Matt Grice injury update: UFC featherweight 'might be able to pull through and get his life back'

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He's not out of the woods just yet, but there may be a clearing ahead.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and Oklahoma City police officer, Matt Grice, is finally getting some good news following his near-fatal car accident last month Pottawatomie County, and may even "get his life back" following brain surgery.

UFC President Dana White shares a recent update (via MMA Fighting):

"His wife sent me a text telling me that he's getting better. First they were talking about real bad things could happen. Then it was like, he might never walk again and he might never work again. Now the doctors are very positive. The whole tone has changed. He's got a lot of work ahead of him, a lot of hard work ahead of him, but it's looking like he might be able to pull through and get his life back."

Grice was in a medically-induced coma after getting rear-ended at a stoplight, which in turn caused his Jeep to collide with other vehicles stopped at the intersection. While no one else at the scene was seriously injured, the former collegiate wrestling champion was not wearing his seatbelt and as a result, found himself hospitalized in critical condition.

He was recently taken off medication and has since responded to verbal cues.

"The Real One" was in line to fight Jeremy Larsen at the upcoming UFC 166: "Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3" pay-per-view (PPV) event on Oct. 19, 2013, in Houston, Texas, but that mixed martial arts (MMA) match was re-booked to feature Larsen vs. Andre Fili (not Charles Oliveira).

For additional details on Grice's car crash and subsequent medical treatment click here.


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