There's doubly good news for Matt Grice, former University of Oklahoma wrestler and UFC competitor, as his medical condition improves while the fund to help with medical expenses has grown to over $20,000, according to Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight.
Grice, who had been hospitalized after a serious car accident in Shawnee, Okla. nearly two weeks ago, has been taken off sedation medication and has begun breathing on his own.
Doctors removed Grice's cranial pressure monitor, a device used to treat severe traumatic brain injuries, on Tuesday. According to Grice's manager Daniel Rubenstein, the 32-year-old fighter has begun responding to verbal cues, displaying movement in his arms and legs and offering thumbs-up signals to his family.
Grice, 32, is a full-time Oklahoma City police officer, was off duty when his Jeep was struck from behind at a red light on Sunday, Sept. 8, and sent forward into a third vehicle.
Grice underwent emergency brain surgery that same night at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, and had been in critical condition.
A nine-year Ultimate Fighting Championships veteran, Grice, who is 15-5 overall in mixed martial arts competition, and has a 2-5 record in UFC, had been scheduled to go up against Jeremy Larsen (8-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in a Facebook-streamed preliminary-card bout at UFC 166 to be held in Houston Oct. 19, but has been taken off the card.
Prior to launching his MMA career, Grice was a four-time Oklahoma state champ for Harrah High School (1997-2000). He later enrolled at Oklahoma; however, injuries cut short his wrestling career as a Sooner.
How you can help: Friends and fans may make an online donation to the Matt Grice fund at HopeMob.org. As of Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Eastern, donations totaled $21,500.
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