According to a breaking report by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, UFC legend Matt Hughes has been airlifted to hospital following a car/train accident earlier today. UFC President Dana White confirmed that the truck Hughes was in collided with a train on Friday. According to White, Hughes was helping a friend at the time of the accident.
White told ESPN that “apparently he has head trauma. His family is traveling to him now.”
According to a report by TMZ, law enforcement officials have stated that Hughes was “badly injured” and that the star was “transported to a hospital with serious injuries.”
Hughes (45–9) retired from action in 2013 following back to back knockout losses to B.J. Penn and Josh Koscheck. He was a two time UFC welterweight champion, and fought the best of the best in his day. Notable wins include Frank Trigg, Carlos Newton, Sean Sherk, and of course Georges St. Pierre. That win came in the first of their trilogy of fights.
Though he had been retired for several years, the forty-three year old Hughes had been talking about a comeback earlier this year.
Updated as of 2:45PM to include info/link to the TMZ report.