Matt Hughes Biography

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Job # 3162 Matt Hughes Biography

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Mar 16, 2007 @ 17:18
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Apr 4, 2007
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Documentary/Biography for Matt Hughes 9 Time UFC Welterweight Champion...

Would like to find a folksy Sam Elliot type of voice but would like to hear some other options as well.

Here is the script, these are individual lines that will be edited into the project separately.

“Hillsboro, Illinois. Population six thousand, two-hundred and ninety-one.”

“Life here is simple….wake up to a Midwest sunrise and work until the table is set and the sun is setting.

“The citizens of Hillsboro pride themselves on greeting each other by first name.”

“Working and playing side by side, the way life here has defined itself out for over one hundred years.”

“Down home values and family are means most to the citizens of this small town, and that’s exactly why UFC Champion Matt Hughes likes to call Hillsboro home.”

“That’s right. Twins. Born five minutes apart, the Hughes’ named the boys Matt and Mark.”

“But Russell Hughes knew that like all boys, if they were going to play hard, they would have to work even harder.”

“So the Hughes’ put their boys to work, with the twins often putting in ten-hour days on the family farm. In between schoolwork and feeding the chickens, the boys also often helped out local farmers for free.”

“This upbringing laid the foundation of hard work and determination that led Matt to the next phase of his life….”

“On the football field Matt excelled, running for over eight hundred yards and earning all-conference honors. But despite his accomplishments on the gridiron, it was on the wrestling mat that Matt truly found his calling.”

“Matt’s excellence on the wrestling mat is still evident even today in this Hillsboro gymnasium. Matt still holds eight of ten school records in the wrestling program.”

“By Matt’s senior year, he had racked up an impressive record of one hundred thirty-one wins versus only two losses, with two straight back-to-back state championships wins. With the ability he was displaying, it seemed almost inevitable that Matt would wrestle at the collegiate level.

“Both Matt and his brother Mark earned wrestling scholarships at nearby Belleville Community College, but were forced to transfer after just one year when the wrestling program was cut due to a lack of funding.”

“Despite the setback, Matt still earned All-American honors as a freshman at BAC before he was offered a scholarship at nearby Lincoln College. Matt accepted the offer and within weeks he began his career as a Lincoln “Lynx”.

“The change of scenery might have been unexpected, but Matt’s performance was just the opposite. Kid from Hillsboro immediately made his presence known, proving to be a force on the Lincoln College wrestling team.

“Dave Klemm was the wrestling coach at Lincoln when Matt first arrived. Coach Klemm immediately noticed something special about Matt in the wrestling ring.”

“Over the following year, Matt once again earned All-American honors at Lincoln, which led to a scholarship offer from Eastern Illinois University, giving Matt the opportunity he had always wanted….to compete at a Division One Level.”

“Over the next two years, Matt earned All-American honors twice and competed in back to back NCAA championships, placing both times. By the time Matt was twenty-two, he had become an All-American every year of his college career.”

“Coach Ralph McCausland witnessed Matt change from a small-school wrestler into a Division I athlete.

“With Matt’s wrestling days seemingly behind him, he returned home to Hillsboro to decide what the next step in his life would be. He didn’t have to wait long…Coach McCausland called three months later and offered Matt a job as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois.”

“Despite the fact that Matt was teaching the sport he loved, money was tight and Matt found himself taking second jobs to make ends meet.

“For the next two years, Matt put his time and energy passing along his experience to the athletes in the Eastern Illinois wrestling program, confident that his days of competition were behind him. Times were tough, however, and Matt struggled to pay the bills.”

“The night of the event, a noted UFC Champ that would play a major role in Matt’s career was refereeing the fight….Pat Miletich.”

“After easily winning the fight, Matt fell back into coaching, dismissing the bout as a mere one-time opportunity to get back into the ring.”

“What Matt didn’t know was that the night of the fight, a promoter named Monte Cox was in the stands. After watching the fight, he was convinced there was something special about the kid from Hillsboro.”

“With the ink not yet dry on the contract, Monte Cox began to take the first steps in getting Matt’s fledgling mixed martial arts career off the ground. The scrappy kid from Illinois was now a paid fighter….”

“Matt exploded onto the MMA circuit, with a string of victories that married his wrestling background with a newfound striking ability.”

“But even with Matt traveling the world, he still found that the down home values of Hillsboro kept him grounded when he came home from a fight.”

“Monte Cox knew that if Matt was to make the transition from semi-professional fighting to the UFC, he would need a coach that could bring out the true champion in Hughes.”

“With his first UFC fight coming up, Matt knew that he would need a good cornerman. Once again he turned to an old friend.”

“After enduring several months of exhaustive training and sparring, Matt made his debut as a UFC fighter in 1999 at UFC 22.”

“Matt faced Valeri Ignatov, a seasoned fighter at UFC 22. After three rounds, Matt won the bout by unanimous decision. Matt had gotten his first UFC win under his belt at age 26.

“Matt began to make his mark on the UFC stage, winning a series of fights that led him to a shot at the title at UFC 34 against champion Carlos Newton.”

“Early in the third round, Matt found himself in a submission hold, but managed to reverse the fight with what would become his trademark slam, KO’ing Carlos Newton in the third--officially making Matt the Welterweight Champion of the UFC.”

“A local girl, Matt began dating Audra at a time in his life when he most needed consistency and support.”

“Just a few months later, Matt proposed. On July 9th 2004, Matt and Audra were married before a small gathering of friends and family.”

“But marriage and newfound faith weren’t the only blessings to come into Matt’s life…just a short time later Audra gave birth to Hanna Grace Hughes.”

“But, like any good country boy, Matt realized that one man only needs so much, which led him to his work with charity.” Soft guitar music plays.

“With a renewed sense of faith and determination, Matt has been able to achieve even more in his pro fighting career. Matt has compiled an impressive 42-5 record, and was the longest-reigning Champion in the history of the UFC.”

“With a list of defeated opponents that include legendary fighters such as Royce Gracie, Matt has proven himself against some of the world’s fiercest fighters.”

“And so the kid from Hillsboro made his mark on the world.”

“Most know Matt as a fierce fighter in the ring, facing down opponents time and again.”

“Others only know Matt as a loving father”

“And husband….”

“Some remember him as a teammate and friend…”

“But here in Hillsboro, people know him in the simplest terms… just plain old ‘Matt’”.

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