Matt Hughes is feeling the heat from MMA fans after posting photos of his recent hunting trip to South Africa onto his personal blog site.
Former welterweight champion Hughes took his young son Joey with him and between them they shot zebra, antelope and kuru over the course of several days. Hughes and his son posed with the dead animals and posted these pictures (below).
Every time Hughes blogs about hunting it sparks furious debate on the MMA messageboards with most fans against it and a few - usually people who are themselves hunters - supporting it. But in this instance there appears to be particular outrage given the perceived rarity of some of the animals and the fact that a zebra is basically a horse and isn’t usually something hunters would go shooting.
The wider argument against hunting has also resurfaced, with numerous MMA fans questioning the need and enjoyment to be found in shooting animals dead from a distance, via a high-powered rifle. Hughes’ decision to take his son with him, and have his son kill some animals himself, has also proved controversial.
Perennial Hughes-hater Dan Hardy was quick on the draw when he saw the pictures, tweeting "When is open season on ignorant, red neck, misguided, phony-Christian assholes? I would love to shoot some of those."
Joey’s kudu, also called the Grey Ghost of Africa:
Joey’s trophy bushbuck:
My red hartebeest:
My eland (the biggest antelope on the planet):
My black wildebeest:
Me, Joey, and my cameraman Blake: