Matt Hughes - Made in America (Excerpts)
Made in America - Extract Three
MATT HUGHES’ autobiography “Made in America” hits the shelves next month, but we've got a sneak preview of the book all mixed martial arts fans are talking about here.
In our third exclusive extract, welterweight legend Hughes recalls an infamous fight between Tito Ortiz and Lee Murray after UFC 38 in London back in July 2002...
I took a cab back to the hotel and got to bed. Our flight was leaving early in the morning. I got woken up a couple of hours later by Pat knocking on my door. He was smashed.
“Pat, what’s going on?” I said, grinning to myself. He could barely stand.
“What time is it?” I asked.
“It’s like, five. Don’t worry about it. Just sit down and f***ing listen. You will not believe what just happened.”
I laid on my side of the bed. Pat plopped into the chair in the hotel room and leaned his head back.
“So it’s four o’clock in the morning and they had everybody leave the club, right? Well, the UFC had bussed us all over there but they didn’t have a bus to take us back.
“It’s down to Mark, me, Tony Fryklund, Chuck Liddell, Tito and Lee Murray. Lee Murray’s crew was still there, Tito’s crew was also still there.
“I walked out the back door to go in the alley. Tito’s buddy jumped on my back. He jumped on my back and acted ,like he had me in a choke hold, just messing around, you know?
“Then I felt him get ripped off of me. I turned around and Tony Fryklund had HIM in a chokehold, and was really choking him.
“The guy looked like a mouse that just got trapped in a mousetrap; his eyes were popping out and obviously he wasn’t breathing.
“Tony thought he was actually attacking me – that’s the only reason he did it. So I turned round and told Tony to let him go, and Tony let him go.
“Then Tito’s buddy turned around and basically said ‘what the f*** are you doing?’ to Tony.
“Well, when he said that, one of Lee Murray’s buddies, that one guy who kind of took care of us all week long, thought this guy was actually trying to fight us, so he ran out of the crowd and cracked this kid with a right hand and knocked him out cold.”
“Are you serious?” I asked Pat.
“Hold on, it gets even better. The entire alley erupted into a huge brawl. I was just standing there, and there were bodies flying all over the place.
“I was confused how it all happened, because it happened so fast. I was standing there with my mouth open like ‘what the hell is going on?’
“I looked over and Chuck Liddell was with his back against the wall, knocking people out that were trying to go after him.
“Then I looked over and there’s Tito directly past me, taking his coat off, going after Lee Murray, and Lee Murray’s backing up the alley taking his jacket off.
“Both their jackets come off, and Tito throws a left hook at Lee Murray and misses, and right as he missed, Lee Murray counters with, like, a five-punch combo, landed right on the chin, and knocked Tito out. OUT.
“Tito fell face-first down to the ground, and then Lee Murray stomped him on the face a couple of times with his boots.
“Then Tony Fryklund and I grabbed Lee and pushed Lee and said ‘Get out of here!’ And Lee said ‘I’m sorry, I’ll see you later,’ and took off. And Tony Fryklund helped Tito to his feet.
“Then these English Bobbies showed up and they were threatening to spray the entire crowd with huge canisters of mace. ‘You think you’ve got problems now?’ I said. ‘You spray this entire group of fighters with mace and we’ll all be in a heap of trouble.’
“So I talked the police out of doing that. And then Tony and I got a cab and we headed back here.”
“That’s insane, Pat.” I said.
“Long story short, Matt: I’m ready to get on that plane, pronto.”
Part 1 has Matt talk about his first UFC fight
Part 2 has Matt tell Tim Sylvia he doesn't like him
Chuck was knocking folks out while backed into the cage-er-wall?
I think this might actualy be a better read then I thought it would be! Im still wondering however, wich chapter is going to convert me.
A friend of mine does personal training for a book reviewer. The book reviewer gave my friend his advanced copy of the Matt Hughes book.
My friend gave it to me... i read it late Nov.
i liked it. You got the feeling he was being pretty straight forward... not bs'ing.
What i did know was how many fist fights Matt got into growing up lol
There is some interesting information about his personal life...
Anyone watch I am legend?
Originally Posted by heyguy
Tim Sylvia crying about getting picked on is pretty funny.
only reason I ask because towards the beginning of the movie, either on the bridge, or pier, or something like that, there was were huge lettering that said HUGHES. Maybe a sign to put money on him?
Originally Posted by ViCious
Glad I didnt. He got owned by a french canadian. Euw.
Yea, It was pretty stupid to even consider.
Originally Posted by E-Van
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