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TJ Grant Out of UFC 164 Title Fight Against Benson Henderson, Anthony Pettis to Replace Him Just Like He Planned All Along

(Oh, don’t act so surprised. / Photo via Getty Images)

MMAJunkie has confirmed with UFC president Dana White that lightweight contender TJ Grant has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled title fight against Benson Henderson at UFC 164 (August 31st, Milwaukee).

Replacing him will be Anthony Pettis, who was previously slated to fight for Jose Aldo’s featherweight title at UFC 163, then pulled out of that fight last month due to a knee injury, and immediately started campaigning to replace TJ Grant against Bendo, despite the fact that the injury was supposed to take Pettis out of circulation for six weeks. The MMA Gods were pleased at Showtime’s audacity, and struck Grant down with an undisclosed injury. Or maybe you’re a conspiracy theorist and you believe the UFC was planning this all along. And that’s fine. I don’t pass judgment on anybody’s beliefs.

The bottom line is, Henderson is making his next title defense against the last guy to beat him, thanks in part to a legendary highlight-reel kick that haunts Henderson to this day. Now that’s a story the UFC can sell. We’ll pass along more details when we have them.

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Uncle_Irish420- July 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm
Um....wasn't this the master plan all along?
danomite- July 13, 2013 at 9:28 am
Thank you MMA gods for smiting TJ Grant with this "Affliction" from high upon Mt. Xyience so that we may enjoy the rematch we have all been waiting for.
Fried Taco- July 13, 2013 at 9:13 am
And it's all because Anderson Silva lost. On purpose.
smellypiratehooker- July 13, 2013 at 8:20 am
Fuck you UFC! undisclosed injury... he earned that shit. And true to form, the UFC jumps in to stick it to the rightful guy and sells out to pay per view buys
teep- July 13, 2013 at 7:39 am
Finally, Pettis gets to show his stuff! I like both of these fighters. It should be a great fight!
Thumblaster- July 13, 2013 at 3:36 am
Not sure if showtimes knee wil be ready to go but he has already begun plucking and manicuring his eyebrows,hairline,and facial hair
The_Dead_Cow- July 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm
Don't act like you're not impressed.
mookiestick- July 12, 2013 at 8:29 pm
WEC neva die!