T. J. Grant: A Viable UFC Lightweight Contender

By Jeremy Green
TJ Grant, Evan Dunham
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC‘s lightweight division has always been one of the most exciting. Fighters in this weight class always seem to be fast, nimble, and have the ability to keep up a enduring pace for 25 minutes. All of these qualities embody Ben Henderson, who is currently the champion in the heavily competitive 155-pound division.

Ever since coming down to the lightweight division from the WEC, he has beaten all who have been put in front of him. This includes Jim Miller, Frankie Edgar (twice), Nate Diaz, and Gilbert Melendez. To date, no man, save for Anthony Pettis and Rocky Johnson, has been able to figure out the Henderson riddle.

However, one man who believes he has the chance to beat Henderson in decisive fashion is T.J. Grant.

Grant, coming off the biggest win of his career, proved all the doubters wrong after knocking out Gray Maynard in the first round — something that no one has been able to do. Ever since dropping down from the welterweight division, Grant has been on a tear, knocking off contenders left and right. Now, he has the chance to become the second Canadian champion in UFC history.

Despite being quiet in terms of MMA popularity, Grant looks to be a viable challenge contender on paper. He has the knockout power, the conditioning to keep up with the relentlessness of Henderson, and has a well-versed grappling game. Couple all of this with the fact that he is a huge 155-pound fighter, and you have yourself a dynamic threat to Henderson.

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