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Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

Issue 068

The Original Automotive Lifestyles Magazine. In this issue: Criss Angel, Dana White, Tapout, Swift Car Club, DUBSHOW Houston + Englishtown, Spocom Supershow, and many more!

Friday, 15 October 2010 20:39

Dana White: The Will to Win

Dana White“Do you let your competitors just walk all over you and do whatever they want? Or do you wake up, get up out of bed, and try to kick their f*cking asses? When you punch in, you’re ready to go to f*cking war, and when you punch out, you hope you took another big chunk outta their f*ckin ass that day.”

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

The UFC's Heavy Hitters through the years

Tap, snap or nap…future UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes often gives opponents one of these three choices. The thing about fighting Hughes is that you already know what’s coming: he wants to take you down and either ground and pound you or choke you out. The question is: Can you stop it? Very few have. To put his career in perspective, the 34-year-old Hillsboro, Illinois native held the UFC Welterweight title longer than anyone in that organization’s history, and after almost 50 pro fights sports a better win percentage (.895) than the 1995-1996 Bulls (.878) from nearby Chicago, widely considered the best NBA team of all-time. Love him or hate him, Hughes’ dominance in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has to be respected.

This year marks a significant turning point in Hughes’ career: he starred on the sixth season of the hit UFC reality show “The Ultimate Fighter,” recently started a new MMA gym called The H.I.T. Squad (Hughes Intensive Training), signed a deal with the MMA-inspired clothing brand One More Round, is looking to regain the UFC title from current champ Matt Serra, and even has his own action figure coming out from toy company Round 5. DUB managed to catch up with Hughes in between his brutal two-a-day, four-hour plus workouts to discuss his career, growing up on a farm and his love for hogs (the ones that go fast, not the ones that go oink).

Originally, Hughes was scheduled to fight Matt Serra for the UFC Welterweight Championship on December 29 for UFC 79, but will now fight Georges St. Pierre for the interim Championship due to a herniated disc in Serra’s lower back, suffered in November.

How was life growing up in Hillsboro? Did you always have a love for cars?
I was born and raised on a farm, so my brother and I were always taking the motor out of something and putting it into something else. I’ve always been into turning wrenches.

Tell me about your chopper and about your Hummer H2.
I’ve got a custom chopper from Count’s Kustoms. It’s got a hard tail (no shocks in the back), a 240 back tire and a 100-cubic-inch. RevTech motor in it. I’ve had several bikes, including a [Honda] CBR. I used to like fast bikes, but now I’m just a cruiser in my old age. The Hummer I got for doing “The Ultimate Fighter 2.” It’s an ’06, has a 6-inch lift, supercharger and full exhaust. It’s a good running machine.

Matt Hughes

How and when did you discover MMA?
I got my start with a small show in Chicago. It was an easy transition from [collegiate] wrestling to fighting. I love to compete. That’s what gets me in the ring.

After training with (former UFC champion) Pat Miletich and his guys in Iowa for many years, how is it having your own gym (The H.I.T. Squad) now?
It’s going great. I’ve got Robbie Lawler, Matt Peña and Marc Fiore with me. I have a new crew of people to train with, but, if I need to, I can go up [to Miletich’s gym] to train.

How do you think Matt Serra stacks up against other top fighters in the welterweight division, such as yourself, George St. Pierre, Jon Fitch, etc?
I don’t think Serra is in the top 10.

Serra has been very vocal in interviews about how he feels about you. What do you think about his harsh words toward you, and do you think you are in his head?
By saying what he says and acting how he does, he is showing everyone how insecure and immature he is. Yes, I think he’s worried.

How do you feel about this season of “The Ultimate Fighter?” Was its portrayal of you accurate?
I was a little frustrated at times, but that’s coaching. It was pretty accurate. Everything they’re showing, I said or did. But the show has definitely helped my career. People know who I am now.

It seems like it’s a mixed blessing that you’ve gained a lot more fame from the show. On MMA message boards like Sherdog.net and “The Underground” at mma.tv, you’ve become a polarizing figure in the sport: fans either love you or hate you. What do you think of this?
You’re never going to please everybody, and I’m not trying to. Sure, there are some people who don’t like me, but to be honest, I don’t care. I’m my own person.

You’ve said recently that you only have a couple more fights left before you retire. Are there any fights with which you want to end your career?
Yeah, I’m going to fight maybe a couple more years and that’s it. I’ll fight whoever UFC gives me. Definitely Georges [St. Pierre]. I think I’m done with B.J. [Penn]. I was thinking about moving up [to middleweight] to fight Anderson Silva, but I’ve got some unfinished business first. We’ll just have to see.

What was your toughest fight ever?
My toughest fight was B.J. 2. Mentally, it was tough because he had beaten me before. He had me in a lot of trouble in that second round with that triangle [choke].

Who was your toughest opponent?
Georges or B.J. Both those guys are really tough.

What fighter do you respect the most?
Randy Couture and Rich Franklin. They’re intelligent guys who always think before they say something.

As a devout Christian who has been very open about his religious beliefs, how do you reconcile that with being in a combat sport?
I’m not going out there to hurt somebody; I’m just going out there to win.

When people look back on your career, what do you want your legacy to be?
I want people to remember me as a guy who did what he said and to be remembered as a good role model. I’d like to thank my fans for their support, and I love all the e-mails and comments I get on my website (www.matt-hughes.com).

GALLERY

Sources

Matt Hughes
www.matt-hughes.com

Dollamur Martial Arts
www.dollamur.com

Century Martial Arts
www.centurymartialarts.com

DPMS Rifles
www.dpmsinc.com

Hornady Precision Ammunition
www.hornady.com

Toyo Tires
www.toyotires.com

Round 5 Action Figures
www.round5mma.com

Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, will make an appearance at the DUB Show Tour 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Presented by the Air Force Reserve, Liddell will sign autographs and take pictures for fans on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center by the Air Force Reserve booth from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Liddell meet-and-greet is free for all those who attend, as well as admission for the DUB Show. Chuck Liddell debuted in the UFC in 1998. He won UFC’s light heavyweight championship and successfully defended it on four occasions over the course of two years. “The Iceman” is arguably the most popular UFC fighter, as he is the only mixed martial artist to have a wax figurine at a Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Liddell was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in June 2009. Hosted by DUB magazine, The DUB Show Tour 2010 has traveled around the United States to showcase the latest accessories for vehicles. The final stop will be in Las Vegas from Tuesday, Nov. 2 to Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.
This Saturday, October 23, 2010 one of the most anticipated heavyweight title fight in years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s is going down at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, as champion Brock Lesnar defends his title against undefeated Mexican-American star Cain Velasquez. Before all the action begins in the Octagon, DUB has teamed up with the UFC to throw the UFC 121 Pre-Fight Party from 1-5 PM at the Honda Center in Parking Lot 1! (The lot is located on the south side of the Honda Center on the corner of Katella Avenue and Douglass Road.) Join us as we showcase some hot rides and tunes, with fan autograph signings with UFC stars Jon Jones, Vitor Belfort, Junior Dos Santos and Nate Diaz. (UFC stars Jones and Belfort will sign autographs from 1pm-3pm, while Dos Santos and Diaz will sign from 3pm-5pm. “This is a real heavyweight title fight between two of the best athletes in the world,” UFC President Dana White, who is featured in this month’s DUB Magazine, said. “We are excited to team up with DUB Magazine to give fans a sick pre-fight party, and what a great opportunity to hang out with Dos Santos, Belfort, Jones and Diaz.”
“Do you let your competitors just walk all over you and do whatever they want? Or do you wake up, get up out of bed, and try to kick their f*cking asses? When you punch in, you’re ready to go to f*cking war, and when you punch out, you hope you took another big chunk outta their f*ckin ass that day.” This is UFC President Dana White’s mindset when he gets to the office every morning. Like some of the worlds’ greatest mixed martial arts fighters on his roster, White is an absolutely ferocious competitor. Only his opponents aren’t Jiu-Jitsu black belts, Olympic wrestlers or champion Muay Thai fighters wanting to knock him out or choke him unconscious. They are pro boxing, the NFL, Major League Baseball, and, especially, any company that dares to challenge him on his home turf of mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Read more at dubmag.net.
Can “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort take out champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva? We'll find out Saturday, Feb. 5th when UFC 126's middleweight title bout goes down all the way from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, which is sold out! Other fights for the night feature a light heavyweight bout between former UFC champions Rich “Ace” Franklin and Forrest Griffin and a pivotal 205-pound contest between rising stars Ryan Bader and Jon Jones. “Fans have been telling me how excited they are for this card ever since we announced the event,” UFC President Dana White said. “This is a stacked card from top to bottom and fans responded by making UFC 126 a sellout.” Don't miss UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort live Saturday night on UFC.TV or PPV.

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