UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes was badly injured in a auto accident in IL on Friday when a truck he was in collided with a moving train, law enforcement tellsTMZ Sports.
Police said Hughes was "seriously injured" and transported to a Springfield hospital by an Arch Air Medical Services helicopter ambulance.
"Our thoughts are with Matt Hughes and his family", the UFC's official account tweeted.
It happened around 10:45 a.m. on Beelers Trail in Montgomery County.
UFC president Dana White later confirmed that Hughes had suffered head injuries before being airlifted to a local medical facility for treatment.
Hughes, 43, is a former two-time UFC Welterweight Champion and UFC Hall of Famer. The train struck the passenger side of the truck. The state police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating.
Hughes dominated the UFC welterweight division for the better part of a decade when he exploded into the octagon by winning the belt with his now-historic KO win over Carlos Newton in 2001. We'll update the story as it develops.
In an interview with Joe Buck earlier this year, Hughes hinted at making an MMA comeback. According to Robbins, Hughes' family is also at the hospital.