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.”