“Audra claims she refused to give Matt his truck keys, saying, "I told him he can't have them because he shouldn't drive due to his DAI (brain injury)."
She alleges Matt then snapped ... choked her -- and asked her for the code to his gun vault.
When Audra refused again ... she says Matt choked her again, smashed her head against the shower wall and screamed, "This is what choking is!"
Audra says nearly a year later on July 21, 2018 ... Matt told her, "I'm going to f*cking shoot you," because she took his phone, claiming, "he was communicating with multiple women."
Audra also says just a few months later, on Dec. 12, 2018 ... Matt hit her in front of her son, their daughter and her step-dad after she accused him of texting other women.
Audra filed for a restraining order the following day ... and a judge has since ordered the fighter to stay at least 500-feet away from Audra and their children.
There's more ... Matt's twin brother, Mark Hughes -- ?a retired MMA fighter who competed at UFC 28 in 2000 -- has also filed for a restraining order against the 45-year-old, alleging Matt roughed up his son and tried to destroy his tractor.
Mark says the two had a disagreement over which brother actually OWNS the tractor ... and when Matt saw Mark's 15-year-old son driving it sometime later on Sept. 23, 2018 -- he lost it on the kid.
Mark alleges Matt grabbed his son, shook him and told him that's his "f*cking tractor."
Mark also says a week later on Sept. 30, 2018 ... he believes Matt doused the tractor and its surrounding area in gasoline -- and suspects he was trying to destroy it.
Mark filed for a restraining order the next day ... which a judge granted -- ordering Matt to stay away from his brother and his family.”
More here: https://www.mmaweekly.com/matt-hughes-a ... ing-orders
Now, Matt Hughes has always been a crazy guy, and not in a good way. He was also involved in a very suspicious accident where his truck was struck by a train that looked to many like a suicide attempt. He was left with a traumatic brain injury, one that could only have exacerbated damage from a life in MMA and wrestling. Anyway, asshole or not, it's a personal tragedy which illustrates a broader context of brain injuries in sports.
Most of the folks on this board are a bit older and do lower impact forms of exercise, but this is what's potentially waiting for people who have engaged in a lifetime of full contact activities. Football, boxing, these are activities where we all understand that the brain is sustaining trauma, but there are many more which don't have that reputation but which science suggests may be just as dangerous. Here's a summary of a descriptive epidemiology study of concussions in high school sports:
https://www.medstarsportsmedicine.org/r ... ncussions/
Boys' sports accounted for 53% of athlete-exposures and 75% of all concussions. Football accounted for more than half of all concussions, and it had the highest incidence rate (0.60). Girls' soccer had the most concussions among the girls' sports and the second-highest incidence rate of all 12 sports (0.35). Concussion rate increased 4.2-fold (95% confidence interval, 3.4-5.2) over the 11 years (15.5% annual increase). In similar boys' and girls' sports (baseball/softball, basketball, and soccer), girls had roughly twice the concussion risk of boys. Concussion rate increased over time in all 12 sports.
- While boys accounted for the numerical majority, girls have double the rate of concussion per participant in sports which both sexes participate in.
- As children age, the risk increases, presumably because they become stronger and the hits come harder.
- While football was the single largest contributor among boys, soccer was number one for girls, and number two for boys.
According to another study: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concussions_in_sport
The single most dangerous sport was women's hockey (0.91 concussions per 1,000 participants) which was nearly twice the rate of men's football. In our rush for extreme sports, for excellence, for sex-parity in sport, etc. we are running the risk of a lot more Matt Hughes situations. Think, for example, about women's MMA and it's chilling. Something to think about for yourselves and your children.