Former UFC Champ Matt Hughes Airlifted to Medical Facility

Former UFC Champ Matt Hughes Airlifted to Medical Facility

Former UFC Champ Matt Hughes Airlifted to Medical Facility

Hughes, who held the UFC's welterweight belt at various points between 2001-2006, was reportedly airlifted to a medical facility after his truck collided with a train. The vehicle was struck on the passenger side.

Montgomery County Sheriff's office confirmed the incident took place in Raymond, Illinois, not far from Hughes' home in Hillsboro.

"Hughes, 43, was taken to a Springfield hospital by helicopter".

Hughes was a celebrated mixed-martial-arts fighter before retiring in 2011 and is a member of the UFC's Hall of Fame.

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"Apparently, he has head trauma", said White.

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Thankfully the former UFC welterweight champion of the world has been stabilized following the horrific accident.

Until recently, Hughes had been working as a UFC vice president, but had been mulling an MMA comeback.

The Guardian quoted IL state police as saying Hughes was "seriously injured".

"Hughes' family asks that you respect their privacy during this hard time". Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.

Other details about Hughes' condition were not available, but the UFC issued a statement through Twitter.

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