UFC lightweight T.J. Grant quietly put together a quartet of consecutive victories after dropping down to 155 pounds but won’t be able to fly under the radar any longer based on the statement he made at UFC 160. Grant met former title-contender Gray Maynard on the PPV portion of the card and finished him off before the fight’s first frame had even reached the midway point.
The showing scored Grant a crack at champion Benson Henderson with the triumph who, as might be expected, was tuned into the action. Henderson wasted little time reacting to Grant’s performance, going on Twitter to write, “Feeling giddy…love knowing who’s next. Wowser!!! TJ Grant it is.”
No date has been attached to the bout between Grant-Henderson though August 17 at UFC on FS 1 has been rumored as a possibility.
Grant’s win improved his overall record to 21-5 and was the seventeenth stoppage of his career. Meanwhile, he has only been finished a single time and it occurred more than five years ago.
The 19-2 Henderson is unbeaten since joining the UFC, finding success against the likes of Frankie Edgar, Jim Miller, and most recently Gilbert Melendez. He also holds past wins over Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone.