Matt Hughes was critically injured when the truck he was driving was struck by a train, and the MMA world uttered a collective “Oh no!” and wished him the best.
Thankfully, according to his family, the former UFC champ and Hall of Famer’s condition is improving.
As per MMAFighting:
“He is improving and continues to show us his heart and determination each day,” the statement read. “He has a long road ahead of him and your continued thoughts and prayers will help him with the journey.”
Hughes has been in stable condition at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill., for about a week. He has no broken bones or internal injuries, but has only been “minimally responsive” per previous family statements.
On June 16, Hughes was driving a pickup truck in Raymond, Ill., near his hometown of Hillsboro. The former UFC welterweight champion drove the truck over train tracks and the truck was hit on the passenger side by the train. Hughes was airlifted to the hospital in Springfield, where he has been since.
“Matt has always been a fighter; but he is now in the biggest fight of his life,” the statement read. “We know he will continue to improve with God’s Grace and Mercy.”