UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes was airlifted to a hospital today after a truck he was driving was hit by a train.
Veteran MMA manager and fight promoter Monte Cox, a old Hughes manager throughout his fighting days and Hughes is during a coma following the collision. The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., close to Hughes’ town of Hillsboro, reported the previous fighter has been stable by a trauma team at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, citing an announcement from the ability.
“The HSHS St. John’s Regional Trauma Team stable him and continues to assist him in his recovery,” the hospital’s statement to the SJ-R reads. “Hughes’ family asks that you just respect their privacy throughout this troublesome time. They raise that you just keep Matt in your thoughts and prayers.”
The State Journal-Register reported Hughes crossed a collection of railroad tracks close to rural Raymond, Ill., directly ahead of associate oncoming train. The truck he was driving was hit on the traveler facet, the Illinois State Police told the newspaper. in step with SJ-R.com, the state police area unit investigation the crash.
Hughes (45-9 MMA, 18-7 UFC), 43, is a 2010 UFC Hall of Famer and one amongst the best 170-pound fighters in MMA history. He control the UFC’s welterweight title from 2001-2004 and 2004-2006. He registered seven total 170-pound title defenses, a record later broken by Georges St-Pierre.
Hughes last fought in 2011 and suffered consecutive losses to fellow vets B.J. Penn and Josh Kosceck in his final 2 appearances. Throughout a adorned career that saw him emerge joined of MMA’s biggest stars – throughout the sport’s biggest growth amount – he defeated the likes of St-Pierre, Sean Sherk, Penn, Royce Gracie, Frank Trigg and Matt Serra, among others.
Hughes, who took up MMA in 1998 once wrestling at Eastern Illinois University and earning NCAA Division I All-American honors, formally declared his retirement in 2013. He then joined the organization’s front workplace because the UFC vp of Athlete Development and Government Relations. He’s recently hinted at a attainable come back to competition.