Hughes camp sets the record straight on remarks about Renzo

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The Real Hughes and Renzo Story

From: Matt Pena Send
Member Since: 4/2/05
Posts: 126
 
The claims that Hughes is calling Renzo old is a complete fabrication from a writer struggling to find a story, so he is making one! I was next to the two guys when they were doing their interviews both times in Miami. Hughes was having fun with the interview and making a references to how the young new generation of fighters has arrived, and how him and Renzo were the older guys fighters in the division. So Cofield turns this, and tells Serra that "Matt called Renzo old" in an attempt to create fireworks. A gracious Serra (after his win) saw right through it, and said Hughes must have been kidding. Then Serra said, if Matt thinks Renzo old than Hughes is taking Renzo too lightly. All of a sudden he's pushing a story that Serra said, "Hughes is taking Renzo too lightly".

The truth is, Matt thinks Renzo is the best MMA fighting Gracie out there. Matt is currently in Salt Lake City with Jeremy Horn and myself at Elite Performance. Matt showing up to camp 9 weeks out is a record for him. Hardly the signs of someone taking a fight lightly. We anticipate a tough fight, and Matt will be ready for a tough fight.

Cofield at Cagewriter purely has an axe to grind with Hughes, which is kind of funny. When reading his articles, his opinion and knowledge of Hughes is based on what he saw on The Ultimate Fighter show. This is purely laughable. Everyone knows its edited to create a storyline (having done two seasons myself, you still may not know how badly its edited). Those that have actually met Matt, spent time with him and dislike him, I can respect that. Everyone has a personality type that doesn't mesh with them.

I think its sad that in such an exciting sport as MMA, with so many interesting things to write about that MMA atheletes have to deal with guys like this. Cofield is just one of a handful of MMA bloggers/journalist that use such underhanded techniques to create a story. There are a many very good sports writers out there, so understand that I'm not lumping them all together. But in no other sport out there are there so many bad writers, writers trying to make a living out of disrespecting the athletes.

Matt Pena
(Boxing Coach, H.I.T. Squad)

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StrikerStriker site profile image  

2/11/10 10:53 PM by StrikerStriker

This is what I was saying about a couple of writers from Sherdog. Its just a couple though, but still... Good luck with the efforts cuz!

StrikerStriker site profile image  

2/11/10 10:53 PM by StrikerStriker

This is what I was saying about a couple of writers from Sherdog. Its just a couple though, but still... Good luck with the efforts cuz!

Mmanizzle site profile image  

2/11/10 5:11 PM by Mmanizzle

Cofield, you got one of the best jobs in the world... And yet you're such a tool... Why don't you take notes from Ariel Helwani, who's a true professional!

Mmanizzle site profile image  

2/11/10 5:11 PM by Mmanizzle

Cofield, you got one of the best jobs in the world... And yet you're such a tool... Why don't you take notes from Ariel Helwani, who's a true professional!

CindyO site profile image  

2/11/10 5:05 PM by CindyO

  *waits for apology to hit Cofields site for the masses to enjoy* Cindy

CindyO site profile image  

2/11/10 5:05 PM by CindyO

  *waits for apology to hit Cofields site for the masses to enjoy* Cindy

Matt Pena site profile image  

2/11/10 4:07 PM by Matt Pena

The apology is appreciated, but not necessary. I wasn't looking to defend any one person's honor, but the honor of the MMA athlete in general and a sport that I truly care about. I would like to be optimistic and hope that I will have startd a trend of holding the people with media credentials accountable for some of the foul stuff they write. However, I'm no fool. Only the fans and promoters issuing media credentials can really keep this stuff from happening. In the meantime the MMA athlete, promotions and fans who just dont know better will continue to suffer from such poor reporting. What is sad is that I know the many hours that MMA participants put in to become fighters, I know the sacrifices it takes to build a successful career. I know the risks it takes for promoters to build solid promotions. Yet it all can be taken away in just a handful of irresponsible posts. Even in this example, the dishonest report was blasted on blogs and front pages all across the internet. Yet the apology is buried on page four of a forum that noone will see unless they come to the underground.I know the temptations of wanting to build a following as a writer, but fabricating stories, sensationalizing stories, and writing for the shock effect period, is not the answer. The only thing that we can do as fans is stop clicking on these sites that use such tactics. As promotions, stop issuing them media credentials. As managers, trainers, and MMA athletes... just start refusing the interview with those reporters known for such tactics. I say again, in no other sport is this issue as previlant than it is in MMA.I do want to thank UG, Bloodyelbow, and the folks at MMA Weekly for doing their part in bringing this issue to the forefront.

Matt Pena site profile image  

2/11/10 4:07 PM by Matt Pena

The apology is appreciated, but not necessary. I wasn't looking to defend any one person's honor, but the honor of the MMA athlete in general and a sport that I truly care about. I would like to be optimistic and hope that I will have startd a trend of holding the people with media credentials accountable for some of the foul stuff they write. However, I'm no fool. Only the fans and promoters issuing media credentials can really keep this stuff from happening. In the meantime the MMA athlete, promotions and fans who just dont know better will continue to suffer from such poor reporting. What is sad is that I know the many hours that MMA participants put in to become fighters, I know the sacrifices it takes to build a successful career. I know the risks it takes for promoters to build solid promotions. Yet it all can be taken away in just a handful of irresponsible posts. Even in this example, the dishonest report was blasted on blogs and front pages all across the internet. Yet the apology is buried on page four of a forum that noone will see unless they come to the underground.I know the temptations of wanting to build a following as a writer, but fabricating stories, sensationalizing stories, and writing for the shock effect period, is not the answer. The only thing that we can do as fans is stop clicking on these sites that use such tactics. As promotions, stop issuing them media credentials. As managers, trainers, and MMA athletes... just start refusing the interview with those reporters known for such tactics. I say again, in no other sport is this issue as previlant than it is in MMA.I do want to thank UG, Bloodyelbow, and the folks at MMA Weekly for doing their part in bringing this issue to the forefront.

Kirkor Papasian site profile image  

2/11/10 3:15 PM by Kirkor Papasian

war renzo

Kirkor Papasian site profile image  

2/11/10 3:15 PM by Kirkor Papasian

war renzo



 

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