Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes ruffled plenty of feathers recently when he posted pictures of his big-game hunting conquests that included bobcats and deer alongside his twin brother Mark.
Receiving plenty of backlash from his followers on Twitter, Hughes simply replied.:
"Me and my brother love to shoot cats! If you don't like seeing dead animals please stop following me. I'm not even going to try and educate you PETA idiots."
Now, the former 170-pound kingpin has another person that doesn't appreciate what Hughes does as a hobby, and that person is current UFC welterweight Dan Hardy.
The British banger has expressed his dislike for Hughes in the past and has even asked for a fight with the not- officially retired former champion. Now, it seems that "The Outlaw's" hatred towards Hughes is just getting bigger.
From Hardy's official Twitter account:
"Look at what I killed. Aren't I the man? This is the only thing I have found that cures my impotence.
"There is no justification for what he does."
"Shooting a wild cat for fun is a joke."
"I fight against other people that enjoy fighting also. Shooting animals for fun isn't sport and it certainly isn't cool."
"I don't have a problem for hunting if there is a purpose for it. I have never read about anywhere being overran by bobcats though."
Things just got a little more interesting.
Hardy has not seen action since losing to Chris Lytle this past August. The loss marked his fourth in a row after winning four straight with the UFC, however, "The Outlaw" was not cut from the promotion, but rather given another chance by company owner Lorenzo Fertitta and is looking for a summer 2012 return as he recently told ESPN.com:
"I've got no opponent or date set. I've been speaking to Joe Silva and Lorenzo [Fertitta's] been watching me train in the mornings. I'd like a May or June return in Vegas. I want the time to invest with my coaches. And fighting in Vegas means I can do my camp at home where all my coaches are, that would allow me to focus fully on the fight."
What do you say, is a match-up with Hardy interesting enough for Hughes to take time out of hunting wild cats to step back into the Octagon?
Who would come out on top?