Matt Hughes Has 'No Broken Bones or Internal Injuries' After Train Collision

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2017

UFC mixed martial arts fighter Matt Hughes during a news conference in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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The family of Matt Hughes released a statement Sunday saying the former UFC welterweight champion is in "stable" condition after being involved in a car accident Friday morning.

"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," Beth Hughes Ulrici said in a Facebook post. "He is not yet awake and not responding as we would like to see but we see the fight in him.

"Matt's strength and determination along with God's Mercy and Grace will bring him through this. We ask that you all continue to pray."

Hughes' pickup truck was struck by a train while he was driving in Illinois at 10:43 a.m. Friday, per Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com. He was then airlifted to HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, where he's undergone observation and testing.

"Hughes' family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time," the hospital said in a statement. "They ask that you keep Matt in your thoughts and prayers."

UFC released a statement Friday expressing its thoughts for Hughes and his family. The 43-year-old last fought in UFC at the UFC 135 pay-per-view. 

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