Dana White Wants To Keep Things Rolling At 155, T.J. Grant May...

Dana White Wants To Keep Things Rolling At 155, T.J. Grant May Have Lost His Title Shot


Of all the outcomes to flow from UFC 166 in Houston this past Saturday night, one of the more regrettable ones may fall upon Canadian fighter T. J. Grant.

As we know, Grant was set to fight for the title not once, but twice this year. However, he was a forced scratch both times due to medical issues revolving around a concussion he sustained, while training.

Now it seems that Grant’s title shot train may have left the station, as UFC President Dana White made note on Saturday.

As it stands, there is no word as to when Grant will be able to return to the Octagon and coming off the tremendous fight and victory that Gilbert Melendez had over Diego Sanchez on the weekend, White seems to be leaning towards an Anthony Pettis / Gilbert Melendez fight that can be definitively scheduled, as opposed to Pettis / Grant fight that cannot.

To that end, White has stated that Grant “might” have to take another fight; as he stated:

“T.J. Grant’s in one of those unfortunate situations where he had the title shot and he had to pull out twice. He’s in limbo. He might come back and have to fight another fight. We’ve got to keep this thing rolling.”

Although it is, as White said unfortunate that Grant could find himself sans a title shot he earned, it’s nonetheless understandable that White would want to put Melendez in the ring with Pettis.

It’ll be a big fight and a big draw; certainly bigger than a championship bout featuring the relatively unknown T.J. Grant.

It capitalizes on a mind numbing fight that the fans loved and places its victor in the Octagon for a title shot, as its reward.

Also, it’s a tip of the cap to Gilbert Melendez for his title fight with Benson Henderson; a bout that many thought he won, as opposed to lost. As Henderson subsequently fell to Pettis a mere four months later and replaced him as champion, there is legitimate cause to give Melendez another kick at the can.

Concluding, Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez is a fight that has too many positives going for it to not happen and if T.J. Grant’s promised title shot is standing in the way of that train then it’s apt to be set aside.

Grant should not be shocked if he’s paired with either Rafael dos Anjos or Khabib Nurmagomedov, upon his return.

Of course, all of this is predicated on the fact that Josh Thomson doesn’t shock the world on December 14th at UFC on FOX 9, and defeat Anthony Pettis.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IGMBurninPiff IGMBurninPiff

    Not really surprised at this news for a few reasons. I am surprised because I didn't realize Grant was still unaware of when he could return… I assumed since he'd be cleared soon him vs Gil could make sense to make the winner ready around the time of the winner from Pettis vs Thompson. Either way Gil is a bigger name than Grant so it's no surprise he's rushed to the top of the list. Especially after his last fight Dana White wants to do it while it's still fresh in the minds

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/51JD51 51JD51

    That was an awesome fight but realistically, Gilbert just beat a guy not ranked in the top 10 and lost a (very close) title fight directly before it. I don't see this one win justifying another title shot. Match him up with Nurmagomedov or Dos Anjos and if he wins that then give him another chance at the belt.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

      Yep, I thought Gilbert and Diego put on the best fight ever but having the best fight does not mean the best contender. Should Forrest have been given a title shot after fighting Bonnar? NO doubt I want to see this fight happen so if it does I won't complain but it seems funny to throw it together that fast. Mind you he did do very well against Henderson who although lost quickly to Pettis is a formidable challenger to the new champ.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/akieyugames akieyugames

        Agree a hundred and one percent.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/nimbleweed nimbleweed

    It's unfortunate for TJ Grant but sometimes momentum is a big factor and the long layoff could have put him at a disadvantage against the No1 LW in the world… If TJ really is championship material he will win his return fight and go into the title fight with a recent 'W' and minus the rust and full of the confidence needed to win a world title.

    Happy with most fights made at the top of the LW pile recently, all have the potential to entertain and many have the potential to throw the winner into/ back into title contention.

    I think we'll see both Meledez and TJ Grant fighting for gold in 2014.