Family Says UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes’ Condition is ‘Improving’

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 27, 2017


Matt Hughes is showing positive progress after a truck driven by the UFC Hall of Famer was hit by a train on June 16.

Hughes’ sister, Beth Hughes Ulrici, recently released an update on her Facebook page.

“Our family would like to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers for Matt. He is improving and continues to show us his heart and determination each day. He has a long road ahead of him and your continued thoughts and prayers will help him with the journey.”

No further details regarding Hughes’ health were given.

Hughes was airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital after a truck he was driving was hit by a train while crossing the tracks in Raymond, Ill. According to Illinois State Police, Hughes drove the vehicle directly across the tracks “directly in front of the train” and the collision occurred on the passenger side of the vehicle.

A statement released by the hospital two days after the accident revealed that Hughes was in “stable condition” but “minimally responsive.” Meanwhile, Hughes family revealed that the former welterweight champion had no broken bones or internal injuries but was not yet awake or responsive in a previous statement.

The family held a prayer vigil for Hughes in Mt. Olive, Ill., on Sunday and is planning another one at a “later date” in Hillsboro, Ill.

“Matt has always been a fighter; but he is now in the biggest fight of his life,” Ulrici wrote. “We know he will continue to improve with God's Grace and Mercy.”

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