While TJ Grant continues to recover from the serious concussion that pulled him from the biggest fight of his career to date, the well rounded vet has evidently been forced to deal with a chorus of critics and skeptics, who believe he took a pre-UFC 164 dive. All this probably hasn’t helped with the headaches.
Grant recently fired back at conspiracy theorists, who believe he was paid off by the UFC so that Henderson-Pettis II would materialize, by calling them “idiots.” While appearing on The MMA Hour today, the lightweight contender noted “I’m not scared to fight anyone”, before noting about his decision to withdraw from the bout:
“I want to do what’s best for me,” he said. “I want to fight for a long time. I want to live a long time. I want to enjoy my baby girl and all that stuff, so I thought about it a lot and talked to the UFC doctor and all the doctors here. The decision was 100 percent mine.”
The 29 year-old vet, who KO’d Gray Maynard at UFC 160 to secure a fight with the champion Benson Henderson, also revealed that he’s not guaranteed a title shot when he returns. Of course Grant is hoping to face the winner of Henderson-Pettis, but the fighter reportedly relayed that a title shot eliminator might be next. As a result, Grant could have to get past someone like Josh Thomson first, before finally getting his shot at championship gold.
Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for all your UFC 164 coverage as the event draws near. The event will be hosted by Milwaukee’s Bradley Center on August 31st.