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He has the heart of a champion, even years after his retirement, and that heart has been on display in the leaps he’s made in his recovery. In June, former UFC champ Matt Hughes suffered a brain injury in a truck vs. train accident, and things were looking grim for the Hall of Famer.

But he’s been fighting with all his might to get better, and a social media post from a close friend shows just how much progress Hughes has made.