Frank Trigg marvels at ex-UFC rival Matt Hughes' remarkable recovery from horrific accident

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Frank Trigg’s rivalry with Matt Hughes resulted in two UFC encounters and, years later, a UFC Hall of Fame induction.

More than 12 years after their second fight, Trigg (21-9 MMA, 2-5 UFC) says he and Hughes (45-9 MMA, 18-7 UFC), while casual friends, still have a lot they still don’t see eye-to-eye on. But seeing that the man who beat him twice in the octagon survived the battle of a lifetime following a scary accident, Trigg has nothing but awe and admiration for Hughes.

“I am so happy that he made it through,” Trigg told MMAjunkie Radio. “And that his wife still has a husband. His twin brother still has a brother. His son still has a dad. It is huge. You can’t say enough about this guy. And he’s going to pull it together. Whether you believe in a higher power or not – he always has.

“He’s always been that guy who always leans on Jesus Christ, always leans on God. Whatever his belief system is, it worked for him, because he survived this (expletive). If I was in that thing, I would have been dead. One hundred percent, I would not have survived that thing. And he made it through.”

A UFC Hall of Famer who’s highly regarded as one of the greatest 170-pound fighters in MMA history, Hughes was in delicate condition when the truck he was driving was hit by a train near rural Raymond, Ill., back in June. The retired fighter was found unconscious and airlifted to the hospital, where he was in a coma.

Since then, encouraging updates on Hughes’ progress have been shared by various people on social media. Recently, a friend posted a picture dubbing Hughes’ recovery “nothing short of a miracle.” And, on Monday night, we got to see footage of Hughes back on the mat.

Echoing the careful sentiment shared by Hughes’ sister in a previous update, Trigg understands there’s still a long, uncertain road ahead of his fellow ex-fighter. But judging by what his former foe showed so far, he’s encouraged.

“Now, is he fully back? No,” Trigg said. “Does he have a long road to go? Absolutely. He’s got a traumatic brain injury. He was in a coma for six weeks or whatever, with a medically induced coma because of brain bleeding and brain swelling and all that stuff. Has he lost a bunch of weight, as the pictures showed? Of course, he was eating through a tube. He wasn’t chewing any of his own food, so he lost weight.

“Is he going to be able to grapple again or hit mitts again, or anything like that? We don’t know, we have to see that kind of game (note: the interview was conducted before the footage of Hughes grappling came out). But this fool survived a train accident and is trying to use the wheelchair with muscle atrophy. Trying to stand up and walk on his own. He’s a survivor.”

Trigg and Hughes were last seen in the octagon in April of 2005, at UFC 52, when a rear-naked choke by Hughes put an end to the rematch of a UFC 45 bout that had ended pretty much the same way. The fight, one of UFC president Dana White’s all-time favorites, was added to the promotion’s revamped Hall of Fame in 2015.

A lot has happened since. Now 43, Hughes fought another 12 times in the octagon before retiring with a still-impressive record. Trigg, in turn, went on to add 15 professional MMA fights to his record before re-focusing his efforts into other aspects of the fight game – such as refereeing and judging.

Trigg says he and Hughes talk when they see each other – which happens quite often considering Hughes is on a board for a charity that Trigg works with. They do agree on a few stances – such as the military, guns and hunting. There is still, however, plenty of things they disagree on.

“Politically, we’re on opposite ends of the spectrum,” Trigg said.

Still, they managed to find common ground.

“It’s pretty cool to look back at like the Muhammad Ali (vs. Joe Frazier rivalry) – how 50 years later they were still arguing, they were still fighting, they didn’t like each other,” Trigg said. “And Matt and I have gotten to a space where we can be in the same room and not throw jabs at each other.

“Of course, I have to be a little more humble because he beat me twice, and that game has to be played when we’re together. But, man, I’m so happy. I can’t say enough good things about him surviving this thing.”

To hear from Trigg, check out the video above.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2516 with Ricardo Lamas and Frank Trigg

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with Ricardo Lamas and Frank Trigg.

Both guests were in-studio to co-host the entire episode. Lamas discussed his recent win over Jason Knight at UFC 214, while Trigg talked about his new passion: refereeing and judging MMA fights.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Frank Trigg and Ricardo Lamas in-studio

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Frank Trigg and Ricardo Lamas.

Trigg, a former UFC welterweight contender and member of the UFC Hall of Fame, and UFC featherweight contender Lamas, who is coming off a win over Jason Knight at UFC 214, both join the show in-studio and will co-host the entire episode.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2485 with Tony Ferguson, Frank Trigg, Carlos Silva

Stream or download Wednesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Tony Ferguson, Frank Trigg, Carlos Silva and Mike Bohn.

Ferguson, a UFC lightweight title contender, discussed his preferred scenarios for his next fight. Trigg and Bohn co-hosted the episode and helped the hosts cover the latest MMA news. Silva talked about WSOF alum Justin Gaethje and his debut at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Tony Ferguson, Carlos Silva, Frank Trigg, Mike Bohn

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Tony Ferguson, Carlos Silva, Frank Trigg and Mike Bohn.

Ferguson looks to fight for the UFC lightweight title vs. Conor McGregor – or perhaps for an interim title against another top contender. Silva is CEO of PFL (formerly WSOF). Retired MMA fighter/former MMAjunkie Radio host Trigg and MMAjunkie reporter Bohn are our in-studio guest hosts.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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