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More than two weeks after his truck was struck by a moving train, former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes no longer needs a ventilator and is showing “small signs of improvement,” his sister Beth Hughes Ulrici announced Tuesday on Facebook, according to MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi.

The incident occurred on June 16 in Raymond, Ill., near his hometown of Hillsboro, after Hughes drove his truck over train tracks.

The vehicle was hit on the passenger side, and Hughes was subsequently transported to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. The UFC legend did not sustain any broken bones or internal injuries, although he’d been only slightly responsive since being stabilized.

State police are still investigating, Raimondi reports.

Hughes held the UFC welterweight title on two occasions between 2001 and 2006. He’d recently entertained a return to the Octagon after retiring in late 2011.

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Things are starting to look up for Matt Hughes.

After being hospitalized due to a collision with a moving train just over a week ago, the former UFC welterweight champion’s condition has improved, his sister, Beth Hughes Ulrici, announced Sunday on Facebook.

“Our family would like to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers for Matt,” her post read. “He is improving and continues to show us his heart and determination each day. He has a long road ahead of him and your continued thoughts and prayers will help him with the journey.”

Hughes is currently in stable condition at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill., but has only been slightly responsive despite not suffering any broken bones or internal injuries in the accident. The 43-year-old collided with a moving train while driving his pickup truck in Raymond, Ill. on June 16. According to Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting, the state police are still investigating the incident.

The Illinois native twice held the UFC welterweight strap and had recently entertained returning to the cage in what would have marked his first fight since September 2011.

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Former UFC welterweight great Matt Hughes has chimed in on the growing debate for a fighters’ union.

Hughes was one of several guests at the UFC’s Q-and-A session in Hamburg, Germany ahead of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 93. When asked to give his thoughts on a potential fighters’ union, Hughes bluntly fielded the question.

“I’m not a union fan, bottom line. I think unions started as a good thing back in the day, but they’ve turned into a monster. So I just don’t see a need for it. Fighters have a choice to fight for any organization they want. They’ve got a choice of playing baseball, basketball, football, swinging a hammer, being a lawyer, doing anything they want. But they wanted to fight.”

The Illinois native capped his dismissal by stating he didn’t enter mixed martial arts for the money, but to compete. He currently works in the UFC’s front office as vice-president of athlete development and government relations.

Hughes’ stance comes after the recent formation of the Professional Fighters Association (PFA), spearheaded by baseball agent Jeff Borris, economist Andrew Zimbalist and lawyer Lucas Middlebrook. While the PFA is not the first group to try their hand at unionizing the UFC roster, they’ve easily garnered the most mainstream attention of any thus far, as well as the endorsement of other professional sports leagues’ labor unions.

The PFA has not been officially recognized as a union.

In more than a decade of testing himself against some of the gnarliest killers the welterweight division has to offer, Georges St-Pierre fashioned one of the greatest careers in MMA history.

St-Pierre’s list of high-profile triumphs is staggering, and his losses were all violently avenged.

Despite this successful reign of terror, “Rush” still has a few regrets, and wouldn’t mind punching a DeLorean to 88 mph in order to correct his past mistakes.

“If I had to do it again, of course, there is some stuff I would change,” St-Pierre told reporters prior to weigh-ins for UFC 186. “You are never 100 percent happy with what you do. I am very critical of myself. There are some fights I didn’t like. There were training camps (that were not perfect), there were times where I wished I would have prepared myself more adequately. But, that’s how you gain experience. You can’t change the past, you can only change the future.”

Not only would St-Pierre like to erase the losses from his ledger, but he has a few wins he’d like to do-over.

“My loss to Hughes, my loss to Serra. My first fight with BJ Penn, I hated,” St-Pierre said. “My fight with Jake Shields, I hated. My fight with Diaz, I despised it, completely. My last fight with Hendricks – I was not happy with it, at all.”

The next addition to the UFC Hall of Fame is slated to be the promotion’s first welterweight champion, Pat Miletich.

Miletich’s addition was unceremoniously revealed when his induction was added to the UFC Fan Expo schedule. According to the schedule, he will be inducted Sunday, July 6, at 11:30 a.m. PT.

Considered one of the true pioneers of mixed martial arts, Miletich began fighting in 1995, amassing a record of 17-1-1 before debuting in the Octagon at UFC 16 in 1996, where he won two bouts in one night.

He would go on to win the UFC’s first 170-pound title by besting Mikey Burnett, who was a member of Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den.

Shamrock and Miletich were two of the first fighters in the U.S. to organize a strong team training concept and focus on integrating different disciplines, shedding the UFC’s original idea of style vs. style.

Miletich Fighting Systems fighters were often up against Lion’s Den competitors during those early years.

Miletich spurred on the careers of numerous other champions, from Matt Hughes to Jens Pulver, Robbie Lawler, Tim Sylvia, Jeremy Horn, and numerous others.

During his own UFC tenure, Miletich defended his belt four times before eventually losing it to Carlos Newton. He was 8-2 during his UFC bouts and finished his career at 29-7-2.

Miletich on July 6 will join the likes of Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie, Dan Severn, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, Charles “Mask” Lewis, Matt Hughes, Forrest Griffin, and Stephan Bonnar in the UFC Hall of Fame.

Of late, Miletich has moved into the broadcasting booth, and currently performs in that capacity for AXS TV.