Grice responding to verbal cues

Last week,


Sports reported the tragic news of UFC featherweight Matt Grice

having been involved in an automobile accident which sent him to an

Oklahoma intensive care unit where he underwent emergency brain

surgery. The swelling of his brain had since subsided, but Grice

remained under sedation, family friend and manager Daniel

Rubenstein told FOX Sports.

On Wednesday night’s edition of


Tonight‘s “Inside The Octagon”, insider Ariel Helwani reported

a hopeful update on Grice’s condition. Rubenstein confirmed with

Helwani today that Grice has officially been taken off his sedation

medication and is breathing on his own after removing the cranial

pressure monitor from his head, and is now responding to verbal


Helwani’s full UFC Tonight report is above, along with

additional UFC updates including newly announced Ultimate Fighter

18 Finale headliners, Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez.

To contribute to the Matt Grice Donation Fund and help the

full-time police officer and nine-year UFC veteran recover, visit


target="_blank"> page, which has already raised over

$20,000 in donations.