Matt Grice in critical condition following rear end collision
Oklahoma City police officer and UFC featherweight Matt Grice is in critical condition Sunday night.
Officer Grice was off duty when he was hit from behind at a red light in Pottawatomie County, OK. The 32-year-old underwent brain surgery Sunday night at Oklahoma University Presbyterian Hospital. He is currently in the ICU.
The Twitter account of his friend Daniel Rubenstein has some news:
•Hes out of surgery. Was told his pupils are small which means there is brain activity. Wont know more til Tomorrow AM.
•In an ICU room. Vitals stable but still in very serious condition. Docs will MRI/Catscan in AM & determine best course of plan
•Matt is still sedated. Pupils reacting to light. Another catscan planned for tonight sometime. Matt’s wife went home to be with their girls.
•Matt has 2 girls
MMA sportswriter for the National Lampoon and Oklahoma native Bryan O’Rourke offered some further details on the UG:
•He’s in rough shape. They won’t be able to do a CT until the swelling is down. He has insurance through the OKC PD and his UFC policy also covers car accidents. He’s in a medically induced coma to help with the swelling. Thank you to everyone sending well wishes and prayers.
•Matt is showing more brain activity this AM by moving his eyes and dilation.
The Oklahoman provided further details on the accident:
Matt Grice, 32, suffered a head injury about 4 p.m. Sunday when the Jeep he was driving was struck by a van, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
Grice, who was off duty, was stopped at a red light at U.S. 177 at 45th Street in Shawnee when he was hit from behind, according to the patrol report.
Michael Monroe, 53, of Oklahoma City, said he was distracted by a passenger when he hit the Jeep, the report states.
Grice’s Jeep hit another Jeep stopped at the red light. That driver, Christopher Seward, 23, of Sparks, was not injured. His passenger, Keely Seward, 21, of Sparks, was treated for a neck injury at a Shawnee hospital and released, the patrol reports.
Monroe was not injured. A passenger in his van, Mason Seale, 8, of Bethany, was taken to OU Medical Center and admitted in good condition with a head injury, the patrol reports. Another passenger, Keandre Bruener, 11, of Oklahoma City, was not injured.
Grice is a highly respected both for his profession and for his exciting fighting style. 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, who had been scheduled to fight Jeremy Larsen at UFC 166 on October 19, is now in the most important fight of his life. May his enormous strength and courage once again carry him through.