Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 11/19/14

It has been a tough Twitter week for a couple of former UFC champions. BJ Penn has taken some heat for his harsh words for Nick Diaz on the blue-birded network, while Matt Hughes (Pictured left) has come under heavy fire for the controversial hunting pictures he recently posted on his account.

“Mark and me just got done here in Texas! Yes mine is bigger,” Hughes wrote accompanied by the above photo.

He then followed it up by publishing the pic below with the caption, “me and my brother love to shot cats!”:

The former welterweight champ was instantly bombarded with a barrage of unkind comments. Fellow 170-pound fighter Dan Hardy was spearheading the charge.

“Look at what I killed,” Hardy wrote in response to Hughes’ cat shot. “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. I fight against other people that enjoy fighting also. Shooting animals for fun isn’t sport and it certainly isn’t cool.”

Although Hughes didn’t address “The Outlaw” directly, he did provide a simple solution to those not wanting to witness what he does during his recreational time.

“If you don’t like seeing dead animals please stop following me,” Hughes tweeted. “I’m not even going to try and educate you PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) idiots.”

The 38-year-old then retweeted a quote from the book of Genesis in the Old Testament, “Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

The rumor mill immediately started buzzing that a Hughes vs. Hardy shootout should take place. Hughes, however, quickly killed that chatter.

“I’m not fighting Hardy,” he wrote. “I don’t know where he came up with that and I don’t know him enough to even have an opinion of him.”

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