Last month, former UFC champ and Hall of Famer Matt Hughes was driving a truck that was struck by a train. He suffered a serious head injury, and was in a coma.
Thankfully, according to former coach and longtime pal Pat Miletich, Hughes’ condition is improving. He’s even out of the coma!
Here’s MMAFighting with the scoop:
“He is surprising the doctors,” Miletich said. “He’s making great leaps and he’s no longer in a coma, and he’s improving. It’s going to be a long road. Any type of head trauma at that level, there’s going to be some rehab.”
Miletich also relayed new details of the accident, explaining that Hughes was apparently stuck on a hill and wasn’t able to cross the track in time to avoid the train.
“The [train] engineer said, Matt had stopped on the gravel road,” Miletich said. “It’s a hill, goes up, it’s a real quick hill that goes up to the railroad tracks. He had stopped, then tried to get across it in time. The train was going almost 50 MPH.
“When you’re out in the country, there’s no crossing guards, there’s no lights,” Miletich continued. “It’s almost like, he saw it, then tried to beat it. What I would say is that, you’re on a gravel road out in country on a hill and you’re trying to punch it and get over, you’re going to swing tires, he didn’t get across in time and got clipped on the passenger side.”