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Old 09-27-2007, 11:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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
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Old 09-28-2007, 12:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Great post!!! It explains his mindset and makes perfect sense.

Kudos to Hughes for being brave enough to go ahead and hand out the bibles in the first place. I could have told him he would get crap for doing that.

Christians are just as persecuted as anyone else when it comes to religion. Hughes is a great role model, unlike Serra bro, who is a total tool bro.
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Old 09-28-2007, 12:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I really didn't see a problem, he didn't pressure anybody and looked like he just told Mac that it was cool if he didn't want to read the bible but it was a good story!
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Old 09-28-2007, 12:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The bottom line is that TUF isn't Sunday school and I also find it ridiculous because Hughes is using his position of power to try and push his religion on other people, however passively or harmless it may seem. If Hughes was just another fighter in the house and said, "Hey guys, let's read the bible and figure out which characters we are" they all probably would have told him to get real.

He also couldn't let Mac sleep through the session without guilting him into getting up and reading it.

Also, imagine that a coach was having all the fighters read the Quran instead of the bible. It's no difference and every Christian who thinks that Hughes is in the right in this situation would have been like WTF!!!

It's not the end of the world, just makes Hughes look like a tool.
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Old 09-28-2007, 12:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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That was interesting and makes sense. He didn't seem to push anyone into it, he just said that he had bibles and if anyone wants to read it go ahead.
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Smu, he didn't push anything on anyone. According to him that was the only book allowed. Which isn't surprising considering that they cannot even use the phone once during TUF or read a newspaper.

He didn't force it, he said if you want to. Mac Danzig wasn't forced, he was sleeping and that seemed like the only things Hughes didn't want (thats pretty much like detention in school).

Keep in mind these guys have 1 thing to do for 6 weeks and thats train. Reading, no matter what it is, is probably a nice break.

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Old 09-28-2007, 12:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The bottom line is that TUF isn't Sunday school and I also find it ridiculous because Hughes is using his position of power to try and push his religion on other people, however passively or harmless it may seem. If Hughes was just another fighter in the house and said, "Hey guys, let's read the bible and figure out which characters we are" they all probably would have told him to get real.

He also couldn't let Mac sleep through the session without guilting him into getting up and reading it.

Also, imagine that a coach was having all the fighters read the Quran instead of the bible. It's no difference and every Christian who thinks that Hughes is in the right in this situation would have been like WTF!!!

It's not the end of the world, just makes Hughes look like a tool.
I just looked at it differently than you do I guess. He explains that he was attempting to give them another diversion in an otherwise diversionless situation.

Matt, being a Christian, thought having the opportunity to read the bible would help relieve the boredom of the house. It is funny to me that he does not have someone like JOEY on his team moaning about some chick he barely knows. He was trying to give HIS guys a break.

If it had been me, I would have handed the bible to JOEY, and MADE him read the book of JOB. Then the little bitch would know he was foolish to complain.

One question, would it have bothered you if you learned that they asked for bibles, but were refused?

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He passively pushed it on them because he is their coach, and I'm sure 90% of them felt like they should do his assignment to maintain good standing with him. Mac was the only one with some balls, although it seemed like when Hughes woke him up he gave in. I know he didn't shove it down their throats, I just found the whole thing ridiculous (not in an I'm angry way, just laugable).

Anyone also notice Mac almost didn't join in at the end of the show circle prayer session? Bringing ones religion into the show just makes people uncomfortable.
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The bottom line is when you have a COACH you have them as a whole person. Being a christian is a HUGE part of who MAtt Hughes is, so people knew that if they were on his team god was going to be brought up in there somewhere.
They signed up for the show anyway
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One question, would it have bothered you if you learned that they asked for bibles, but were refused?
I would have to know the reason for the refusal to pass judgment. I have no problem with people practicing religion, just keep it to yourself unless someone comes to you asking about it - then you can say all you want.
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