Former UFC two-time welterweight champion Matt Hughes was almost unbeatable in his career. Sporting an impressive 45-9 record and winning two championships, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Hughes retired in 2011, but his classic fights are still ranked as some of the greatest in the history of the sport.
Hughes finished off his career with two losses in 2010 and 2011, but it did not take away from his winning reputation. Earlier in 2017, Hughes had talked about making a comeback to the octagon, training to get back into fighting shape.
His return to the octagon was put on hold in June, however, when Hughes was struck by a train in Iliinois. His pickup truck was struck on the passenger side of the car. Details on his condition were sparse, with fans only knowing it was serious.
Hughes did not suffer any broken bones or internal bleeding, but he was placed in a medically induced coma. His condition was touch-and-go at best, with doctors not knowing if or when he would wake up, and what permanent damage might be lingering. Fans were left in the dark on Hughes' condition which is understandable given the severity, but they were hoping to get some tidbit of information to ease their minds.
Well now, two months later, they got some information that most certainly will make them happy.
On August 14th, Hughes' best friend Tony Zucca posted a picture of the former fighter. It's the first picture of Hughes since his accident. Zucca included a touching message, calling Hughes' recovery "nothing short of a miracle."
"I can’t even describe the emotions I am feeling as I write this post. Less than two months ago I didn’t know if my best friend was going to make it, and tonight we made a jail break for sushi (in disguise. Ha). Talk about a roller coaster of emotions! His progress is nothing short of a miracle. He is working so hard and fights through the frustration. He is, as he’s always been, an inspiration.”
“I can’t wait to hit the mats with him again…and he told me today that he has “one more round” left in him! Ha. (He laughed…but definitely wasn’t joking!). Thank you for all of your prayers! Please keep them up as he still has a long road ahead of him. I am witnessing the power of them firsthand! So thankful!”
Hughes is almost unrecognizable in this picture, but he seems to be in good spirits.
Hughes still has a long road to recovery, but if he's fighting this battle with even half the intensity he used in the octagon, there's no doubt he'll be back to his normal self soon.