Last night, between Darren Elkins’ epic comeback win over Michael Johnson, and Kamaru Usman’s domination of Emil Meek, MMA legend Matt Hughes returned to the limelight after his truck collided with a train in a near-fatal accident, and walked out to the Octagon once again. It was as emotional a moment as we get in the wild world of fighting.
— UFC (@ufc) January 15, 2018
Here’s how the MMA community reacted to it:
— Jimmie Rivera (@JimmieRivera135) January 15, 2018
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) January 15, 2018
I’m in tears @ufc. What a true fighter…. wow
— Nina Ansaroff (@NinaAnsaroff) January 15, 2018
I’m not crying… You’re crying…
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) January 15, 2018
what a beautiful moment Welcome back Matt @ufc 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 15, 2018
Incredible & inspiring. Great to see Matt Hughes back https://t.co/SkKCsWNFeL
— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) January 15, 2018
Wow just watched Matt Hughes walkout. That was outstanding! Huge respect to one of the greats!
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) January 15, 2018
WOW!!!!!!! THIS IS AMAZING….. GOT ME TEARY EYED AND MY WIFE CRYING. BEAUTIFUL. GOD BLESS YOU MATT HUGHES. #Godisgood
— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) January 15, 2018
Beautiful thing seeing Matt Hughes at the @ufc in St Louis. He has gone through so much and has stayed strong. Love ya brother
— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) January 15, 2018
— Andre Soukhamthath (@AndreSoukMMA) January 15, 2018
Country boy can survive!! MATT HUGHES!!
— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) January 15, 2018
What do you think of Matt Hughes’ emotional return to the cage?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/15/2018.