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Matt Hughes prefers shooting non-living things

I give Matt Hughes a hard time for being a gun nut, not really on any legal or moral basis (okay maybe a little moral basis) but for the fact that anyone owning a gun which is banned from use on humans by the United Nations – the .50 calibre rifle Matt has – scares the fuck out of me. There’s a healthy debate floating around on if the fucking thing can take out a jet plane, for god’s sake. But I feel a bit better now because Matt’s primary pleasure comes not from turning animals inside out from half a mile away but from a more ‘life-friendly’ activity:

I caught up with nine-time UFC World Champion Matt Hughes at the Knight Rifles booth early Saturday morning and asked him about his hunting and shooting background. He and his identical twin brother, Mark, grew up hunting and shooting on their rural farm in Illinois. They continue to hunt, but prefer the time they get to spend together on the target range because it allows more trigger time together.

According to Hughes, when hunting, you may get only one shot–if that–and then it’s over, but with targets you shoot until you either run out of ammo, time, or daylight–whichever comes first. It was obvious to me from the vigor in his eyes that target shooting with Mark is the height of Matt’s shooting enjoyment.

Props to FightOpinion for bringing the link to my attention!

  • JohnMatrix

    Hughes doesn’t hunt with that thing only because he can’t carry the table out in the woods with him.

  • Dangerfield

    What is Samwise Gamgee doing with Matt Hughes?

  • Jemaleddin

    Also, every time he leaves his house he has nightmares of GSP beating the hell out of him, so he’s got to stay close to home. No gun in the world is going to make him feel safe after that last drubbing.

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  • garth

    and i don’t mean you ryan, but the article you’re quoting. i hate that self-aggrandizing “nine-time champ” bullshit.

  • Pug

    Just to clarify… the .50 calibre bullet is not banned for use on humans… the Canadian and US military snipers use them. The longest confirmed kill, held by a Canadian soldier, was taken by a .50 cal rifle. They’re also used in .50 cal machine guns.
    It is illegal to own a .50 cal rifle in California, though.
    Still creepy that he owns one… just saying.

  • Keith


    Ignorance is truely bliss. Do you believe every pile of shit handed to you from some feel good group? I properly placed rock can take down a jet. BAN ALL ROCKS!

  • fightlinker

    Note that I said there’s a debate on the topic, not that it’s a sure thing. An incendiary round in an engine or along fuel lines could take out a plane. And since the rifle can fire accurately from 2KM away … yeah. Sounds a lot more plausible than a rock. My wonder is WHY exactly are weapons like this accessible to the general public???

  • Jemaleddin

    Ryan, Ryan, Ryan – you don’t understand our American ways. TJ said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” You’ll hear that from gun-nuts all the time. So clearly, the reason you need that gun is to shoot American soldiers. But I think if you have a “Support the Troops” magnet on your pick-up, it’s okay.

  • Keith

    Yeah. I’m sure those Jew’s saw the advantage of a safer society when the Nazi’s banned firearm ownership for them. Stalin also viewed a safer society, so he banned private firearm ownership in his country. Also made it far easier to summarily imprison or execute 10,000,000+ dissidents. Don’t even get me started on Mao.

    An armed society is a free society. I’ll take my chances with a nutjob and a 50 BMG vs a nutjob and an entire standing army that is unopposed.

  • Jemaleddin

    @Keith: I can’t WAIT to see how your weapons fare against the National Guard in their tanks and planes. I’m sure you’ll REALLY intimidate them. Best of luck, sir.

  • Keith

    Yeah. Those iraqi insurgents are doing a piss poor job in the same situation.

    Your insight is amazing!