Matt Hughes Hit By Train, Being Airlifted To Hospital

Hughes (45-9) is now 43-years old and retired from fighting in 2011.

UFC president Dana White later confirmed that Hughes had suffered head injuries before being airlifted to a local medical facility for treatment.

No other information is available at this time.

According to Illinois State Police, Hughes drove a pickup truck across a railroad crossing "directly in front of a train and the train struck the passenger side of the truck". White said a truck Hughes was in collided with a moving train earlier today (June 16).

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Hughes, a high school state wrestling champion at Hillsboro, won his first UFC World Welterweight title in 2001. 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.

UFC mixed martial arts fighter Matt Hughes during a news conference in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010.

This is a developing story and updates will be posted as more details are released.

Our thoughts are with Matt Hughes and his family.


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