UFC’s Matt Grice in intensive care

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Matt Grice continues his road to recovery after a severe car accident.
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Mike Chiappetta

Mike Chiappetta has documented the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts since 2006 for news organizations including SB Nation, NBCSports.com, FIGHT! Magazine, AOL and ESPN. He appears regularly as an analyst on countless television shows and radio programs, including CBS Radio and MMA Beat. Follow him on Twitter.


UFC featherweight Matt Grice remains in intensive care after his car was struck by another automobile while stopped at an intersection in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

According to local news reports, the accident happened on Sunday night between 5 p.m and 6 p.m. Grice, who also serves as an Oklahoma City police officer, was stopped at a red light when another driver plowed into the back of his vehicle.

While the driver of that car was treated and released, Grice was rushed to a local hospital where he had emergency brain surgery. Though swelling of his brain has subsided overnight, he remains under sedation as of Monday afternoon, family friend Daniel Rubenstein told FOX Sports.

The 32-year-old Grice is a father of two daughters.

A four-time Oklahoma state high school wrestling champion and Division I collegiate wrestler at Oklahoma, Grice (15-5) has had two separate runs in the UFC. During his current stretch, he is 1-2 as a featherweight, although his most recent bout, a split-decision loss to Dennis Bermudez in February, is considered to be one of the most exciting matches of the year, and won Fight of the Night at UFC 157.

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