Matt Grice: I got a job, fight for love, not money


UFC featherweight Matt Grice, who faces Dennis Bermudez at Saturday's UFC 157 card, does not need to fight to pay the bills, as he maintains a full-time job as a policeman in his home state of Oklahoma. He refers to the time after a fight and before the training begins for the next one as a "break," despite the fact that he works full time, and has a wife and children.

"I don't have to go out there four or five times a year and perform to feed my family," Grice told Damon Martin. "I have  a steady job, I have a steady paycheck.  I'm here fighting because I love it, I want to be there. I don’t have that where I have to do this. I don't have to fight somebody to go pay my bills.  I do it because I love it and I think that's an advantage. I want to be there, I want to be in the cage."

"I take six months off and it's a time for me to relax.  When I'm in training camp, it's a hard three months. I hardly see my family and it's just a grind for three months.  After I have a fight, I like to relax and spend time with my kids. I definitely see it as an advantage."

"It gets tough sometimes between me and my wife we are gone a lot when I'm working and training, and I don't get to see my kids as much as I'd like, but it's something that my kids are used to. They go to the gym with me, it's just a sacrifice.  It helps me stay grounded and on the path I need to take."

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alkysmurf site profile image  

2/26/13 7:04 PM by alkysmurf

His fight mentality made me a fan Saturday. To find out he seems pretty cool out of the cage cliches it.

Jmadd site profile image  

2/26/13 6:32 PM by Jmadd

that was a war. much respect

OGT site profile image  

2/24/13 1:35 PM by OGT

Was very happy to see they gave it to him, well deserved

GladiatorGannon site profile image  

2/23/13 9:26 PM by GladiatorGannon

He deserves FOTN.

slowdiver site profile image  

2/23/13 9:08 PM by slowdiver

I believe he really does love fighting after that. He might not need the money but he better get paid now

le site profile image  

2/22/13 7:53 PM by le


Triple_B site profile image  

2/22/13 6:45 PM by Triple_B

That's different Cella said losing wasn't that big of a deal IIRC. Matt Grice is a competitor. If his college wrestling career wasn't derailed by injuries and a bad car wreck he would have been regarded as one of America's best. He wants to be there because he is a winner, it is not for fun.

Jmadd site profile image  

2/22/13 5:14 PM by Jmadd

last time i heard a guy saying 'i have a job, i don't need this, i do it for the fight.'(not an official quote) he got KTFO. remember Cella on TUF?

GladiatorGannon site profile image  

2/22/13 5:09 PM by GladiatorGannon

Did the same thing with the same job. Love to hear stories like this.

Leghound site profile image  

2/22/13 3:26 PM by Leghound

Well played