Reports on Friday, indicated the former UFC Welterweight fighter, Matt Hughes, had been involved in a vehicular collision with a train and subseqently been airlifted to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. His sister, Beth Hughes Ulrici, posting on Facebook, released the following statement;
“Our family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support. Please understand that there are many false reports out there by people who say they are close to the family. We will post another update here when we have more news.
“Matt is stable and has no broken bones or internal injuries. He has some minor lacerations and bruising and is currently being weaned from his ventilator. He is not yet awake and not responding as we would like to see but we see the fight in him.
“Matts strength and determination along with God’s Mercy and Grace will bring him through this. We ask that you all continue to pray.”
According to Illinois State Police, Hughes, 43, drove a pickup truck across a railroad grade crossing “directly in front of a train, and the train struck the passenger side of the truck” at 10:43 a.m. The State Police are currently investigating the accident.
Meanwhile, Hughes’ condition has been stabilised and his longtime manager, Monte Cox, recently told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that “optimistic and hopeful” about Hughes’ condition. “He is awake, but eyes closed. Can squeeze hands.” although this was later refuted by Hughes’ sister.
St. John’s Hospital released the following statement;
MEDIA STATEMENT: Former UFC fighter and Hillsboro native Matt Hughes was airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in the noon hour on Friday, June 16, 2017. The HSHS St. John’s Regional Trauma Team stabilized him and continues to help him in his recovery.
Hughes’ family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time. They ask that you keep Matt in your thoughts and prayers.