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

Friday, February 22, 2013

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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