does being a shitty military man and a POW for 5 years automatically make one qualified to be the president, or even form the basis from which one might launch that argument? In fact, it is understandable to think that the psychological damage question alone might actually make a torture victim uniquely unqualified for such a stressfull and pressire packed position. Or alternatively, just because the guy has been a senator for 20 odd years and Obama has done it for 4, means that McCain is the obvious choice? Ignore McCain's record of 90% agreement with Bush, the same bush who's failed economic policies effectively got the entire global economy to the point it's at today. Ignore their compared academic records, Obama - Harvard Law etc., McCain - Bottom of his graduating class (894 of 899) at the US Naval Academy (even if he's not that dumb, what does 5th from the bottom say about the guys character?). Ignore the fact that McCain has reversed his position on so many issues since he set his eyes on this desperate final run at the presidency that most moderates and independents that have followed his career can't decide whether to barf or burst out laughing. Read your own words Nobama, live them. I mean, you can feel free to stop comparing the Prez candidate to the Vice Prez candidate. I, and I'm sure at this point, most Americans, are comfortable comparing the ENTIRE Dem ticket to the ENTIRE Repub ticket.
Sarah Palin is an idiot, plain and simple. There are so many things wrong with Sarah Palin as a VP choice (with the worst being what it says about McCain's decision making - even if you ignore the decision made, the process by which he apparently made it are really messed up for a guy trying to become the next "leader of the free world") it's hard to figure out where to start. Among many other "issues", this lady,or GWB: The Sequel, seems to have no intellectual curiosity whatsoever, she's got an almost unbelievably low knowledge level on current events for a sitting governor, and she can't even do an interview to save her life (unless it's with Sean Hannity). I mean, judging by what you have written here in this comments section alone, I can already tell that you are in all likelihood, much smarter than the Alaskan Governor (watch the debate with Biden again if you have any doubts).
And yet, for some reason, you are willing to forgive all these facts, in order to keep your team in the White house for another 4 years, and then you have the audacity to talk about the rest of us "drinking the koolaid". "Hey Kettle, it's the Pot calling!!". Anyway, gotta run...
Bump- October 31, 2008 at 4:46 pm
JIMMA- October 31, 2008 at 3:54 pm
"I’m all for helping people who need help, what I dislike is the government giving money to people who just want to sit around and be lazy and would rather soak up taxpayers’ money instead of going out and getting a job. "

I'm sorry for the double post, but this guy is a douche!

Speaking as a 22 year old college student I find it very hard to pity not giving a tax break to those who are making in excess of 250,000 dollars a year. When was the last time he tried to get a 'real' job? It isn't easy to go out and hook a job right now in our current economic situation.

SORRY 'Mr.' Hughes not everyone has the luxury you do..