MMA fans and industry insiders will be glad to hear that UFC featherweight Matt Grice is showing some positive signs following a serious car crash recently, which required the rugged vet to undergo brain surgery.
In the latest episode of “UFC Tonight”, it was reportedly relayed that Grice has been taken off a cranial pressure monitor (which is used while treating serous brain trauma) and is also breathing on his own. The report also cited the fighter’s manager Daniel Rubenstein, who says that Grice is responding to verbal cues, and is displaying movement in his arms and legs.
Grice, who is also a police officer in Oklahoma City, was rear ended by a car while sitting at a red light on September 8th.
The 32 year-old vet hasn’t fought since UFC 157 in February, when he lost by split decision to Dennis Bermudez, in what was a thrilling scrap. The bout earned both men “Fight of the Night” honors. Prior to that Grice scored a unanimous decision victory over Leonard Garcia at a UFC on FX card last June. The experienced wrestler has gone 3-2 in his last five bouts.
Grice had been scheduled to fight Jeremy Larsen at UFC 166 on October 19th. Charles Oliveira has been booked as Grice’s replacement.
A fund has been set up to help Grice and his family and be found at Hope Mob.