Donald Matthew Grice (born July 29, 1981) is an American police officer and retired mixed martial artist. He was in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, fighting in the featherweight division before suffering a traumatic brain injury in a traffic accident in Shawnee, Oklahoma on September 8, 2013. Grice returned to his old job with the Oklahoma City Police Department in October 2014.[2][3]

Matt Grice
BornDonald Matthew Grice
(1981-07-29) July 29, 1981 (age 40)
Midwest City, Oklahoma, United States
Other namesThe Real One
ResidenceHarrah, Oklahoma, United States
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Reach70 in (180 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
TeamR-1 MMA Training Center
RankNCAA Division I Wrestling Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Years active2005–2013
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission4
By decision5
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


At Harrah High school, Grice was a 4-time Oklahoma State Wrestling Champion, winning Outstanding Wrestler 3 times, a feat which has never been accomplished by any other competitor. After his senior season, Grice was the most highly recruited wrestler in the nation at his weight. He chose the University of Oklahoma to attend college. The 2000-2001 season Grice was redshirted after suffering an elbow injury that required surgery, keeping him out of action for the season. Grice again was redshirted in the 2001-2002 season after a serious auto accident, during which he went through a windshield and required 12 surgeries. Grice graduated from Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in sociology.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

After graduating from college and giving up on his wrestling career, Grice decided to start in MMA. Grice started his professional career in 2005, winning nine straight fights between 2005 and 2007 before getting a call to compete in the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Grice made his UFC debut at UFC 70 on April 21, 2007 against Terry Etim. The card took place in Manchester, England. Grice lost the fight via submission (guillotine choke) in the first round.

He had his second UFC outing at UFC 77 on October 20, 2007 against Jason Black. Grice won the fight via split decision. After his win over Black, Grice took two years to attend and graduate from the Oklahoma City Police Department Academy where he is currently an officer.

On February 7, 2009 Grice returned to fighting to fight Matt Veach at UFC Fight Night 17 in Tampa, Florida. Grice lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Grice competed on the UFC's 100th PPV show, UFC 100, that took place July 11, 2009. He fought Shannon Gugerty and lost via first round submission. After a 1-3 record in the UFC, he was released from the promotion.

Return to the UFCEdit

After going 4-0 outside the UFC, Grice dropped to featherweight in his return fight against Ricardo Lamas on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4.[4] He lost via first round TKO to Lamas with a head kick and punches.

Grice was scheduled to face Josh Grispi on October 6, 2011 at UFC 136.[5] However, Grispi was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Nam Phan.[6] Then Grice himself was forced out with an injury and replaced by Leonard Garcia.[7][8]

Grice next faced Leonard Garcia on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3, who he defeated via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).[9]

Grice faced Dennis Bermudez on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157.[10] Grice lost to Bermudez by split decision. The back and forth action earned both fighters Fight of the Night honors and much praise from MMA observers.[11]

Grice was expected to face Jeremy Larsen on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166.[12] However, Grice was forced out of the bout after sustaining serious injuries in a September 8 car accident in his home state of Oklahoma.[13]

Championships & accomplishmentsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Matt is married and has two daughters.[14]

On April 4 Matt's home town, Harrah, Oklahoma, celebrates the annual Matt Grice Day.

Matt is active coaching today and is the head MMA coach at American Elite MMA in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
20 matches 15 wins 5 losses
By knockout 6 2
By submission 4 2
By decision 5 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 15–5 Dennis Bermudez Decision (split) UFC 157 February 23, 2013 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 15–4 Leonard Garcia Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall June 8, 2012 3 5:00 Sunrise, Florida, United States
Loss 14–4 Ricardo Lamas TKO (head kick and punches) UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry June 26, 2011 1 4:41 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 14–3 David Gardner Decision (unanimous) FCF 46 April 9, 2011 3 5:00 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Win 13–3 Thomas Schulte Submission (punches) FCF 44 September 25, 2010 1 4:31 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Win 12–3 Rocky McAnally Submission (guillotine choke) FCF 43 June 12, 2010 1 3:01 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Win 11–3 Steve Schneider Submission (punches) Bricktown Brawl 4 April 2, 2010 1 1:40 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 10–3 Shannon Gugerty Technical submission (guillotine choke) UFC 100 July 11, 2009 1 2:36 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–2 Matt Veach TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens February 7, 2009 1 4:34 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 10–1 Jason Black Decision (split) UFC 77 October 20, 2007 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 9–1 Terry Etim Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 70 April 21, 2007 1 4:38 Manchester, England
Win 9–0 Clint Kerley TKO (punches) Freestyle Cage Fighting January 20, 2007 1 1:08 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Win 8–0 Jason Anderson KO (head kick) Freestyle Cage Fighting November 4, 2006 1 0:15 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Win 7–0 Dan Marks Decision (unanimous) Extreme Wars 3: Bay Area Brawl June 3, 2006 3 5:00 Oakland, California, United States
Win 6–0 Lee King Submission Ultimate Texas Showdown 5 April 29, 2006 1 1:46 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 5–0 Joe Davis TKO (punches) ACF: Showdown at Sundown March 10, 2006 1 0:49 Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States
Win 4–0 Shervin Alavi Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Texas Showdown 4 February 25, 2006 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 3–0 Rocky Long TKO (punches) Ultimate Texas Showdown 3 November 26, 2005 1 1:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 2–0 Marco Adamballi KO (punch) XFC - Xtreme Fight Championship 4 November 5, 2005 1 N/A Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Win 1–0 Matt Grey KO (punch) EK: Extreme Fighting October 1, 2005 1 1:21 Norman, Oklahoma, United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Matt "The Real One" Grice Tapology Profile". Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "OKC Police Officer Back On Duty After Year-Long Recovery From Ca -". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06.
  3. ^ "Grice returns to job with Oklahoma City police". 2 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Featherweights Ricardo Lamas vs. Matt Grice added to UFC on Versus 4". April 14, 2011.
  5. ^ "UFC 136: Josh Grispi vs Matt Grice possible for Oct. 8 in Houston, Texas". 2011-07-14.
  6. ^ Pennick, Jamie (August 11, 2011). "Josh Grispi out of UFC 136, Nam Phan steps up to face Matt Grice in Houston". Retrieved August 11, 2011.
  7. ^ "Injured Matt Grice out, Nam Phan awaits new UFC 136 opponent". September 7, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
  8. ^ "UFC 136 Fight Card: The Rematch That Never Was, Nam Phan vs. Leonard Garcia". September 7, 2011.
  9. ^ "Leonard Garcia vs. Matt Grice set for UFC on FX 3". March 29, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  10. ^ "Matt Grice meets Dennis Bermudez at UFC 157". MMAjunkie. December 20, 2012.
  11. ^ Brian Mazique (February 24, 2013). "Matt Grice and Dennis Bermudez Put on Classic Battle". Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  12. ^ Staff (August 7, 2013). "UFC 166 Adds Featherweight Bout Between Matt Grice and Jeremy Larsen". Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  13. ^ Staff (2013-09-09). "UFC's Matt Grice hospitalized after overnight car accident". Retrieved 2013-09-09.
  14. ^ "Matt Grice-Picking the Perfect Setting to get back in the Win Column". 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2009-06-25.

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