Our thoughts are with Matt Hughes and his family. pic.twitter.com/TF6BaHSa85— UFC (@ufc) June 16, 2017
Not the kind of news I was hoping to bring you this afternoon.
Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was involved in a vehicular accident earlier today (Fri., June 16, 2017), after his truck collided with a moving train. The longtime wrestler has since been airlifted to a medical facility where his condition is unknown.
"Apparently he has head trauma," UFC President Dana White told ESPN. "His family is traveling to him now."
MMA Fighting was able to obtain more details about the incident:
Per the release, Hughes approached a “railroad grade crossing marked with crossbucks” in a pickup truck. The truck crossed the tracks “directly in front of a train and the train struck the passenger side of the truck.”
The Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating the crash.
The former NCAA All-American was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame back in 2010 and eventually took a front office job under White, though his position was phased out when the promotion was sold to WME | IMG last summer.
That said, a return to fighting was not out of the question.
In addition to multiple appearances on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), Hughes is perhaps best known for his run as 170-pound champion over the past decade, with memorable wars (like this one) against Georges St. Pierre, Frank Trigg, and B.J. Penn.
Update (6/16/17 6:47 p.m. ET): HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, released the following statement:
Update (6/16/17 11:51 p.m. ET): Monte Cox, a longtime manager of Hughes, informed MMA Junkie via text message that Hughes is currently in a coma. Cox offered no further details.
Update (6/17/17 1:28 p.m. ET): Cox told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani earlier today that Hughes’ condition is improving after falling into a temporary coma.
“He is awake, but eyes closed,” Cox said. “Can squeeze hands.”
Cox added that doctors and family are “optimistic and hopeful” about Hughes’ current condition.
Stick with Mania as more news pertaining to Hughes becomes available.