No Timetable Set for Return of UFC Lightweight TJ Grant
UFC lightweight TJ Grant, recently spoke about how his recovery process is going, after sustaining a concussion during grappling training, in the summer of 2013. Although he feels healthy, he’s not ready to set an official timetable for his return to the UFC’s Octagon.
Speaking to MMA Junkie, here’s what Grant had to say about the situation:
“It’s definitely difficult. The whole year’s been difficult. Being a professional fighter, you need to be at another level and I’m optimistic going forward that I’ll get better.
I could fight tomorrow – I just know it wouldn’t be good for my long-term health. Physically, I can do everything I need to, it’s just my brain. I want to make sure that’s OK, because it’s a lot more important than the other stuff. I know I can fight. I just want to be smart about it.
There’s no timetable. I can work out at high intensity, I just don’t spar and stuff like that. We’ll see what happens. I’m just doing what I can and not getting too far away from the sport. Still somehow stay involved in it, watch it and keep my body in good shape. That’s really all I can do.”
TJ Grant is 8-3 in his UFC career. However, he originally fought at welterweight when he came into the UFC, but moved to the lightweight division in October of 2011, and has been undefeated since, going on an impressive 5-fight winning streak.
Prior to his injury, Grant was on the verge of fighting for the UFC lightweight title, against Benson Henderson, who was the champion at the time. The title fight was supposed to take place at UFC 164, on August 31st, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
When Grant was forced out of the fight, former WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, stepped in as a replacement, and captured the UFC lightweight title from Henderson, the second time Pettis had taken a belt from Henderson in their pro MMA career’s.
The UFC then targeted TJ Grant to face Anthony Pettis for the lightweight title at UFC on FOX 9, back in December of 2013. However, Grant revealed that he was yet to be medically cleared from concussion symptoms and would not be ready to fight on that date.