It has been a turbulent yet inspirational year for Matt Grice.
Following a near-fatal car crash last September, where it was believed he would not survive or would at least remain in a vegetative state, the UFC featherweight fighter is not only alive, but is now aiming to be back to work on the police force exactly one year after his accident.
The 32-year-old stopped by UFC Tonight on Wednesday to provide an update on his recovery and rehabilitation process.
"[Recovery] has actually been going good." Grice told the UFC Tonight hosts. "A lot faster than the doctors were anticipating. For me to be as far as I am, they are every impressed with that. I just want to keep getting better and be as good as I possibly can."
Grice mentioned that he suffered from a certain amount of memory loss immediately following the accident, and while he never forgot he was a UFC fighter, he admitted to forgetting his wife and kids for a short period of time.
"My first memory I actually had was waking up and not remembering that I was married or had kids. They had to bring someone in to show me pictures of my kids and make me remember."
While Grice is currently still in the rehabilitation process, he is looking forward to eventually returning to his job as a patrol officer with the Oklahoma City police department.
"[I do] a lot of rehab. I am hoping I get to go back to work in September, cause the doctors said I have to be out for at least a year after the accident. So I am looking to go right back to work when I get the opportunity."