Updated: 03/12/2018 12:33 PM | First Published: 01/30/2018 10:30 AM

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

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Matt Hughes is one of the greatest pound-for-pound MMA fighters to ever grace the octagon of UFC.

The two-time welterweight UFC champion has contested and won some of the toughest matches in UFC history.

But last year, Matt had to battle death after a serious injury

He was seriously injured in a deadly truck accident in June 2017 at Montgomery County, Illinois.

He was immediately rushed to the HSHS St. John’s Hospital. He suffered a head injury with bleeding brain & was pushed into an induced-coma.

A few days afterward, Matt’s family confirmed that he had no broken bones or other injuries, but was unconscious and barely responding.

Just over a month after the accident, Matt came out of the coma back to his consciousness.

Pat Miletich, Matt’s coach, was the first to confirm the miraculous recovery of the UFC Hall of Famer.

Miletich explained that the accident took place after Matt’s truck struck on a train track and was unable to move while the train smashed in.

In a battle of life and death, Matt showed incredible courage and resilience to win the biggest fight of his life. 

Matt made his long-awaited return to the UFC on January 14, 2018

After a heart-warming tribute video, Matt made his entrance to the cage-side on his own strength.

The crowd welcomed him with a loud cheer as he made his way to the ring on his signature song, A Country Boy Can Survive by Hank Williams Jr.