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Video: This Is How Matt Hughes Came Up, Yo

It should surprise no one to learn that Matt Hughes did a lot of scrapping with his twin brother Mark as a kid.  You put two country boys out on the farm with not much else to do, beating on one another is bound to become the primary source of entertainment.  But just to remove all doubt on the matter, Hughes posted this video of a Christmas morning in the Hughes household circa 1976 to his website. 

At first it’s just Mark and Matt and their older sister unwrapping presents in their pj’s, filled with all the bushy-headed amazement you might expect.  But that’s before some genius gave them various types of boxing gloves, presumably to protect their little hands from damage during the many fights that began erupting as soon as the boys learned to make fists.  The funny part is, watch how quickly a boxing match between the Hughes boys turns into a wrestling match.  It’s like they can’t help it.  Their parents don’t seem too concerned.  They don’t even step in to stop those strikes to the back of the head from Matt’s older sister.  Think of it as quality training for the hard years to come.


  1. BuckWild Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 06:14

    This reminds me of my childhood!
  2. Wade Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 06:38

    Matt's older sister had good takedown defense and some serious Ground 'n Pound.
  3. itsgalf Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 06:43

    looks like his striking never really got any better
  4. robthom Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 06:58

    The early introduction of the boxing gloves doesn't surprise me. From what I've heard, including in Hughes own words, about what an abusive and egotistical sadist he was through high school and college, I would have to assume that that kind of asshole fire could only have been stoked and fed from an early age. And most certainly at every holiday gathering. I wonder if the gloves came before or after the sparring baseball bats.
  5. SiDeBuRnZ Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 07:24

    His striking was so much crisper last time. His precision was really..... precise.
  6. Clyde Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 08:03

    Damn, Itsgalf beat me to the "it looks like his striking has... not changed that much since then really" angle. Miss hughes sure gave those two an ass whoopin. I haven't seen hughes get beaten like that since Hughes Vs GSP III. Would anyone else like to see her against kyra gracie at some point?
  7. BackbaconBilly Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 08:08

    The good old days when parents encouraged violence,lol
  8. Lek Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 09:17

    Man I love film (and analog in general!)
  9. Angry Monkey Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 10:29

    The part where they start snoodling is just priceless, LOL!
  10. Poutine Guillotine Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 11:17

    Am I the only one wondering if Matt's sister is single? Between kicking Matt Hughes' ass and the country breakfasts it's worth looking into. Quick to the googlemobile...... Ahhh shit..... for whatever reason I just got fart porn results, oh well happy sunday!
  11. Mindtravel Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 12:26

    Motherfucker got boxing gloves THIRTY YEARS AGO and he never learned how to use them. Holy shit.
  12. LetMeStickItInYourRua Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 01:03

    Did anyone else see the ultra gay moment when they touched tips, of the toy guns, that's what started the fight. Oh and no wonder Hughes is always a dick. He grew up in a time before sound.
  13. NomadRip Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 02:44

    Socker Boppers were the best toy ever.
  14. robthom Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 03:38

    "Between kicking Matt Hughes' ass and the country breakfasts it's worth looking into." Good point. I wanna get my ass kicked by Matt Hughes sister too! And dont forget the wonderful glowing feeling of Christian guilt trips, fear mongering and hatred towards "those ones over there".
  15. zing Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 06:11

    Check out 5:21 for the smoke curling up from Daddy's smoke while the kids are opening presents. Yep. The good old days.
  16. Ilovemarijuana Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 06:25

    Matts sister by KO 5:39
  17. Smitty Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 08:53

    Anyone else see little Matt go in for the double leg on his sister at the end of the video? Same old Matt!
  18. Antone Says:

    Sun, 12/27/09 - 09:04

    not to pussy this post up... but that was actually a nice little memory caught there lol. i smiled the whole way through.
  19. Carl Sagan Says:

    Mon, 12/28/09 - 02:09

    I enjoyed that clip. I wonder which one was Matt?
  20. RPS13 Says:

    Mon, 12/28/09 - 06:36

    damn that sprawl at 3:52 was tits!
  21. itsgalf Says:

    Mon, 12/28/09 - 06:49

    parents shouldn't pussify their children. Let them beat on each other.
  22. robthom Says:

    Mon, 12/28/09 - 09:56

    Better yet just beat their children.
  23. abenormal Says:

    Mon, 12/28/09 - 12:35

    So three-year-old Matt Hughes is Brock Lesnar's striking coach?
  24. Da Spied Her Says:

    Mon, 12/28/09 - 12:46

    I used to date his sister. She's not that great, she just kind of lays on top of you.
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