Grant: I've earned Pettis, give me my shot


Immediately after winning the lightweight title, Anthony Pettis called out for a superfight with Jose Aldo, however one man would like to see Pettis defend his lightweight title at least once, TJ Grant:

"I’m pretty sure Aldo is a little banged up as well right now," Grant said. "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 the [Gray Maynard] out. I knocked the guy out before that [Matt Wiman]. 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."

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Mojo514 site profile image  

9/4/13 1:00 AM by Mojo514

give the man his shot

Allen Hood site profile image  

9/2/13 6:57 PM by Allen Hood

He beats Pettis ,Thompson, Melendez in one night. Give it to him DANA!

Herman Munster site profile image  

9/2/13 6:57 PM by Herman Munster

yeah strike while the iron is hot, it's so so hot.  The fight everyone wants to see, when one of those couldn't even get more than 10k in attendance in his hometown just a couple of nights ago.  Hope Pettis is good with doing this in Brazil and wake me up if it does more than 500k ppv buys.  If this big fight were to slip though with both being young and at the perfect points of their careers than it really isn't meant to be or much of a superfight to begin with.    If mma fans didnt know who TJ Grant was before Maynard, they are a bunch of sorry ass mma fans.

Herman Munster site profile image  

9/2/13 6:47 PM by Herman Munster

  I dont need to remind anyone of anything.  People are free to read into my posts all they like.  Sure he had a good win vs Benson.  I have no problem owning anything.  MMA is more than one fight or one fighter.  Some you win some you lose.  Some you get right, some you get wrong.  As long as I'm not losing money over it, it's ho-hum... Just because he won against an opponent such as Benson Henderson, I should now change how I felt before the fight to appease you?  Just because he came away with a W vs Benson Henderson I should now concede TJ Grant has no chance against him?  I should now believe that TJ doesn't deserve the shot he earned?  Sorry the win vs Benson doesn't show me that.  I believed before this fight TJ Grant could present problems to him and I stand by that right now.  You challenged poster after poster who stated they think Grant could win to explain why?  I had no problem giving you what you were you looking for and now you go all Dr Phil on me.  Spare me that shit. Did you just start watching combat last week?  Just because you find someone a breath of fresh air doesn't mean it's going to be unaminous.  I found a 22 year old GSP a breath of fresh air in days where one dimensional fighters like Matt Hughes, Tito Ortiz, Randy, etc conquered, but not everyone agreed back then that he was a breath of fresh air.  That's combat and that's life.   Opinions on fighters are never going to be unaminous and you are never going to always understand why. To me Pettis is good, but he isn't fuckin God and he isn't any more special than countless greats who have come before him in the world of combat, be it boxing, mma, kickboxing, and I admit, I'm not a fan.  His arrogant attitude rubs me the wrong way.  Arrogance can be a turn off.  That is human nature.  Just because I refer to him as a pretty boy doesn't mean he makes me feel gay.  It means I'm just being honest that he is pretty. If that were really the issue I just wouldn't follow mma at all because it would be impossible to not feel gay and follow this sport.  It's not like my **** gets hard when I tap away at my keyboard speaking about him like you here.  You are also a complete hypocrite in talking about fighters who should be embraced because they aren't point fighters when TJ Grant is doing not but coming into bang and knock people out, and he is being far from embraced or respected by you.   I guess you only embrace the pretty boys gay boy.

dking site profile image  

9/2/13 6:38 PM by dking

Please give TJ Grant this fight! He more than deserves it and I'd love to see it

Oontyex site profile image  

9/2/13 5:59 PM by Oontyex

Mma history tells us there's too many ways sleeping on the big fight can result in it slipping through.Can't think of many times where taking the extra fight has been a positive.Strikeforce trying to build up fedor in their tournament instead of just having him fight for the title against ubereem means that fight will be in history's 'what ifs' Pettis only fought for the title now because he took the extra fight, had an off night, and needed to rebuild. Strike while the iron is hot, make the fight everyone is excited about. We've been pumped to see aldo try for the lw belt and be the first to hold two simultaneously. Pettis v aldo had incredible excitement fur the fw title - and that falling through to me was the biggest disappointment do far. Tj has done well and is a fantastic fighter, but I wouldn't mind seeing him fight a few more lw big names before his shot anyway - most people had never even heard of him before the Maynard fight.

FixedPartialArts site profile image  

9/2/13 5:47 PM by FixedPartialArts

Remind me and everyone else what you were saying about Pettis before the Bendo fight. I could go snip those quotes and make you look like the fool that you are. Instead of owning it, you're choosing to make it worse by ignoring what you stated and acting like it's I and others who have the skewed perspective on Pettis. I'm just responding to many misconceptions that people like you with a skewed perspective write, and trying to figure out why their perspective is so skewed, because I'm genuinely curious. You kind of gave me a window into one of the possible reasons why. You were quick to play the masculinity card merely for liking a fighter much more than someone like you who has proven to have a skewed perspective does. Just about everything I say keeps proving to be right on Pettis, you not so much. So maybe you're one of those fans who dislike Pettis because he makes you feel gay. A common reason why some people admit to dislike him is because he's a pretty boy, so they commonly root against him, and think he'll be smashed. As if that's a valid reason to dislike and not have much belief in a talented, exciting fighter. He's a breath of fresh air in a sport that's heavily populated by point fighters these days. One would think he'd be more embraced as a breath of fresh air by purported fans of the sport.

UGCTT_Shope site profile image  

9/2/13 5:38 PM by UGCTT_Shope

I'm probably the only one that wants this over the Aldo fight right now.

Herman Munster site profile image  

9/2/13 5:13 PM by Herman Munster

  Who are you to talk about discrediting fighters.?  You go off on anyone who thinks your God Anthony Pettis may lose to TJ Grant.  You want to talk about discrediting Pettis, but talk about TJ like he is a no one, disrespect his skills and his performances inside the octagon.  You speak about Grant like he hasn't been tested as much as any LW in the UFC, including Pettis.  TJ is 5-0 at LW.  Anthony was 3-1 going into his title shot.  TJ has been further battle tested against the likes of DHK, Johny Hendriks, Ricardo Almeida, Ryo Chonan.  No one has stopped him inside the octagon and there is very good reason for that.  Before you whine about Pettis being discredited because someone dares to believe Anthony Pettis can be beaten by TJ Grant you should learn some respect yourself. As for how TJ can be a tough fight for Pettis, I'd be happy to explain it to you.  I read your earlier analysis on TJ's skills and have to say I think it was complete trash.  I think you grossly under estimate Grant's skills and what he brings inside the octagon and the problems he can present.  Firstly, he is a very big, strong and durable LW.  Next, he has a pressuring come forward style that is exactly what is needed to deal with Pettis.  Pettis on the feet is showing himself  to be at his most dangerous when he has time to throw kicks on the outside.  We aren't seeing Pettis out box anyone.  We aren't seeing Pettis in dog fights.  We aren't really seeing what he can do outside of take out opponents (all weaker than Grant) on the feet from some kicks, but yet I must concede every advantage on the feet to Pettis?   Let me tell you something else - you'd be a fool to make the mistake of under estimating Grant in the clinch because Pettis handled an entirely different style of clinch in Benson Henderson.  I have no problems flat out telling you that TJ Grant has the best Muay Thai clinch in the UFC LW division, yes a better Muay Thai clinch than Anthony Pettis, and if he locks up with Pettis on the inside, it's not going to be knees to the thigh and whatever else Benson was trying to do, it's going to be all about working for knees and elbows to mess up that pretty boy face real good. On the ground TJ has all the skills needed to handle Pettis.   In summary.  I'll break it down like this.  If this was a straight boxing match I'd pick TJ to win.  If this was a straight Thai fight (not American kickboxing) I'd pick TJ to win via superior Muay Thai clinch.  If this was a straight grappling contest, I'd again favour Grant.  Ways for Grant to win are to use his size, pressuring style, take away Anthony's kicking game, make it a Boxing and Muay Thai clinch match, and go from there.  Ways for Pettis to win.  Keep it on the outside.  Stay out of the clinch, hope to break TJ down from the outside and either take him out quick or wear him out and then take him out.  In conclusion, while I see many advantages I believe are in TJ's favour, I still consider Pettis as the favorite, and believe he could be better at being able to dictate his strengths than TJ may be able to dictate his, and that could be the difference.  Pettis in most people's minds wins easy....but yet you still aren't emotionally stable enough to handle a few posters believing Grant can win.  Get something straight.  Pettis barely did 10k attendance in his own backyard.  Who knows if he did more than 250k ppv buys.  He nor Aldo are ready for this superfight.  At this rate it'd be lucky to do 500k PPV buys while Floyd and Canelo end up shitting all over those numbers and embarrassing the shit out of the UFC's golden superfight.  Anthony needs to do himself and the UFC a favour and actually make himself a real draw and a fight with TJ if it turns out to be a dog fight or a one sided dominating win, it will only help Pettis to becoming an actual much bigger draw....and as for you....well you just need to get over yourself a little.  If Anthony Pettis has a long reign as Champion, you will find yourself as one of his groupies getting upset quite a bit if this is what gets to you princess.

FixedPartialArts site profile image  

9/2/13 3:36 PM by FixedPartialArts

How about you expound as to why, so I actually have something to respond to.In the interim, I will say I know that many fighters have been sniping at Pettis unprovoked since he entered the UFC, probably out of jealousy and being threatened by him, and this is the most fighter centric forum on the web, so naturally a lot of posters are going to snipe at Pettis and try and discredit him because they are sheep and suck ups. On Sherdog, Pettis has plenty of haters and believers, but this website is grossly disproportionate for it. There was a poll on there about who would win between Pettis and Henderson, and Pettis won 271 to 211. I can't find the exact poll numbers here because the search system is so much worse, but I recall Bendo winning it decisively.