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TJ Grant will finally get his crack at the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Dana White, the president of the UFC made the official announcement recently that Grant will get his long awaited crack at the title against the newly crowned champion of the 155 lbs division Anthony Pettis in his next outing in the UFC Octagon.
White also mentioned that the UFC never seriously considered a super fight between Pettis and the reigning UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo because Grant was always going to be the next fight for Pettis. However, the UFC are yet to reveal when the match between Grant and Pettis after the latter underwent an MRI scan on his left knee to ascertain the level of damage he underwent but the reports have not been made available as yet and it is very difficult to figure out a timeline regarding the probable return of Pettis to the Octagon.
Pettis admitted that he thought he might even have injured his knee even before he went on to submit Benson Henderson last week in a match for the UFC Lightweight Championship back in his hometown at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Canadian was scheduled to take on Henderson before Pettis at UFC 164 but Grant had to stand down from the fight after he suffered a concussion while training ahead of the fight and Pettis stepped in his position and took the title from Henderson. Grant currently boasts of a record of 5-0 in the division since he dropped down to the 155 lbs category a couple of years back.
And speaking after the match was announced, Grant stated that he didn’t expect the match to be given to him so soon but he is extremely happy about and will work hard to get the title.
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Many have fought under the UFC banner in the middleweight division, and Michael Bisping is a name to remember. He is a mixed martial artist who hails from England. He has won the Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship, and even The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight Tournament. He is currently ranked at number six in the middleweight wrestling category in the world, and he is the fourth best, when it comes to official UFC rankings.
Now, Michael Bisping is one of the best middleweight fighters around at the moment, and here are a few reasons why any other fighter in this division would love to take him on in the ring. His real break came when he knocked out Josh Haynes at The Ultimate Fighter way back in 2006. He has a very polarizing demeanour, and his skills inside the ring are unparalleled. So, it is no surprise when other fighters in the same category all want to face off against him in the octagon. At the moment, he is recovering from eye surgery, but many hopeful fighters such as Costa Philippou, Rich Franklin, Cung Le and Luke Rockhold are hoping to get a shot at him.
It seems that Cung Le has a huge chance of facing off against him in the ring after Michael Bisping returns from recovering eye surgery. Both the fighters have their own individual unique set of skills, and are more than deserving of each other. So it will definitely be a fight to remember. But Le stated in an interview that it is really in the hands of the UFC officials to schedule this fight, and he is hopeful of the fact that this match is going to drive the fans crazy, and it will indeed be a big fight of his career.
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