TJ Grant may not get title shot upon return

 

Canadian lightweight TJ Grant was in training for a title shot with then champion Benson Henderson, when he suffered a concussion while grappling. Now the title has changed hands, and when Grant returns, it may not be for the title after all.

"TJ Grant's in one of those unfortunate situations where he had the title shot and he had to pull out twice," said White following UFC 166 as transcribed by MMAJunkie. "He's in limbo. He might come back and have to fight another fight. We've got to keep this thing rolling."

Gil Melendez had the fight of the night, year, and who knows how much more Saturday night, and is an obvious next contender for a shot at the lightweight title.

"It's a huge setback for T.J. Grant," White said of Melendez' performance.

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Stevius site profile image  

10/21/13 11:52 PM by Stevius

My point being: Give TJ his shot

Stevius site profile image  

10/21/13 11:46 PM by Stevius

Keep the ball rolling???What about Cruz? That division needs a champ that is able to fight. Vacate the title, have interim title fight, then cruz fights interim champ upon return.

jafar rustler site profile image  

10/21/13 11:04 PM by jafar rustler

beating diego sanchez 29-28 > ko'ing gray maynard in round 1 apparently

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

10/21/13 11:03 PM by duckhuntgangsta

Why not let Gil and TJ battle it out for a crack at gold? That would be awesome if they fought on the same card as Pettis/Thompson.

knuckleballs site profile image  

10/21/13 10:51 PM by knuckleballs

TJ KO'd Gray Fucking Maynard. Who else should he fight? Only Melendez, Bendo or Pettis is warranted. Other than that, he's being royally fucked.

Tomato Can site profile image  

10/21/13 8:18 PM by Tomato Can

Why is "current streak" all that matters? Gil barely lost to the former champ Bendo. He is the #3 LW in the world by just about any objective measure.

Bellator Fan site profile image  

10/21/13 7:59 PM by Bellator Fan

LOL at the UFC

Herman Munster site profile image  

10/21/13 7:40 PM by Herman Munster

TJ has already said he expects he'll have to win another fight to get a title shot.  Not really news to him.  In the mean time Gilbert vs Khabib for next number 1 contender.

Pitbull3744 site profile image  

10/21/13 7:39 PM by Pitbull3744

I agree I would love that fight. I really want to see pettis Thomson first

OregonChaelClosedDueToBandWagonCrash site profile image  

10/21/13 7:22 PM by OregonChaelClosedDueToBandWagonCrash

Fair enough. You can't sit on the sidelines and expect everything to be the same when you return.