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Matt Hughes to be Evaluated by Leading Traumatic Brain Injury Center

Matt Hughes has been in a Springfield, Ill., hospital since he was airlifted there on Friday from the scene of a tragic accident. The pickup truck that Hughes was driving collided with a moving train

Following the accident, the St. John’s Hospital Regional Trauma Team stabilized him. As of Sunday, Hughes’ sister, Beth Ulrici, said that, while Hughes remained stable and he was being weened off of a ventilator, he was not awake and was not responding as they would like to see.

Hughes’ family is now working with an organization called Triumph Over Tragedy, of which Hughes is a sitting board member. It is an organization that “supports the family unit through biblical principles from the initial impact of a tragedy or illness to the ongoing circumstances faced in the years to come.” 

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In Hughes’ case, Triumph Over Tragedy is helping to have him evaluated by “one of the country’s top traumatic brain injury centers.” 

Matt Hughes“Matt has sat on Triumph Over Tragedy Foundation’s board for five years. The Georgia based non-profit serves families affected by spinal cord and brain injuries,” read a Ulrici’s statement on behalf of Hughes’ family on Wednesday. “We are working closely with the foundation on the next steps with Matt’s care including having him evaluated by one of the country’s top Traumatic Brain Injury Centers. We are taking Matt’s situation day by day and ask his fans and colleagues to continue to lift him up in prayer.”

There were no other specific updates on Hughes’ overall condition.

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Dana White Says Georges St-Pierre Wants to Fight Michael Bisping

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is holding out hope that he’ll still get a “money fight” with Georges St-Pierre, but after talking with company president Dana White, things aren’t looking up.

“Right now, I’m still looking at GSP. I had a conversation with Dana White last week on the phone, he made me an offer — not for a fight — I will not reveal on here what it was but he made me an offer for something. I said what about GSP? He said ‘GSP does not want to fight’,” Bisping said on his “Believe You Me” podcast. “I said, ‘Well, that’s not what I’m hearing.’ I said I’m hearing he wants to fight me, his coach told me that he wants to fight me.

Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping“(Dana) said, ‘If I could make the GSP fight happen, I’ll make it happen, but he doesn’t want to fight you. I’m telling you.’ So I don’t know what the (expletive) is going on out there.”

A fight between Bisping and St-Pierre for the middleweight title was announced in March, when White revealed that St-Pierre would be returning. The UFC even held a press conference with Bisping and St-Pierre in attendance. A specific event and date for the fight, however, has never materialized, primarily because of delays on St-Pierre’s side of the equation.

White has since said that it is time to move on, but Bisping hasn’t given up all hope. 

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“GSP, if you’re listening to this, make the call. I’m down,” he said. “We did the press conference. I’m in 100-percent. Failing that, I will have to fight the No. 1 contender. That is my duty as the champion but we’ve had the press conference for me versus GSP.

“For me, I’m still invested in that fight and I want to be part of a big fight and then I’ll take on the No. 1 contender. But if we don’t make this fight soon, I’m going to be forced to move on.”

The UFC has already moved on to a certain degree, booking an interim UFC middleweight title fight between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas.

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Cyborg vs. Anderson for UFC Featherweight Title After Champion Stripped

Cris “Cyborg” Justino will meet Megan Anderson to lay claim to the UFC featherweight championship after Germaine de Randamie was stripped of the belt. 

UFC officials on Monday announced the move, explaining why de Randamie was forced to relinquish the belt.

“UFC has informed Germaine de Randamie and her management team that she is being removed as the women’s featherweight champion due to her unwillingness to fight the No. 1 ranked contender, Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino,” the UFC said on its website. “Subsequently, top contender Justino will face newly signed Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson for the UFC women’s featherweight title in the co-main event of UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2, July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.

“UFC maintains that any champion is expected to accept fights against the top contenders in their respective weight classes in order to maintain the integrity of the sport.”  

Cris CyborgHaving held the Strikeforce and Invicta FC titles, the UFC belt is the only one that has thus far eluded Cyborg. In fact, the division was created for her last year, but she was dealing with health issues and then an anti-doping violation charge, which led the UFC to match de Randamie against Holly Holm for the inaugural featherweight title. 

Since she won the belt, however, de Randamie has dealt with a hand injury and recently declared that she would not put her belt on the line against Cyborg because she was a “proven cheater.” 

Anderson, meanwhile, won the interim Invicta FC featherweight title early this year by defeating Charmaine Tweet. She was promoted to full-blown champion when Cyborg relinquished the Invicta FC championship in March to intensify her pursuit of the UFC title.

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Anderson had been scheduled to put her Invicta belt on the line at that promotion’s event on July 15 in Kansas City, Mo. She was removed from that fight and released from her contract in order to sign with the UFC to fight Cyborg for the vacant UFC featherweight title in July.

Invicta has not yet announced how it will fill the newfound vacancy in its 145-pound division.

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Matt Hughes Remains Hospitalized; Stable, but Not Yet Awake

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes on Sunday remained in a Springfield, Ill., hospital following a collision between his pickup truck and a train on Friday. 

Following some initial misinformation on Saturday, Hughes’ sister, Beth Ulrici, provided an update on Hughes’ condition, indicating that he is stable, but is not yet awake or responding as they would like.

Ulrici’s official statement on behalf of the family:

“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.”

Hughes’ longtime fight manager, Monte Cox, had initially passed along information from Matt’s twin brother Mark on Saturday, stating that Matt was awake and squeezing hands, but had not yet opened his eyes. On Sunday, Cox said that Mark had received some incorrect information on his brother’s condition and that Ulrici was currently handling official statements on behalf of Matt’s family so that there would be accurate information on his condition.

“In talking with the family, they know everybody just wants the best for Matt and his family, but wanted to clarify the misinformation that was being spread, so Matt’s sister, Beth, is providing updates on behalf of the family,” Cox told MMAWeekly.com. 

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Hughes’ accident occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. local time on Friday in Montgomery County, Ill., when his pickup truck approached a “railroad grade crossing marked with crossbucks,” according to Illinois State Police. “(Hughes) crossed the railroad tracks directly in front of a train and the train struck the passenger side of the truck.”

Hughes was seriously injured and airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital. UFC president Dana White, who was in touch with Hughes’ family, told ESPN that Hughes had suffered head trauma in the accident.

While Hughes, as of Sunday, was not awake or responding as the family would like to see, Ulrici said they could see the fight in him and asked for continued support.

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Matt Hughes Awake and Squeezing Hands

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes‘ condition appears to be progressing just 24 hours after the pickup truck he was driving collided with a train and he was airlifted to a hospital.

“He’s awake, squeezing hands, but hasn’t opened his eyes yet,” Hughes’ longtime manager Monte Cox confirmed to MMAWeekly.com following an initial report by MMAJunkie on Saturday. Hughes was reportedly in a coma as recently as Friday evening.

Matt HughesHughes’ accident occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. local time on Friday in Montgomery County, Ill., when his pickup truck approached a “railroad grade crossing marked with crossbucks,” according to Illinois State Police. “(Hughes) crossed the railroad tracks directly in front of a train and the train struck the passenger side of the truck.”

Hughes was seriously injured and airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital. UFC president Dana White, who was in touch with Hughes’ family, told ESPN that Hughes had suffered head trauma in the accident.

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Friday afternoon, HSHS St. John’s Hospital released a statement, saying that the hospital’s trauma team had stabilized Hughes and was continuing to help him recover, so it is definitely good news to hear that Hughes has improved to the point of being awake and squeezing hands.

MMAWeekly.com will continue to update readers on Hughes’ condition as significant changes arise.

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Cris Cyborg vs. Megan Anderson in the Works for UFC Featherweight Belt

Cris “Cyborg” Justino may finally get a chance to sit atop the division that was created specifically for her.

MMAWeekly.com sources indicated that Cyborg would, as expected, fight at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif. What wasn’t as expected was her opponent. The UFC is trying to finalize a deal for her to meet Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson for the UFC featherweight title, as initially reported by MMA Fighting.

Megan Anderson and Cris CyborgThe belt is currently wrapped around the waist of Germaine de Randamie, but with de Randamie currently on the sidelines with a hand injury and less than willing to fight Cyborg, the UFC reportedly wants to move forward with the division by crowning a new champion. That is expected to happen if Cyborg and Anderson clash.

It was unclear at the time of publication if the UFC would strip de Randamie, if she would willingly vacate the belt, or if the UFC would pursue an interim title.

Cyborg has long been expected to fight at UFC 214, but Anderson wasn’t intended to be her opponent. Anderson was scheduled to put her Invicta belt on the line at that promotion’s event on July 15 in Kansas City, Mo.

Having trouble locating a suitable opponent for Cyborg and with de Randamie’s situation become cloudier by the day, UFC officials opted to work on a deal with Invicta to put Anderson in the Octagon.

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Cyborg and Anderson have long wanted to fight each other, posing in photos together and pressuring the UFC to make the fight happen via social media and in interviews. It appears that they may finally get what they wanted when they meet at UFC 214, which is headlined by a light heavyweight rematch between champion Daniel Cormier and returning former titleholder Jon Jones.

UFC officials have yet to comment on the fight or on the status of the featherweight title.

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Marcin Tybura Earns Career-Changing Nod Over Andrei Arlovski (UFC Singapore Results)

Marcin Tybura dug deep in the fight of his life to earn the nod against Andrei Arlovski at UFC Fight Night 111 on Saturday in Singapore.

It could be the fight that will kickstart the greatest moments of Tybura’s career, while it may signal the end of the line for one of the heavyweight division’s longtime greats.

The fight appeared to be over almost before it started when Tybura caught an Arlovski kick early in the first round and planted the former UFC heavyweight champion on his back. On the canvas, Tybura eventually passed to mount and unleashed a steady diet of hammerfists, punches, and elbows.

As Arlovski alternated between giving up his back and returning Tybura to full mount, the Polish fighter continued to land hammerfists and elbows that bloodied Arlovski around his left eye, but he couldn’t find the finish. 

In the final moments of the round, Arlovski somehow found a way out and returned to his feet, immediately swinging with hard wide punches, a couple of which rocked Tybura before the round came to an end.

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Round two was much better for Arlovski, as he did a good job of pressuring Tybura, who appeared tired from his effort in the first frame. Arlovski kept Tybura on the fence for much of the round, making him carry his weight, and hitting him with knees, shoulder punches, and assorted short shots.

Tybura found new life in the final round. It took him most of the first two minutes of the round, but he eventually planted Arlovski on the canvas and kept him there for the remainder of the fight. 

Arlovski constantly twisted and turned, again alternating between giving up his back and returning Tybura to full mount, but he staved off a lot of potential damage. He couldn’t, however, escape Tybura’s clutches.

After the clock wound down and the horn sounded, a dejected Arlovski sat on his knees, face bloodied and bruised, a sour look of disappointment spreading across his face. He didn’t say anything after the fight, but on the heels of his fifth consecutive loss, Arlovski at that moment looked as if he may have resigned himself to retirement.

Tybura, at 31, has a lot of life left. Having worked hard to establish himself in the Octagon, a win over Arlovski, especially in the manner he earned it, may just propel Tybura up the heavyweight division.

“I respect this guy so much. He was one of my biggest idols in the sport,” said Tybura after the fight. “I know he’s got a great heart for fighting.”

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Rafael dos Anjos Impresses in Welterweight Debut (UFC Singapore Results)

Rafael dos Anjos moved to welterweight on Saturday, making an impressive debut in the division with a win over Tarec Saffiedine at UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore.

A former UFC lightweight champion, dos Anjos made the move to welterweight for this fight, hoping to get back on championship form after back-to-back losses at 155 pounds. Similarly, Saffiedine, a former Strikeforce welterweight champion, was also looking to rebound after two consecutive defeats.

Dos Anjos established his power early, opening with a hard kick to the body followed by a stiff left hand, which would prove to be the cornerstone of his fight strategy. 

Rafael dos Anjos - UFC 139Saffiedine caught one of dos Anjos’ kicks in the opening round and planted the former UFC champ on his back, but dos Anjos proved to be the more aggressive fighter on the ground, even off of his back, attacking with Kimura and leg lock attempts.

Returning to their feet out of a scramble, dos Anjos continued his assault on Saffiedine’s body with harsh kicks to the midsection.

The second frame was an even stronger round for dos Anjos, whose increased strength and power at welterweight became obvious as he began to wear on Saffiedine. Dos Anjos continued to take the steam out of Saffiedine with his steady diet of kicks and some hard body shots.

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Although Saffiedine seemed to find some bounce early in the third round, he couldn’t manage to get much more than his jab to land. While dos Anjos slowed a bit in the final frame, he was still able to command where the fight would take place, putting Saffiedine on the fence, and continuing to overpower him in both their grappling and striking exchanges.

It was a strong opening performance at welterweight for dos Anjos, who hopes to have found new life in the Octagon.

“What a best way to make my welterweight debut,” dos Anjos said after the fight.

“I’m 32 years old, I know I still have a lot of things to do in my new welterweight division. This is just the beginning guys. I will do a lot in the division.”

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Hospital Provides Update on Matt Hughes’ Condition After Collision with Train

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes was airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital on Friday after the pickup truck he was driving collided with a train. 

The incident occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. local time in Montgomery County, Illinois, when Hughes’ pickup truck approached a “railroad grade crossing marked with crossbucks,” according to Illinois State Police. “(Hughes) crossed the railroad tracks directly in front of a train and the train struck the passenger side of the truck.”

Matt HughesHughes was seriously injured and airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital. UFC president Dana White, who was in touch with Hughes’ family, told ESPN that Hughes had suffered head trauma in the accident.

Friday afternoon, HSHS St. John’s Hospital released a statement, saying that the hospital’s trauma team had stabilized Hughes and was continuing to help him recover. 

HSHS St. John’s Full Statement on Matt Hughes:

“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.

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“Hughes’ family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time. They ask that you keep Matt in your thoughts and prayers.”

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Broadcast Team Revealed

Expect a lot of familiar voices, and perhaps some UFC flavor, as part of Showtime’s broadcast team for the Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match.

UFC president Dana White, upon announcing Floyd Mayweather would box Conor McGregor on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas, insisted that the event would be a boxing event, not a UFC event. In fact, the UFC is not the official promoter of the event, although the MMA juggernaut will utilize its promotional skills to help make it the biggest fight possible. 

Mayweather vs McGregor Showtime Fight PosterMayweather Promotions will build the fight card as the promoter of record, while Showtime will be the broadcast partner that televises Mayweather vs. McGregor on Pay-Per-View. On Friday, Showtime unveiled its broadcast team to Sporting News. It will largely be Showtime’s usual suspects manning the broadcast.

Brian Custer will host the PPV broadcast, while Mauro Ranallo will handle play-by-play duties alongside longtime color analysts Al Bernstein and Paul Maglianaggi. Jim Gray will serve as ringside reporter and Steve Farhood will continue his duties as the team’s unofficial scorer.

Aside from Showtime’s usual boxing broadcast team, Mayweather vs. McGregor may also get some added flavor from some UFC guest analysts, according to Showtime spokesperson Chris DeBlasio.

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The price for the Mayweather vs. McGregor Pay-Per-View has yet to be set, but is expected to be upwards of $100.

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