Inspirational profile of Matt Grice recovering at six months


On September 8 of last year, Oklahoma City police officer and UFC featherweight Matt Grice was off duty idling at a red light when he was hit from behind by a distracted driver going 65 MPH. The 32-year-old underwent brain surgery that night at Oklahoma University Presbyterian Hospital. The surgery included the removal of part of his skull to relieve pressure.

A few weeks later Grice began displaying limb movement and responding to verbal cues. After being hospitalized for nearly two months, Grice returned home.

UFC president Dana White said following Grice's latest fight - a Fight of the Night winning split decision loss to Dennis Bermudez at UFC 157 in Feb - that the way to not get cut in the UFC is to fight like Grice.

Grice brought that warrior spirit to his recovery, and has been called the miracle patient by his doctors.

Before and after images from the reattachment of his skull show the dramatic improvement.

Now Oklahoma City's ABC affliliate KOCO 5 profiles Grice's improvements to date from the very, very nearly fatal accident.

"I may look normal, seem normal," said Grice. "But I'm not what I was before. I'm not even close."

"I want to get as good as I am going to get, so I can provide support for my wife and kids. Because they're my everything. Without them, there's nothing else."

Doctors say Grice needs a full year to heal before they can assess whether he will be able to return to work as a police officer. Although Grice was shadowboxing recently, he understands a return to the UFC is most likely not in his future.



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Doc_Watson site profile image  

3/26/14 11:43 PM by Doc_Watson

All the best Matt

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3/26/14 11:41 PM by letsgobois

Any donation updates?

Ryan Black site profile image  

3/26/14 11:32 AM by Ryan Black

Matt Grice and his family have been and will be in my prayers. I wish him all the best. I was involved in a car accident that changed my life forever, and I was on my way to becoming a police officer at the time. The injuries I was left with after the accident stopped me from being able to become a police officer. I sincerely hope he can continue with his career. What a warrior he truly is.

Tom O'Bedlam site profile image  

3/26/14 11:01 AM by Tom O'Bedlam

Amazing comeback, couldn't be happier to see a guy like Grice pull through.

slowandweak site profile image  

3/26/14 10:45 AM by slowandweak

That's a champion right there!

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3/26/14 10:43 AM by Sort891


punchdrunkMMA site profile image  

3/26/14 10:41 AM by punchdrunkMMA

Good guy. Nice to see him progressively recovering when it initially seemed to be such a far fetched possibility.

goeb site profile image  

3/26/14 10:28 AM by goeb

very poignant. I am not sure what else to say besides, hope for a speedy recovery. This was just extremely unfortunate, and lets hope his employer is assisting with the process as well as insurance.

CaptChaos site profile image  

3/26/14 9:28 AM by CaptChaos

Good story. Get better brother!

Sinful1 site profile image  

3/26/14 6:58 AM by Sinful1

Hit the link to donate and it says it's closed.anywhere else I can go to help out?