OKLAHOMA CITY- An Oklahoma City police officer and well known MMA fighter continues to fight for his life.
Five-year police veteran and featherweight fighter with the UFC, Matt Grice, suffered critical injuries following a car crash in Shawnee on Sunday.
It’s still too early to know whether he’ll survive.
Daniel Rubenstein, Grice’s manager and friend, said, “It’s not the first time he’s been in an accident or had surgery, so hopefully he’ll pull through this. He’s a strong kid.”
Rubenstien says Grice attended OU as a wrestler but only after a separate car accident left Grice in need of surgery more than a decade ago.
“I was getting ready to go to OU when I got in a car accident. The first three years of college I had eight surgeries,” said Matt Grice in 2009.
Capt. Dexter Nelson, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said, “Matt’s been well-loved by police officers. He is very, very well-liked.”
Grice has had to undergo brain surgery after investigators say a distracted driver slammed into his Jeep while Grice sat at a red light off duty in Shawnee.
Originally, reports by OHP claimed Grice was not wearing his seat belt.
After further investigation, it appears he had been buckled in.
On Grice’s Facebook page, some photos show an intimidating fighter, others a loving family man.
Friends say his wife and kids always took priority.
“We’d be at an event and he’d be on the first plane back to be with his wife and kids,” said Rubenstein. “They were the most important thing to him.”
Grice had been scheduled to fight again in October.
That obviously won’t happen. Doctors say it appears his medical progress has been minimal at this point.
A fundraiser has been set up to assist Matt Grice. You can get information on that fundraiser here.