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UFC fighter Matt Grice to have brain surgery after car accident

September 09, 2013|By Lance Pugmire
  • Matt Grice is scheduled to have brain surgery.
Matt Grice is scheduled to have brain surgery. (UFC )

Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight fighter Matt Grice was scheduled to undergo brain surgery Monday in Oklahoma after his vehicle was reportedly struck from behind at a stoplight in a Sunday night car crash.

Grice, 32, is an Oklahoma City police officer, but was reportedly off duty at the time of the crash. He was transported to Oklahoma University Presbyterian Hospital, and was in intensive care.

Grice (15-5) last fought in Anaheim in February, losing to Dennis Bermudez in a split decision.

A standout former high school wrestler in Oklahoma, Grice had an Oct. 19 UFC fight scheduled in Houston against Phoenix’s Jeremy Larsen (8-4) on the undercard of the UFC’s heavyweight-title main event fight between champion Cain Velasquez and former champion Junior Dos Santos.

UFC released the following statement:

"The UFCsends 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."

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