Update: Hughes responsive, MDs optimistic after accident

UPDATE: According to his longtime manager Monte Cox, Hughes is now responsive.

“He is awake, but eyes closed,” said Cox to MMA Fighting. “Can squeeze hands.”

Cox said further that Hughes’s family and doctors are “optimistic and hopeful” about Hughes’ condition.

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes has been airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois after a truck he was in was involved in a collision with a moving train.

Although details are sparse, UFC president Dana White spoke to Brett Okamoto for ESPN, and said Hughes had been helping a friend.

“Apparently he has head trauma,” White said. “His family is traveling to him now.”

The accident took place in Illinois, at 10:39 a.m. local time. Investigators are trying to identify the cause of the crash.

According to Illinois State Police, Hughes’ pickup truck approached a “railroad grade crossing marked with crossbucks. [Hughes] crossed the railroad tracks directly in front of a train and the train struck the passenger side of the truck.”

HSHS St. John’s Hospital reports that Hughes’ condition had stabilized.

“Former UFC fighter and Hillsboro native Matt Hughes was airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in the noon hour on Friday, June 16, 2017,” read the statement. “The HSHS St. John’s Regional Trauma Team stabilized him and continues to help him in his recovery.

“Hughes’ family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time. They ask that you keep Matt in your thoughts and prayers.”

Hughes and Georges St-Pierre are considered the best welterweight fighters in league history. He retired in 2011, but was considering a comeback.