Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes didn’t suffer any broken bones or internal injuries when his truck collided with a train Friday but remains unresponsive, his family said Sunday.
“He has some minor lacerations and bruising and is currently being weaned from his ventilator. He is not yet awake and not responding as we would like to see but we see the fight in him,” Beth Hughes Ulrici, his sister, wrote on Facebook.
Hughes was airlifted to a medical facility after the accident, which occurred just south of Raymond, Illinois, about 12 miles north of Hughes’ home in Hillsboro.
According to Illinois State Police, Hughes, 43, drove a pickup truck across a railroad grade crossing “directly in front of a train, and the train struck the passenger side of the truck” at 10:43 a.m.
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, said Hughes was airlifted there and that its trauma team “stabilized him and continues to help him in his recovery.”
Illinois State Police are investigating the crash.
Hughes (45-9) held the UFC welterweight championship at various points between 2001 and 2006. He is recognized as one of the greatest 170-pound fighters of all time. Hughes, who has not fought since 2011 and announced his retirement in 2013, publicly said he was considering a comeback fight earlier this year.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto contributed to this report.