It remains to be seen who’s next for TJ Grant, as he continues to recover from a serious concussion that prevented him from competing in two title fights, but if Rafael dos Anjos has his way, it will be him.
Of course, dos Anjos is coming off a unanimous decision win over Donald Cerrrone at UFC Fight Night 27 in August to extend his win streak to five. As a result of the run, which also includes wins over Kamal Shalorus, Anthony Njokuani, Mark Bocek and Evan Dunham, the 28 year-old vet now sits at #6 in the UFC’s lightweight division. So, dos Anjos could be one key win from a title shot, and evidently that’s where Grant comes in. While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, dos Anjos relayed the following:
“One more win and I should fight for the title,” dos Anjos said. “I won my last five fights. I’m in the UFC for five years, so I deserve a shot at the title after my next win.”
“T.J. had two title shots and got injured twice,” he said. “I think it’s too little for him now, I believe it would be fair if he has to do another fight first, and a fight against me makes sense. It would be a good fight, and I would be one step closer to the title.
While big Grant fans may not agree with the assessment of dos Anjos, as far as the Canadian shouldn’t get an immediate title shot when he returns, the UFC could go that route. The last time Grant fought was at UFC 160 in May, when he took out Gray Maynard, so the UFC could book him for a title shot eliminator considering he’s been sidelined for a while. Anthony Pettis is set to defend his belt versus Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 9, December 14th.
Khabib Nurmagomedov also called out Grant before and after his impressive win over Pat Healy at UFC 165 in September. When you’re the promotion’s #3 ranked lightweight that’s what happens. Hopefully Grant’s ready to go soon; there’s no doubt is next scrap will be a big win, title shot or not.
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