FRIDAY NEWS DIGEST 6/16: Matt Hughes injured in car-train collision, Coker aiming to booker Page vs. Daley, Mayweather-McGregor undercard

By Cole Henry, MMATorch contributor

Matt Hughes (photo credit Joe Camporeale © USA Today)

Matt Hughes injured in wreck

UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes was involved in an accident this morning. A local news station, WAND-17, reported that Hughes was traveling near his home when he crossed a train track and was struck by an oncoming train. Hughes was airlifted to an area hospital and not much else is known in the way of news. Early speculation was that the train hit the passenger side of the truck, but again not much has been confirmed outside of the accident happening.

Henry’s Analysis: Obviously, a train colliding with a vehicle is a catastrophic event, but hopefully this turns out to not be as bad as it could have been. Keep Hughes in your prayers if that’s your style; otherwise just keep him in your thoughts. He is a true legend of this sport, and a man whose contributions really cannot be measured. He is in a lot of ways responsible for me being a fan, and I’m sure that the same can be said for many other people.

UFC Fight Night 111 Weigh Ins

Main Card

Holly Holm (135) vs.  Bethe Correia (136)
Andrei Arlovski (243) vs. Marcin Tybura (242)
Dong Hyun Kim (171) vs. Colby Covington (171)
Tarec Saffiedine (170) vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (170)


Jingliang Li (170) vs. Frank Camacho (169)
Takanori Gomi (156) vs. Jon Tuck (156)
Russell Doane (135) vs. Kwan Ho Kwak (136)
Justin Scoggins (126) vs. Yuta Sasaki (125)
Ji Leon Kim (136) vs. Lucie Pudilova (134)
Cyril Asker (245) vs. Walt Harris (249)
Alex Caceres (146) vs. Rolando Dy (146)
Carls John de Tomas (131*) vs. Naoki Inoue (124)

Scott Coker says Michael Page will face Paul Daley in early 2018

After nearly brawling at a recent Bellator event, Paul Daley’s feud with Michael Page continued Twitter. If Scott Coker has his way, it seems that the two will soon have a chance to settle the score in the cage. Coker mentioned that Daley plans to take the rest of 2017 off so that he can rest and fix some injuries. He expects that the two will fight sometime in early 2018. This is a fight that’s been brewing for a while, and it will finally give us a chance to see Page against a proven fighter.

Dillon Danis wants to box Amir Khan on MayGregor undercard

This isn’t really news, but I personally find the antics of Dillon Danis to be amusing. He tweeted yesterday that he would like to box Amir Khan on the undercard of the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather headlined card. He included a hash tag, which implied that Khan has a glass jaw. Danis is either trolling here, or he is a bit delusional. Either way, while a boxing match seems unlikely, an MMA fight between the two is something I would watch. Both are highly skilled in a specific art, and both seem to think that they could do well in MMA. Khan works with India’s Super Fight League, so MMA isn’t a foreign thing to him. This is unlikely, of course, but Danis is under contract with Bellator, and they have certainly booked crazier fights…

Blast from the past

In a bit of a blast from the past, two former Pride veterans squared up last night, but only one walked away. Rameau Sokoudjou moved up to heavyweight and fought current Bellator fighter, Sergei Kharitonov, and he might just regret that decision now that it’s all said and done. Kharitonov was able to stop Sokoudjou with punches just 40 seconds into the fight, picking up his second straight win in the process. Sokoudjou falls to 18-18, and is just 2-6 in his last eight fights. He has been knocked out 13 times, and while it seems like he’s been around forever, he is still just 33 years old.

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