TJ Grant will not get LW title shot. Thomson vs. Pettis on tap for Dec. 14 at UFC on FOX 9

September 17, 2013

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TJ Grant will not get LW title shot.  Thomson vs. Pettis on tap for Dec. 14 at UFC on FOX 9



The return of Nova Scotia’s T.J. Grant will not come as expected in December.  The Canadian, who has been out of action due to an injury will sit out and let Josh Thomson challenge Anthony Pettis for the UFC Lightweight title.

Here are the quotes:

“The main event for UFC Fight Night on FOX December 14 has been verbally agreed to as UFC lightweight world champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis will defend his title against number-five ranked contender Josh “The Punk” Thomson. Pettis recently reclaimed the belt from Benson Henderson, from whom he’d won the WEC lightweight title in 2010, via a first-round armbar that earned Submission of the Night honors. Thomson most recently earned a Knockout of the Night bonus for his highlight-reel finish of Nate Diaz. Neither Henderson nor Diaz had previously been stopped in their UFC careers.”

T.J. Grant explained via Twitter.com that he is not healthy enough to compete against the dangerous “Showtime”, he explains:

“Hey people. Quick update. Unfortunately I won’t be fighting Pettis on dec 14. I am still not yet 100% n can’t commit to fight. UFC is going with someone else instead. It sucks but it is the best for both myself and the UFC. Please don’t worry. Ill be back and if I gotta fight someone else to get back to where I wanna be then that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m not bitter. Thanks.”

Grant has seen much success in the Octagon with his last victory over the highly regarded Gray Maynard.

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