TJ Grant wants to fight a healthy Pettis and deserves next title shot

September 2, 2013

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TJ Grant wants to fight a healthy Pettis and deserves next title shot



With Anthony Pettis’ huge submission victory over now former champion Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, the question now remains will Canadian TJ Grant be given the title opportunity that he deserves?

Grant was originally forced out of his title opportunity against Benson Henderson due to an injury.  Pettis stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam this past weekend, becoming the new UFC lightweight champ, something many say he should thank Grant for.

Grant is on his way to recovering from a concussion and looks towards the future with a title shot.  Grant speaks on the entire situation below:

“I’m pretty sure Aldo is a little banged up as well right now. 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.”

“If it’s an ACL or something like that, that’s nine months to a year. I’d probably be looking to fight. I’ve been hearing my name a lot. Josh Thomson obviously wants to fight me, and you can’t fault the guy for that. And you know what? That’s another guy I’d like to fight because he’s exciting and he brings it. We’ll see what happens with Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez, too. I’ve been a big fan of Gilbert’s for a long time. He’s been fighting since before I ever got in the UFC. Those guys all come to fight. But Pettis is the guy I want. I feel like I’ve earned my position. If he’s going to be on the shelf for a while, and I’ve got to fight somebody, it would be those other two guys.

“Again, I’m not specifically calling them out. I want a healthy Pettis, and I want a healthy me, and I want us to get in there and do battle.”

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