MMA star Matt Hughes airlifted after train collides with truck

MMA star Matt Hughes airlifted after train collides with truck

MMA star Matt Hughes airlifted after train collides with truck

The crossing was marked only with a sign, state police said. The Hillsboro, Illinois native attempted to cross the tracks and the oncoming train slammed into the passenger side of the vehicle, police said. Law enforcement says 1 person was transported to a hospital with serious injuries. Dana White says that injured person is in fact Hughes.

The former welterweight champion was airlifted to a medical facility.


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Investigators are at the crash site trying to figure out what went wrong. He held the UFC's welterweight title from 2001-2004 and 2004-2006.

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According to Robbins, Hughes' family is also at the hospital.

Hughes himself recently made news in the MMA world by teasing a comeback, something fellow retired fighter Chuck Liddell has been doing as well. We'll update the story as it develops.

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