The sister of UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes provided an update on the former welterweight champion, who has been in the hospital since the truck he was driving was struck by a train on June 16.
According to his sister, Beth Hughes Ulrici, who spoke with Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting, Hughes is showing “small signs of improvement” and has been taken off of his ventilator.
Hughes’ sister wrote the following on Facebook:
“Matt is off the ventilator and showing some small signs of improvement. There are some stories and comments out there that are exaggerated. Please don’t believe everything you hear or read. This is going to be a long journey for his recovery.
“Please understand that Matt was the only public figure in our family,. The rest of us are just regular everyday small town folks. We have never had to deal with the media and all the added stress that comes with it. We are all very private people and we are doing our best to keep you all informed; but our focus right now is Matt and his recovery. No news is good news!”
While Hughes was taken off of the ventilator, he has still remained minimally responsive.
As Beth Hughes Ulrici said, it is still a long road ahead for the mixed martial arts legend, but he continues to fight.
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