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Ben Henderson vs. T.J. Grant Possible for UFC on FOX Sports 1:1, “Smooth” Still Trying to Figure Out Who Exactly Grant Is


(“Wake up. Wake up. Wake up, sleepies. We must go, yeeees, we must go at once.” Photo courtesy of Getty Images.)

As I so eloquently predicted, the unstoppable lightweight force that is T.J. Grant was able to successfully upset the heavily-favored Gray Maynard via a hellstorm of punches and knees at UFC 160 last weekend (conversely, I would like to apologize to George Roop, who shed his “puffed up crow’s cock” moniker with an impressive TKO of Brian Bowles earlier in the evening). It was so impressive a performance that Dana White actually made good on his promise to grant T.J. the next lightweight title shot, despite the fact that next to no one — including Ben Henderson himself — really knows who Grant is.

During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, “Smooth” admitted that, prior to Grant’s victory over Maynard, he had no idea who the Canadian was and in fact was already preparing for a future fight with Maynard:

I am a little bit surprised. I think most people had Gray winning. Most people picked Gray to win and not only did T.J. prove everyone wrong, but in the manner and in the fashion that he did it, pretty impressive performance for him. I did (think Maynard was going to win). I thought Gray was going to be the next guy I faced. I was already kind of preparing for that and now I got a new guy to prepare for. I don’t know a whole lot about T.J. to be honest.

I know he’s 5-0 at 155 now, he used to be a 170 pounder. From what I’ve seen of him, from the promos and highlights and stuff, he doesn’t seem too flashy. He’s one of those guys, a grinder, good fundamentals and solid. It is going to be my job to learn about him the next month or so to get ready for him. 

As for the event that could possibly hold this sure-to-be slugfest? White suggested at the UFC 160 post-fight press conference that the organization was looking to book Henderson vs. Grant for the highly-anticipated UFC on Fox Sports 1:1 card, which goes down from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on August 17th.

Already featuring a trio of barnburners in Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne, Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson, and Matt Brown vs. Thiago Alves, UFC on Fox Sports 1 1 is well on its way to becoming the best television card the UFC has ever done. So start crossing your fingers, ritualistically sacrificing teenagers, or doing whatever you can to ensure that the injury gods are appeased for the next few months.

-J. Jones

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algiersheadkick504- May 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm
Its like all these guys coming off injurys or layoffs already..should be no excuses
smellypiratehooker- May 28, 2013 at 10:53 am
You're not the only one to pic correctly Danga(mind you it was in broken English). But I have to admit, they're so few guys in the UFC that hail from my stomping grounds, that it might have had something to do with that. Nah, fuck it. I knew he had that shit in the bag.
Viva Hate- May 28, 2013 at 10:52 am
Helll I am so pumped for this card I even like the shitty UFC on Fox Sports 1:1 name! I may even tat it on me! With a goddamn check mark next to it to signifying I was goddamn there! I've been walking the streets grabbing people by the damn color screaming ARE YOU READY FOR UFC ON FOX SPORTS 1:1!!!! WELL ARE YOU!?!?!?!?!?!? YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The12ozCurls- May 28, 2013 at 10:28 am
@Viva

I do not believe you have made your feelings known about the FS1:1 event. I am unclear about your sentiment and need further explanation/clarification. Thank you.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- May 28, 2013 at 10:25 am
Oops that should be *Second to* last paragraph.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- May 28, 2013 at 10:24 am
Correction: last paragraph I assume you meant Grant vs. Henderson for FS 1:1, not Grant vs. Maynard (again).
Viva Hate- May 28, 2013 at 10:19 am
Have I mentioned yet how excited I am for this card in Boston? Have I? Dammit ANSWER ME! HAVE I!?!?!?
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