Matt Hughes’ remarkable recovery continues to amaze doctors…

It has been 67 days since a train collided with a truck Matt Hughes was driving. The collision left the former welterweight champion in a coma.

A little over a month after the accident, Pat Miletich updated media on Hughes’ recovery.

“He is surprising the doctors,” Miletich said. “He’s making great leaps and he’s no longer in a coma, and he’s improving. It’s going to be a long road. Any type of head trauma at that level, there’s going to be some rehab.”

As his rehabilitation continued, his friend Tony Zucca has been documenting it through social media.

“So awesome to see that smile and hear that laugh again,”  Zucca wrote on Instagram. “If I posted a video from day one and compared it to today…and you still didn’t believe in miracles…well, there’s nothing that’s ever going to change your mind.”

Mar 15, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, Canada;former UFC fighter Matt Hughes speaks to the fans during the weight-in for UFC 158 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Hughes’ Accident

The accident occurred on June 16th, 2017 near Hughes’ home in Montgomery County, Illinois. Miletich revealed further details to media last month regarding the circumstances of Hughes’ accident.

“The [train] engineer said, Matt had stopped on the gravel road,” Miletich said. “It’s a hill, goes up, it’s a real quick hill that goes up to the railroad tracks. He had stopped, then tried to get across it in time. The train was going almost 50 MPH.

“It’s almost like, he saw it, then tried to beat it. What I would say is that, you’re on a gravel road out in country on a hill and you’re trying to punch it and get over, you’re going to swing tires, he didn’t get across in time and got clipped on the passenger side.”

Aug. 6, 2010; Oakland, CA, USA; UFC welterweight bout fighter Matt Hughes during weigh ins for UFC 117 at the Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

 Matt Hughes: Back on the Mats

Hughes’ friend Tony Zucca recently posted the below video of him and Hughes grappling for the first time since the accident.

Just a week earlier, Zucca had posted about sneaking out of the hospital with Hughes to get sushi.

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