Ten weeks after getting rear-ended while at a stoplight in Pottawatomie County, Okla., Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight Matt Grice is now home with his family.
Grice was initially listed to be in critical condition following emergency surgery to ease brain swelling.
But, thanks to his perseverance and warrior spirit, little by little, Grice managed to pull through. In fact, he's even shocked his doctors at how fast he is recovering. So much so that his therapists have already branded him a "walking miracle."
Grice himself was even well enough to provide the latest update on his health on a recent appearance on "The MMA Hour:"
"I feel pretty good. I still have the brain injury and stuff, so it's a little different, a longer road. But, physically, I feel okay. My balance is a little off still with the brain injury. But, other than that, I feel pretty good. I was in the hospital for two months and I got to come home a week and half ago to do outpatient rehab. I do rehab in the day and at night I get to go home to my family, it's awesome."
According to Grice, the driver wrecked into him while driving 65 miles per hour, failing to even tap the brakes. The individual claimed to have been distracted by one his grandchildren who was in the car with him.
Thankfully, none of the children -- or anyone else involved in the accident beside Grice for that matter -- were seriously injured in the collision.
As far as his future fight career, Grice -- who holds a full-time job as a police officer when not in the cage -- claims doctors haven't necessarily ruled it out. For now, he faces an uphill battle to get back to full speed (part of his right skull was removed during the surgery).
Nevertheless, Grice admits that he is "blessed" to be alive and will have another surgery in Dec. 2013 to have some of his skull returned to its original location.
That's perhaps the understatement of the 2013 mixed martial arts (MMA) season. And amazing news that's undoubtedly music to the ears of his family, friends and UFC fans.