Matt Grice’s 2013 ended like he never imagined.
Grice was struck from behind by a vehicle, leaving him for dead on the road. However, showing his true fighting spirit, Grice has overcome and remains stead-fast on a return to the Octagon.
After surgery to re-attach a piece of his skull, Grice is looking to get back to work as a police officer in Oklahoma City – and fight again.
“I believe I’ll go back,” said Grice, during a recent interview on MMAjunkie.com Radio. “I don’t see any reason I can’t (fight). It’s obviously up to the doctors, because when you’re a patrol officer, things can happen.
“I don’t see any reason I can’t. I want to get back to work as soon as possible. It’s something I enjoy doing and the police department has been amazing. I just hope I can get back as soon as possible and continue my job and continue fighting.”
Grice, 32 years old, is 15-5 in his MMA career, including a 5-2 mark in his last seven. Last February, he fought Dennis Bermudez to a split decision loss in a match many considered a “Fight of the Year” candidate.
So far, Grice has yet to talk with the UFC directly, but did say, “(UFC president) Dana White contacted my wife right after and (matchmaker) Sean Shelby has been amazing. They’ve been nothing but helpful to us. It’s pretty amazing.”
Grice went 1-3 during a stint with the UFC from 2007-2009 before being released. Four straight wins on the regional tour provided him with a second chance.
In 2011, he returned to the Octagon, falling to current No. 1 contender Ricardo Lamas. He rebounded in 2012, scoring a decision victory over Leonard Garcia.
Regardless of if he fights again or not, Grice knows he is just lucky to be alive – and is treasuring that.
“I’m here with my wife and kids and I’m thankful,” he said. “I’ll get better. I have no focus on the people that hit me. Whatever. Their life is theirs and I hope they go on and do good. ”
“Mine is just getting my full recovery and being back to normal.”
Before the accident, Grice was scheduled to face Jeremy Larsen at UFC 166 in October.