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Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was involved in a serious accident when his truck collided with a train last week, and now his family is seeking assistance from a traumatic injury foundation for the next steps towards his recovery.

The former champion's sister, Beth Hughes Ulrici, said in a statement posted on her Facebook page (h/t MMAFighting) that the family will be working with the Triumph Over Tragedy Foundation.

"Matt has sat on Triumph Over Tragedy Foundation's board for five years," she wrote. "The Georgia-based nonprofit serves families affected by spinal cord and brain injuries. We are working closely with the foundation on the next steps with Matt’s care including having him evaluated by one of the country’s top Traumatic Brain Injury Centers. We are taking Matt’s situation day by day and ask his fans and colleagues to continue to lift him up in prayer."

Following the accident, Hughes was airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill., where his family says, he is in “stable condition,” but remains “minimally responsive.”

The MMA community rallied together to show support for Hughes who is considered one of the greatest welterweights of all time.

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