Matt Grice, former University of Oklahoma wrestler, will be unable to compete at UFC 166 because of serious injuries from a car accident in Oklahoma on Sunday, various mixed martial arts websites reported Tuesday.
Grice, 32, who competes at featherweight for Ultimate Fighting Championships, was scheduled to compete at UFC 166 in Houston on Oct. 19. Grice, who is 15-5 overall in mixed martial arts competiton, and has a 2-5 record in UFC, was to go up against Jeremy Larsen (8-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in a Facebook-streamed preliminary-card bout to be held at Toyota Center.
A five-year veteran of the Oklahoma City police force, Grice was off-duty when his Jeep was struck from behind in a multiple-vehicle accident in Shawnee, Okla. at approximately 4 p.m. Central time Sunday. The impact from the first collision sent his vehicle forward into another Jeep.
“Officer Grice was transported to an Oklahoma City hospital, where his status is currently listed as confidential. The Grice family has asked for privacy as they deal with this sudden and unfortunate situation,” according to a statement from Oklahoma City police, which also said the accident left Grice in critical condition with head injuries.
Grice's friend, Daniel Rubenstein, provided this update on Twitter Monday night: "Matt is still sedated. Pupils reacting to light. Another CAT scan planned for tonight sometime. Matt's wife went home to be with their girls."
The UFC issued a statement, saying, “The UFC sends its thoughts and prayers to featherweight Matt Grice, who was involved in a serious auto accident over the weekend in his native Oklahoma that required surgery. Grice is currently in the intensive care unit and more details on his condition will be posted as they are received."
An Oklahoma native, Grice was a four-time Oklahoma high school state champ at Harrah High School from 1997-2000, in three different weight classes, from 132 to 152 pounds. He was also named Outstanding Wrestler at the state tournament three times. The highly recruited wrestler chose University of Oklahoma, but his mat career was sidelined by injuries, first, an elbow injury that required surgery during the 2000-2001 season, then by a car accident the following season.
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