Our thoughts and prayers are with UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes and his family after learning about the following unfortunate news.
Hughes, 43, was airlifted to a hospital after his truck was hit by a moving train earlier today. UFC President Dana White canceled a trip to Paris upon learning the news of the accident.
Hughes’ was driving in his home state of Illinois when he collided with the moving train at 10:45 a.m. this morning. “Apparently he has head trauma,” White told ESPN after the story broke.
Hughes retired from the sport of mixed martial arts back in 2011 with a record of 45-9. The 2-time UFC welterweight champion had 7 successful title defenses and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. His fights against BJ Penn, Georges St. Pierre, and his comeback victory against Frank Trigg are regarded as some of the most important in UFC history.
The Hall of Famer recently revealed the desire to return to competition on an episode of The MMA Hour last month.
UPDATE: Here’s a media statement that was released just after 6:30 pm et tonight by HSHS St. John’s Hospital –
Former UFC fighter and Hillsboro native Matt Hughes was airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in the noon hour on Friday, June 16, 2017. The HSHS St. John’s Regional Trauma Team stabilized him and continues to help him in his recovery.
Hughes’ family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time. They ask that you keep Matt in your thoughts and prayers.