Following a weekend automobile crash, Matt Grice is in a much more important fight than any he has ever seen inside the Octagon.
According to News9.com, Grice was rear-ended while sitting at a red light in Oklahoma. The UFC featherweight now finds himself in serious condition at Oklahoma University Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Currently being held in an intensive care unit, Grice is expected to undergo brain surgery on Monday, according to MMAJunkie.com. A Sunday Twitter post from Grice's friend, Daniel Rubenstein, did reveal the UFC veteran's vitals were stable, but he is still in poor health.
Grice Update: In an ICU room. Vitals stable but still in very serious condition. Docs will MRI/Catscan in AM & determine best course of plan— Daniel Rubenstein (@dannyrube) September 9, 2013
Grice last competed at UFC 157 in February. Although the 32-year-old was beaten by Dennis Bermudez on the scorecards, he earned Fight of the Night honors for his efforts. Furthermore, that contest with Bermudez is still considered by many to be one of the front-runners for Fight of the Year in 2013.
In the midst of his second stint on the UFC roster, Grice has won twice inside the Octagon, besting Leonard Garcia and Jason Black.
The Oklahoman was scheduled to fight Jeremy Larsen at UFC 166 on Oct. 19, but he is likely to be removed from that matchup now, which is obviously the least of his worries. Hopefully, Grice will be able to make a full recovery and return to the Octagon at some point down the line, though.
Stay tuned to Bleacher Report MMA for more on Grice's condition and this unfortunate story as it develops.
Sean Smith is a B/R MMA Featured Columnist. Follow him on Twitter @SeanSmithMMA.