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Andreas Hale

Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was involved in an accident when the truck he was in collided with a moving train. The 43-year-old was airlifted to a nearby medical facility. ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported the news of the incident after it was communicated to him by UFC president Dana White.

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

As if this writing, there is no further information regarding where the accident occurred or how serious it is. Hughes currently lives in Illinois and was helping a friend when the accident took place.

Hughes held the UFC welterweight title from 2001 to 2006 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest welterweights in the history of the sport. Although he retired in 2011 after being knocked out by Josh Koscheck, he has openly discussed a possible comeback to competition. He served as the UFC's Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations but was let go in 2016.


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