UFC Icon Matt Hughes Airlifted To Hospital After Crash With Moving Train [Update]

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Matt Hughes hasn’t fought in the UFC since 2011, but he held the welterweight championship for two stints during the mid-2000's and is considered one of the greatest fighters of all-time in the 170-pound division. He beat MMA legend Royce Gracie and is one of two people ever to defeat Georges St-Pierre in the octagon.

This afternoon, UFC czar Dana White announced that Hughes was involved in a collision with a moving train near his home in Illinois. According to White, Hughes suffered some degree of head trauma and was airlifted to a hospital. It’s not clear exactly what state he is in, but his family is headed to meet him, per White.


We’ll update this post as more information becomes available.

Update, 4:20 p.m. EDT: Local TV station WAND-17 has a few more details:

ISP officials say the crash happened on Beelers Trail in Montgomery County at about 10:45 a.m. According to the preliminary investigation into the crash, a truck was traveling east on Beelers Trail when it crossed a set of railroad tracks, directly in front of a train. The train struck the passenger side of the truck.