TJ Grant speak out against “low class, dirty” Pettis for trying to steal Title Shot

Posted: June 27, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion, Latest news, UFC Events

TJ-GrantI was waiting for this. Top lightweight contender TJ Grant isn’t sitting back silently. When Anthony Pettis attempted to jump to the front of the line, Grant thought it was a dick move. Frankly, many fans agreed, based on the comments we received on our website and Facebook page.

“I wish it was handled a little differently,” Grant told ESPN. “Him of all people, I think it was disrespectful, to do that against someone who has earned the right to fight is not right. Unfortunately he got hurt, but it was low class, I thought. I didn’t want to get into the whole talking thing. I got here legitimately and earned it. Ultimately, what he was saying was that he wanted my title shot which was incredibly disrespectful. It was pretty dirty.”

As I said, we heard a lot of negative feedback from fans who were turned off by Pettis’ blatant attempt at shoving Grant to the side. The most telling part of the story is that the UFC didn’t really reassure Grant that Pettis wouldn’t take the spot in “Showtime’s” hometown of Milwaukee. It wasn’t until it was revealed that Pettis’ injury wouldn’t be healed in time that Grant was finally able to breathe a sigh of relief.

And that’s bush on the part of the company. When they announced that the UFC would be headed to Milwaukee, it was obvious that Pettis should have been on it. Bumping Grant—which as far as we know, could have been the plan—looks bad for everyone. I’m glad Grant stepped up to comment on it. Sometimes being the nice guy and keeping quiet is the wrong choice.

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