A dominant UFC champion, Matt Hughes, who won some of the toughest matches in UFC history, fought his most rigorous fight after his retirement.

Still recovering!

Matt Hughes showing off his body before a UFC match

This time his battle isn’t for dominating the octagon. He struggled to defeat his death after a deadly truck accident in June 2017 at Montgomery County, Illinois. He was immediately rushed to the HSHS St. John’s Hospital and was pushed into an induced coma after he suffered a head injury with bleeding brain. After a few days, his family confirmed that he was unconscious and barely responding despite lacking any broken bones or internal injuries. After little more than a month of the life-threatening accident, he regained consciousness. After recovering from the injury on October 4, 2017, he returned to the hospital to express his gratitude to the hospital staff who took care of him.

What Happened to Matt Hughes, Two-Time Welterweight UFC Champion?

The UFC Hall of Famer made his long-awaited return to the ring as a guest of honor during UFC Fight Night in St. Louis, on January 14, 2018. A huge crowd warmly welcomed him while he entered the ring on his signature song, A Country Boy Can Survive, by Hank Williams Jr. A 25-part series, UFC 25 Years in Short, was created, on the occasion of UFC’s official 25th anniversary. The final short will be released on November 12. The shorts will chronicle everything like disputed beginnings of the octagon to the journeys of stars like Chuck Liddell and Ronda Rousey and Matt Hughes’ struggle for life.

Dana White and Matt Hughes posing for a picture holding the UFC hall of fame trophy of Matt Hughes

Dana White, President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, said,

“This will be a real nostalgic look back at the UFC. There will be things that come up that even the most hardcore fans don’t know. And for the people who have recently become fans, they will be able to look back and learn a lot about the history.

The documentary, Country Boy Can Survive: The Story of Matt Hughes’ Fight for Survival, which chronicles Matt’s struggles in life following the accident was released on Oct 8. Matt is still recovering and his wife, Audra is supporting him to overcome these incredible challenges.

Get well soon, Matt!

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