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.