UFC legend Matt Hughes’ manager has given a positive update on his condition after the fighter was airlifted to hospital on Friday morning due to his truck having collided with a train at a railway crossing in Illinois.
At the time Hughes was believed to have suffered head trauma in the collision and was in a coma, but 24-hours later the outlook sounded much more promising.
“He is awake, but eyes closed,” Monte Cox told MMAFighting.com. “Can squeeze hands.”
Cox also added that doctors are now, “optimistic and hopeful” about the retired UFC fighter’s condition.
Police are still investigating the accident, but an initial report suggests that Hughes had been driving his pick-up truck in Raymond, Illinois at 10.45am on Friday morning when he approached a railroad grade crossing marked with crossbucks and then drove onto the tracks directly in front of a train, which slammed into the passenger side of the vehicle.
With that in mind it’s a miracle that Hughes is still alive, but MMA fans around the world know only too well how tough the former two-time welterweight champion and UFC hall-of-famer is, having watch him become one of the most dominant forces in the history of the sport during his 13-year career.