17 June, 2017
The mixed martial arts (MMA) world was dealt an incredibly disheartening blow this afternoon when it was revealed that former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was in serious condition after being airlifted to a nearby hospital following a collision with an oncoming train in his home state of IL this morning.
The railroad grade crossing was marked with crossbucks, police said. The truck was struck on the passenger side by the train.
UFC president Dana White told ESPN that Hughes was airlifted to a hospital but did not specify where the incident took place. The nature of his injuries isn't clear yet, but WAND-TV reports that he was seriously injured. The state police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating.
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The UFC Twitter account also sent the Hughes family their well-wishes.
Hughes (45-9 MMA, 18-7 UFC), 43, is a 2010 UFC Hall of Famer and one of the greatest 170-pound fighters in MMA history.
Hughes, a high school state wrestling champion at Hillsboro, won his first UFC World Welterweight title in 2001. We'll update the story as it develops.