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Winner of Gray Maynard-T.J. Grant match-up will earn title-shot

TJ Grant - MMAWEEKLYUFC lightweight Gray Maynard came close to winning divisional gold on two separate occasions in 2011, rocking Frankie Edgar in both bouts but ultimately failing to seal the deal in each. Though “The Bully” has only fought a single time since the second defeat, narrowly outpointing Clay Guida last summer, the 33-year old is poised to find out if the third time is a charm so long as he can get by T.J. Grant next month at UFC 160.

According to UFC President Dana White, the winner of their May 25 match-up will score a spot opposite champ Benson Henderson in a title-fight later this year. White’s comments came at the post-fight press conference for UFC on FOX 7 where Henderson retained his belt in a closely-contested clash with Gilbert Melendez.

Maynard is 11-1-1 in his career with past wins over Edgar, Roger Huerta, Nate Diaz, and Kenny Florian. Though he packs some firepower in his fists, the bulk of Maynard’s victories have come as a result of grinding his way to a decision.

The 20-5 Grant is one of the hottest 155ers on the roster right now with a 4-0 mark since moving down from welterweight. Thirteen of his triumphs have come by way of submission.

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4 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    Don’t know how but I’ve missed everyone of TJ-Grants fights. He’s got a good record, on paper, although not much better than Pat Healy’s. The UFC marketing machine is gonna have to go into overtime promoting a Grant/Bendo match up.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Grant and Maia are on pretty much the same course. Both been with the UFC for several years, and after some mixed results decided to drop down a weight class and haven’t lost since. But yeah…neither would be an easy sell for a title fight.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    To the thumbs-down guy, I’m not suggesting Grant and Maia aren’t deserving of a title shot (I think they should each be in a #1 contender fight next, with the opportunity to get that shot)… but it’s become increasingly obvious that marketability is a huge factor in the UFC’s decision making in putting together title fights. No real fault of their own but this isn’t something that Maia or Grant have going for them.

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  • Creature says:

    Benson has shownn to has some issues with guys he cant bully around, guys who can counter his kicks with strong boxing and takedowns. And thats got Maynard written all over it. I think Maynard beats Grant, then goes on to finally get the belt by taking out Benson.

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