A fund has been established for Matt Grice, former University of Oklahoma City wrestler and current UFC competitor, to assist the Oklahoma City police officer who suffered a serious head injury in a multi-car accident Sunday.
Grice, 32, who was off-duty at the time of the crash, remains hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, according to a news conference at the hospital.
Meanwhile, a donation fund has been set up to help the Grice family with medical expenses. Donations may be made online at hopemob.org, a website that describes itself as "crowdsourcing with compassion."
Grice’s Jeep was rear-ended by a van about 4 p.m. Central time Sunday while stopped at a red light, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report. Grice’s vehicle was then pushed forward into a third vehicle.
Earlier police reports indicating that Grice had not been wearing a seatbelt have been amended, as a nurse on scene had unbuckled the seatbelt to aid the injured police officer and Ultimate Fighting Championships featherweight.
Meanwhile, Daniel Rubenstein, a friend speaking on behalf of the Grice family, said that the family appreciates all the support from the community.
“Matt is a wrestler. He is stronger than a fighter,” Rubenstein said.
Grice, a four-time Oklahoma state champ for Harrah High School (1997-2000), later enrolled at Oklahoma. However, injuries cut short his wrestling career as a Sooner.
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.
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