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Hughes responds to Hardy & Co over hunting pics

ESPN staff
January 5, 2012
Matt Hughes is awaiting his next opponent in the Octagon... as is England's own Dan Hardy © Getty Images

Matt Hughes has hit back at Dan Hardy and critics of hunting, using a quote from the bible to justify his killing of bobcats and deer.

Hardy was perhaps the most notable of Hughes' many critics after the former welterweight champion posted pictures of his "trophies" on Wednesday.

The Outlaw, who wants to fight Hughes, commented on his Twitter account: "There is no justification for what he does. I fight against other people that enjoy fighting also. Shooting animals for fun isn't sport and it certainly isn't cool."

Hughes did not reply directly to Hardy, but he did feel the need to respond when one message commented, "How very Christian of you to kill innocent beings."

The veteran prides himself on his spiritual beliefs, so he answered with a range of replies, some offering attempts at humour, while others were clearly a strong defence of his actions.

"If you don't like seeing dead animals please stop following me. I'm not even going to try and educate you PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) idiots," read one of Hughes' tweets.

He then retweeted a quote from the book of Genesis in the Old Testament, saying: "Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

Hardy is hoping to fight Hughes in May or June of this year, but confirmation of a potential bout is yet to come from the UFC.

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