Despite conspiracy theroies, Grant not guaranteed title shot on return

Monday, July 15, 2013

Injuries suck, especially when your the number one contender. Despite having earned a title shot at Benson Henderson, TJ Grant is not guaranteed his status after he had to pull out of the fight due to an injury:

“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.”

And so, he pulled out. 

To the conspiracy theorists, Grant would like them to know that he wouldn’t sell out for anything. And besides, he wasn’t even guaranteed a title shot by matchmaker Joe Silva upon withdrawing. Sure, Grant hopes to fight the winner of Henderson-Pettis, but the only thing Silva told him is that if he has to take a step back, it will only be one, minor step; in other words, another likely title eliminator. 

Either way is fine with him. Of course he would prefer to fight for the belt, but right now, his health takes precedence. He thinks November would be about the ideal return date, giving him enough time to recover and then train. Grant is hoping to start some light exercise this week and then work slowly into things.

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