With all the talks of a “super-fight” between Anthony Pettis and Jose Aldo, TJ Grant gives his two cents on the matter, and its not in agreement with the UFC.
“My opinion — I’m a fan, and I love watching UFC fights. I watch all of them, whether they’re people I’m potentially fighting or not, I enjoy it. Pettis against Aldo is an exciting fight. But, hey, I just won my last fight in two minutes. I knocked [Gray Maynard] out. I knocked the guy out before that. I feel like I’ve earned it. I feel like I’m the guy. I’ve been in the UFC a long time. I’ve never really gotten the push that I feel like I need but I’ve also built a lot of experience in fighting and haven’t been in the spotlight, which is nice too. But I’m ready to be there and I’m ready to go out there. Give me the opportunity man. I feel like I’ve earned it… Let’s go out there and do it. I’m not trying to sound like a ‘Rampage’ Jackson, but why do you need five rounds when you can sort it out in the first two or three minutes?” -MMAFighting
Grant, originally the man promised the title shot against then champ Benson Henderson, before suffering a concussion. However, even before his injury, Grant felt disrespected by Pettis as “Showtime” campaigned to replace replace in the title shot, as he was sidelined from his own title shot against Jose Aldo. As if that story line couldn’t be more complex, Pettis versus Aldo are currently on the UFC’s planner according to UFC President Dana White — as soon as Pettis heals a torn knee picked up in his title fight. The fight triangle outcome could still turn in any way, but as it stands, Grant is on the outs.