T.J. Grant missed his first title shot opportunity last month due to a lingering concussion injury he sustained during training. His absence allowed Anthony Pettis to step in, defeating former champ Benson Henderson in dominant fashion, and becoming the new lightweight titleholder.
Luckily for Grant though, UFC president Dana White isn’t counting him out, and acknowledges that an opportunity to challenge the current champion will be available once Grant recovers.
“The kid’s just got to take his time, heal up, and relax and we’ll see what happens,” White said at a recent media scrum. “The belt’s going to be there no matter who has the belt. It will be there and we’ll figure the T.J. Grant thing out when T.J. Grant gets healthy.”
“It’s one of those unfortunate things that can happen in a contact sport. We’re not going anywhere,” White added.
Who Grant will be facing is the real question, as Pettis will defend his newly claimed title for the first time against Josh Thomson at December’s UFC on FOX 9.