TJ Grant once again will not be answering the bell as it was learned on Monday that he will not be challenging the newly crowned Lightweight Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis as previously reported.
Back in July, only a few short weeks removed from earning his shot at the belt against then champion Benson Henderson, Grant sustained a concussion during jiu–jitsu practice as he readied for the fight, ultimately sidelining the would be challenger all together.
Lady luck came calling a second time following Anthony Pettis’s (the man who replaced Grant) defeat of Benson Henderson as UFC President Dana White confirm that Grant was indeed still in line for what was scheduled to be his second shot at the title at UFC on FOX 9.
Obviously still feeling the side effects of his injury, Grand tweeted that he indeed had not be medically cleared to fight.
“Hey people. Quick update. Unfortunately I won’t be fighting Pettis on dec 14. I am still not yet 100% n can’t commit to fight. UFC is going with someone else instead. It sucks but it is the best for both myself and the UFC. Please don’t worry. I’ll be back and if I gotta fight Someone else to get back to where I wanna be then that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m not bitter. Thanks”
With no timetable as to when TJ Grant would be medically cleared to compete, the UFC felt that the show must go and announced that “The Punk” Josh Thompson will be filling in for him on Dec. 14 from Sleep Train Arena (formerly ARCO Arena) in Sacramento, California.