Hughes Blog about Bible week.
First, I’ll go over a couple of questions we got about last week’s show:
A few asked how much I knew about the fighters before taping started and if I was given a list beforehand to start making picks. Well, as the episode showed, I actually met the fighters at the gym, so when they walked in, that was the first time I had seen any of them and I only had 4 hours to make my selections. So, I didn’t know anything about any of the fighters before I saw them in the gym on the first day.
Some people also asked where I stayed while the show was getting filmed. We did not stay in the house with the fighters, we had apartments next to the Hard Rock. Me and my family (who arrived near the end of filming) stayed in one apartment, my coaches stayed in the other. The only time we had cameras on us was when we were doing something with the UFC, like a weigh-in or during training; but we never had cameras on us in the evenings or during our “off-time.”
About tonight’s episode, my reason for giving my guys Bibles was, first of all, to introduce them to the Bible if they had never read one. Also to give them some down time. All they knew was the house and the gym and they had no contact with the outside world. Their phones were taken away, they have no magazines, no TV, no books; so I tried to give them some time to where they could read the Bible if they wanted to read something or just relax, play cards, whatever. So, instead of just having the house and the gym, I wanted to give them another place where they could just let their mind be free and do other things they wouldn’t get to do otherwise. And the Bible was the only book that “production” would allow me to give them.
I think the fight was a good match up by Matt Serra. I wanted Dorian to go up against another stand up guy, because I knew he wasn’t very strong on the ground; but I wasn’t going to say, in front of Dorian, that I thought this was a bad match-up and that he would lose if it went to the ground. I wanted to stay positive and give him ways to win and not just talk about his weaknesses. A good coach will say that you do have chances of winning fights if you just do ‘this,’ ‘this’ and ‘this’…. Unfortunately, Matt took him down as was able to get him.
If you have any questions about tonight’s show be sure to send them in and I’ll answer a couple next week. -Matt