TJ Grant pulled from Title bout (again) — Josh Thomson steps in

Posted: September 17, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion, Latest news
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joshthomsonOne man’s misfortune is another man’s gain. Top lightweight contender, T.J. Grant has just been pulled from his December 14 title fight with new champion Anthony Pettis. This is the second time Grant has lost the opportunity to fight for the belt. In Grant’s place steps Josh Thomson.

“The Punk” is 1-0 in the UFC—an impressive knockout win over Nate Diaz in April—but is just 2-2 since December of 2010. The former Strikeforce champion will now slide into the UFC on Fox 9 event in Sacramento.

For Grant, we’ve seen this before. He was supposed to face then-champion Benson Henderson at UFC 164. Of course we know that an injury forced him out, leaving the opening for Pettis, who captured the championship. Having already earned the #1 spot, Grant was the natural choice for Pettis’ first title defense, but he revealed he wouldn’t be ready.

Rather than trash the fight completely, the UFC wisely found a replacement. Thomson seems to be a good choice. There are a surprisingly low number of top names coming off wins in the division.

Pat  Healy would be on a 2-fight winning streak if it wasn’t for failing his marijuana test and having a big win over Jim Miller overturned. Rafael Dos Anjos is on a 5 fight winning streak. Including a big win over Donald Cerrone, but it looks like the UFC wants him to win once more. Lastly, Gilbert Melendez could have made sense. He’s currently booked in an exciting affair with Diego Sanchez next month at UFC 166.

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