T.J. Grant Continues to Deal with Lingering Symptoms from Concussion

February 26, 2014
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TJ Grant UFC 119-004-478x270Highly ranked UFC lightweight contender T.J. Grant is carefully taking his time to return to the Octagon from a concussion, according to report on Wednesday night.

Grant (21-5) sustained his injury in the summer of 2013, just before he was to get a lightweight title shot against then-champion Benson Henderson. He has since been attempting to make a return to fighting, telling UFC Tonight that he targeted a January comeback.

Unfortunately for Grant, he is still not 100-percent healthy and continues to deal with lingering issues from the concussion, according to the report.

At this point, there is no timetable for Grant’s return and he told the FOX Sports 1 program that he will update the UFC when his health returns to full capacity.

Prior to his injury, Grant was on a tear in the 155-pound division. The Canadian had won five fights in a row in the UFC, including consecutive finishes in his last two fights. His latest performance had him earning a TKO win over former No. 1 contender Gray Maynard at UFC 160 last May.

The win over Maynard prompted UFC president Dana White to name Grant the next challenger for the lightweight crown. Just weeks out from UFC 164, where Grant would fight Henderson for the title, the challenger sustained a concussion while training. The head injury forced Grant out of the main event, allowing current champion Anthony Pettis to step in as a replacement. Pettis submitted Henderson that night in August, becoming champion.

Grant would not say whom he would like to fight upon his return, leaving that responsibility to the discretion of the organization.

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  • Kris-tyahn

    He’s basically done, b/c he sure is taking an awful long time to recover from this concussion. This cannot be his 1st concussion, if it is, then he’s in trouble. If he does return by the summer, he should fight a decent top 10 opponent, not a top 5, but a top 10 b/c he will have major ring rust & who knows what type of damage his brain can take, better off figthing someone who’s a good fight, but won’t “kill” you if they land several strikes to the face/head. I don’t think anyone will beat Pettis anyway, not even Aldo, especially at 155.

  • I would love to see him fight Josh Thompson if he ever returns. I can’t imagine who else he could fight because no matter what there are very tough fights in that division. Jim Miller, Michael Johnson and Gleison Tibau are also interesting fights for him IMO.

    • Dragon Kid

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen Gleison Tibau fight on the main card. He’s been a prelims card fighter for years.

      • This is true. He has only been stopped three times in the UFC so I figured he could be a tough fight still. While I have your attention Cigano 😉 what are your thoughts on the Reem and JDS fighting? Are you still interested in this fight with Alistair coming off two KO losses and one win? And Can Cigano beat everyone in the division except Cain?

        • Dragon Kid

          His fight with Frank didn’t impress me, he should’ve finished him when he had the chance. I still wanna fight him one day because he can’t hide forever. I believe I can beat everyone in the division. If I can beat Cain one time then I can beat everyone else one time as well 😉

  • shakejunt

    this is getting reminiscent of eddie yagin. comes out of nowhere with a huge win and then has concussion issues keeping him out for unknown amounts of time. =[ wish both of these guys luck in recovery.