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Matt Hughes' sister: 'Small signs of improvement' for UFC legend now off ventilator

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes is off a ventilator and in the middle of a “long journey for his recovery” after a scary truck-train accident last month, his sister said in a family statement posted Tuesday on Facebook.

On June 16, Hughes’ truck reportedly was struck on the passenger side when he crossed railroad tracks directly in front of the train on Beeler Trail in Montgomery County, Ill. The crossing did not have a barricade and was marked only with a sign.

Hughes, 43, a native of Hillsboro, Ill., was unconscious when first responders arrived and immediately airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

On Tuesday, Beth Ulrici Hughes provided an update on the UFC legend’s condition, stating that he is off a ventilator and “showing small signs of improvement.” She also addressed what the ordeal has been like for the family.

Here’s the full statement:

Update from Matt’s family:

Audra Hughes, Annette Fuller, Emily Hays Hughes

Please understand that Matt was the only public figure in our family. The rest of us are just regular everyday small town folks. We have never had to deal with the media and all the added stress that comes with it. We are all very private people and we are doing our best to keep you all informed; but our focus right now is Matt and his recovery. No news is good news!

Matt is off the ventilator and showing some small signs of improvement. There are some stories and comments out there that are exaggerated. Please don’t believe everything you hear or read. This is going to be a long journey for his recovery. Please continue to keep Matt in your prayers. He is strong, he has heart and he will not give up! We are faithful in the fact that he will recover with God’s Grace and Mercy! We as a family ask everyone to keep praying for Matt!

One of the greatest welterweights in MMA history, Hughes (45-9 MMA, 18-7 UFC) held the title from 2001-2004 and 2004-2006, defending his belt on seven different occasions. He most recently fought in 2011, losing via knockout to Josh Koscheck, which marked the second straight time he’d been knocked out after a previous loss to UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumorssection of the site.

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Offer extended to transfer UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes to brain trauma center in Atlanta

Illinois State Police continue to investigate a truck-train crash that left UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes hospitalized.

Officers from the Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit hope to speak to Hughes to find out what happened when his truck was struck last Friday by a train on Beeler Trail in Montgomery County, Ill.

Officers are waiting to see if his condition improves so they can interview him, ISP public information officer Jason Bradley told MMAjunkie. They’re also waiting toxicology results from the hospital where he was airlifted following the accident.

“If he obviously is in a position where they think he’s going to pull through, the investigation will continue, because they’re going to want to interview him,” Bradley said. “They’re going to go back and recreate everything they can up to that point. They’re going to wait for toxicology tests to come back.

“There really is no time frame, because a lot of times, a majority of the investigation will be completed, but they’re waiting on one thing before they can close it.”

Hughes, 43, a native of Hillsboro, Ill., remains in stable condition at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. In a statement released Sunday, his sister Beth Ulrici said Hughes has no broken bones or internal injuries, yet is not awake and not responding. He is on a ventilator.

UFC President Dana White told ESPN.com that Hughes had suffered head trauma.

The Hughes family was recently contacted by the Triumph Over Tragedy Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to “support the family unit through biblical principles from the initial impact of a tragedy of illness.” According to a person close to the family, who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, Triumph founder Reggie Jones has offered to evaluate Hughes and get him transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, a facility that specializes in traumatic brain injuries.

Hughes’ truck reportedly was struck on the passenger side after he crossed the railroad tracks directly in front of the train. The crossing did not have a barricade and was marked only with a sign. Bradley did not have any information on the train involved in the accident.

Bradley said Hughes was unconscious when first responders got to him Friday morning and was immediately airlifted to Springfield. The hospital said in a statement, “Hughes’ family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time. They ask that you keep Matt in your thoughts and prayers.”

One of the greatest welterweights in MMA history, Hughes (45-9 MMA, 18-7 UFC) is a UFC Hall of Famer and two-time champion, holding the title from 2001-2004 and 2004-2006, defending his belt on seven different occasions. He most recently fought in 2011, losing via knockout to Josh Koscheck, which marked the second straight time he’d been knocked out after a previous loss to UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes stable, but not yet awake after truck-train accident

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes remains hospitalized following a Friday accident when a truck he was driving was hit by an oncoming train.

Hughes’ sister, Beth Ulrici, today issued a statement on behalf of her family on her Facebook page updating her brother’s condition and asking for continued support:

“Our family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support,” Ulrici’s statement reads. “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 manager when he was a fighter, Monte Cox, told MMAjunkie late Saturday that the family is hoping updates on Hughes’ condition only come from its members and not from others.

“While the family appreciates everybody’s good wishes, it wants to make sure only accurate news is reported,” Cox told MMAjunkie in a statement. “Therefore, the family is asking that beginning immediately, the media only report information coming directly from the family.”

Cox on Saturday indicated that Hughes had made rapid progress in healing from his injuries, passing word from Hughes’ twin brother, Mark Hughes, that the former champ’s “eyes are closed, but he is awake today and squeezing hands.”

However, Hughes’ sister contradicted the accuracy of that account in the official family statement, saying he is not awake and not responding.

The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., near Hughes’ hometown of Hillsboro, reported the former fighter had to be stabilized by a trauma team at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, citing a statement from the facility, after he was airlifted there following the collision.

The State Journal-Register reported Hughes crossed a set of railroad tracks near rural Raymond, Ill., directly in front of an oncoming train. The truck he was driving was hit on the passenger side, the Illinois State Police told the newspaper. According to SJ-R.com, the state police are investigating the crash.

UFC President Dana White told ESPN.com that Hughes suffered head trauma.

Hughes (45-9 MMA, 18-7 UFC), 43, is a 2010 UFC Hall of Famer and one of the greatest 170-pound fighters in MMA history. He held the UFC’s welterweight title from 2001-2004 and 2004-2006. He registered seven total 170-pound title defenses, a record later broken by Georges St-Pierre.

Hughes last fought in 2011 and suffered back-to-back losses to B.J. Penn and Josh Kosceck in his final two appearances. During a decorated career that saw him emerge as one of MMA’s biggest stars – during the sport’s biggest growth period – he defeated the likes of St-Pierre, Sean Sherk, Penn, Royce Gracie, Frank Trigg and Matt Serra, among others.

Hughes, who took up MMA in 1998 after wrestling at Eastern Illinois University and earning NCAA Division I All-American honors, formally announced his retirement in 2013. He then joined the organization’s front office as the UFC Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations, though that position recently was eliminated in the wake of the UFC’s sale to WME-IMG. He’s recently hinted at a possible return to competition.

MMAjunkie will have further updates on Hughes’ condition as they become available.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes awake and responsive day after truck-train accident

Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes is doing better one day after his truck collided with a train.

Hughes’ longtime manager, Monte Cox, today told MMAjunkie the 43-year-old former champ is awake and responsive less than 24 hours after he was reportedly in a coma.

“His eyes are closed, but he is awake today and squeezing hands,” reported Cox, who is receiving text message updates from Hughes’ twin brother Mark Hughes.

The UFC Hall of Famer was airlifted Friday morning to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill., after Hughes’ truck reportedly crossed a track and was struck on the passenger side by an oncoming train. UFC President Dana White said Hughes had suffered head trauma.

The hospital released a statement saying Hughes had been stabilized and asked for privacy during his recovery.

Cox on Friday said he’d been informed that Hughes had suffered a collapsed lung and was in a medically induced coma because of a brain bleed. But Hughes apparently made a quick turnaround this morning and is now responsive.

Hughes (45-9 MMA, 18-7 UFC), who held the UFC welterweight title from 2001-2004 and 2004-2006, was contemplating a comeback earlier this year after being cut from a behind-the-scenes job with the promotion as its VP of athlete development and government relations.

Hughes last fought in 2011, suffering a knockout loss to Josh Koscheck after a previous knockout loss to now-Hall of Famer B.J. Penn. During his reign as champion, he beat some of the sport’s greatest at 170 pounds, including Georges St-Pierre, Sean Sherk, Penn and Royce Gracie, among others.

MMAjunkie will continue to provide updates on Hughes’ condition.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes airlifted after truck-train collision

UFC notable Matt Hughes has been airlifted to a medical facility following an accident.

A truck he was in collided with a moving train today, UFC President Dana White told ESPN.com.

“Our thoughts are with Matt Hughes and his family,” the UFC’s official account subsequently tweeted:

White told ESPN.com that Hughes suffered head trauma, but additional details about his condition weren’t immediately available.

Hughes (45-9 MMA, 18-7 UFC), 43, is a 2010 UFC Hall of Famer and one of the greatest 170-pound fighters in MMA history. He held the UFC’s welterweight title from 2001-2004 and 2004-2006. He registered seven total 170-pound title defenses, a record later broken by Georges St-Pierre.

Hughes last fought in 2011 and suffered back-to-back losses to fellow vets B.J. Penn and Josh Kosceck in his final two appearances. During a decorated career that saw him emerge as one of MMA’s biggest stars – during the sport’s biggest growth period – he defeated the likes of St-Pierre, Sean Sherk, Penn, Royce Gracie, Frank Trigg and Matt Serra, among others.

Hughes, who took up MMA in 1998 after wrestling at Eastern Illinois University and earning NCAA Division I All-American honors, formally announced his retirement in 2013. He then joined the organization’s front office as the UFC Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations. He’s recently hinted at a possible return to competition.

MMAjunkie will have further updates on Hughes’ condition as they become available.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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