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Matt Hughes Makes Emotional Walk to the Octagon at UFC St. Louis (Video)

The UFC honored Hall of Famer and former welterweight champion Matt Hughes on Sunday night in St. Louis with an emotional tribute, as he continues to battle through the biggest fight of his life. 

Hughes was hospitalized for several weeks last summer after his truck collided with an oncoming train in Illinois on June 16, 2017, and he was airlifted for treatment because of severe head injuries. According to police, Hughes drove his truck across railroad tracks directly in the path of an oncoming train, which struck the passenger side of his vehicle.

Hughes was stabilized by medical personnel, but was in a coma for quite some time as a result of the car accident.

Matt HughesThe severity of the incident left many doubtful that he would recover, but Hughes’ family and friends rallied around him, holding prayer vigils and steadfastly believing that the mental fortitude that drove him to becoming one of the most storied champions in UFC history and his faith would carry him through the battle.

His friends and family were correct.

Though Hughes is obviously still struggling with some of his motor skills, his recovery has been northing short of miraculous.

The UFC’s tribute, entitled “Welcome Home Matt Hughes,” included a short video that recounted the tragic accident, Hughes’ road to recovery, and his historic career. The likes of Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn were included in the video, giving credit to Hughes for paving their way to the Octagon.

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Following the video, Hughes walked out of the tunnel with his fight music, “Country Boys Can Survive,” blaring as he made his way to through a standing ovation, shaking hands with fans before being greeted Octagonside by UFC president Dana White. 

It was a moving tribute to one of the most dominant champions the UFC has known, and one who is now winning the most important fight of his life.

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Dana White: Tyron Woodley vs. Rafael dos Anjos is ‘the fight to make’

It looks like Rafael dos Anjos is going to get the next crack at welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

UFC president Dana White revealed on Sunday night following his promotion’s first card of 2018 that he anticipates dos Anjos facing Woodley later this year, once the reigning champion has recovered from shoulder surgery.

Woodley went under the knife recently to repair damage to his shoulder, but said that he still expected to be back in action during the first quarter of 2018. Now it appears the UFC has locked down his opponent when he’s steps back into the Octagon.

“As soon as he’s healthy, obviously, RDA [Rafael dos Anjos] is the fight to make, especially the way he looked in the Robbie Lawler fight,” White said on the post fight show. “We’re just waiting for Tyron to get healthy.”

Dos Anjos defeated Lawler this past December by unanimous decision to move his record to a perfect 3-0 since switching from lightweight to the welterweight division.

Dos Anjos has been lobbying hard ever since for his chance to face Woodley with No. 3 ranked Colby Covington doing the same in an attempt to get his shot at the title.

Now it appears Covington may have to wait, while the UFC seems set on the Woodley vs. Dos Anjos match-up later this year.

Paige VanZant Shows Off Broken Arm Suffered In First Round Against Jessica-Rose Clark

Paige VanZant fought the majority of her bout against Jessica-Rose Clark with only one arm.

In between rounds on Sunday night, VanZant was heard telling her corner that she suffered a broken arm following the first round. At the conclusion of the fight, VanZant grabbed her right arm as she visibly winced in pain after gutting through a three round battle that she ended up losing by unanimous decision.

Afterwards, VanZant was taken to a local hospital for treatment where she posted a photo of her x-ray that showed the broken bone she suffered in the fight.

It’s an unfortunate turn of circumstances for VanZant, who was making her debut at 125 pounds on Sunday night but came up short against Clark and will now likely be sidelined for a couple of months due to the broken arm. 

Dana White: Conor McGregor May Not Return Until September, Hints at Title Being Stripped

Conor McGregor‘s lightweight title reign may be over very soon.

On Sunday night, UFC president Dana White revealed that McGregor is now contemplating an even longer layoff with his next fight not being booked until at least September.

If that comes to pass, White says the UFC would “absolutely” have to strip McGregor of his lightweight title that he won in November 2016 and still hasn’t defended.

“Conor has said he’s thinking about coming back in September. If he comes back in September, that’s almost two years. That can’t happen,” White said. “It’s not fair to everybody else.

“Love Conor, respect Conor, love everything that he’s done for this company. Everybody knows that. I say it all the time. The belt would have to move on.”

McGregor has been relatively quite about his return to the Octagon outside of stating several times that he’ll be happy to fight once the UFC offers him what he considers as fair compensation. McGregor has been locked in negotiations with the UFC on a new deal for quite some time, while also hinting at demands that could include co-promotion or some sort of equity in the company.

As far as what happens with the lightweight division right now, White said the UFC is already working on a fight between interim champion Tony Ferguson and undefeated Russian wrecking machine Khabib Nurmagomedov in the near future.

“You do Khabib versus Tony,” White said. “We’re working on that fight now and, if and when Conor comes back, he would get the first crack at the title.”

There have been rumors that Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov could headline UFC 223 on April 7 in Brooklyn, N.Y., but there’s no confirmation at this time if that’s the date and location the promotion is targeting for that fight.

Either way, it certainly appears that McGregor’s time as lightweight champion may be limited if he doesn’t book his next fight in the UFC sooner rather than later.

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