Benson Henderson vs. T.J. Grant title fight possible for UFC on FOX Sports 1 1


tj-grant-10.jpgLAS VEGAS – T.J. Grant officially will get the next shot at Benson Henderson‘s UFC lightweight title, and the fight could headline the organization’s debut event on FOX Sports 1.

Grant stamped his ticket to the title fight at Saturday’s UFC 160 event, where he knocked out and upset former title challenger Gray Maynard (12-1-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) on the pay-per-view main card at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Grant plans to get married in October and wants the title fight to happen before then. UFC President Dana White said that’s quite possible since Henderson (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) vs. Grant (21-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) is a realistic possibility for UFC on FOX Sports 1 1, which takes place Aug. 17 at TD Garden in Boston.

“There are four fights we’re looking at right now for that show, and that’s one of them,” White said.

He declined to the reveal the other possibilities, though as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently reported, the event also will feature heavyweights Alistair Overeem (36-12 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Travis Browne (14-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) in a non-headliner. The event is expected to feature a deep lineup as the UFC officially marks the move of its events from FX and FUEL TV to the soon-to-debut FOX Sports 1.

Although the UFC has billed fights as title eliminators only to rescind the title shots afterward, White said he saw everything he needed from Grant at UFC 160. While once a run-of-the-mill welterweight with a 3-3 UFC record, Grant has reinvented himself at lightweight and picked up five straight wins over the likes of Evan Dunham, Matt Wiman and Maynard.

White said Maynard, specifically, got a wakeup call.

“You notice when that fight started, Gray Maynard was not respecting him at all,” White said. “He was walking right into him throwing bombs at him and ended up getting caught.

“For T.J. to knock him out the way he did, he earned it tonight. He just turned it on and has been wrecking everybody, literally wrecking everybody.”

For complete coverage of UFC 160, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of MMAjunkie.com. And for the latest on UFC on FOX Sports 1 1, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: T.J. Grant)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

  • 11 days ago
  • 11 views

(Video courtesy of FOX Sports | May not be available in all locations) Watch the video highlights from the UFC Fight Night 59 bout pitting Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson. SEE ALSO: More UFC Bost read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 9 views

LAS VEGAS – With top bantamweight contenders Dominick Cruz and Raphael Assuncao both sidelined with injuries, it appears T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao is likely the next UFC title fight at 135 pound read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 34 views

UFC 182: "Jones vs Cormier" complete recap of Saturday night's (Jan. 3, 2015) FOX Sports 1 (FS1) “Prelims” mixed martial arts (MMA) action that featured four bouts spanning three divisions. Who won, read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 views

Sorry, Ireland. Conor McGregor earned his fifth straight win under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner by obliterating Dennis Siver in the main event of UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston, Mass read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 78 views

UFC on FOX 14 is officially in the books (complete wrap up here), and now it's time to turn our attention to the upcoming UFC 183: "Silva vs. Diaz" pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place this Sa read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 8 views

LAS VEGAS -- Myles Jury talks about his UFC 182 fight against Donald Cerrone, why a win over Cerrone should warrant a title shot, how he relaxes after his fights, his relationship with his sports psy read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

LAS VEGAS – Someone’s apparently feeling nice and relaxed before his big fight tonight.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 88 views

LAS VEGAS – It wasn’t easy, but Jon Jones got the job done and defended his UFC light-heavyweight title with a unanimous-decision victory over Daniel Cormier.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 40 views

LAS VEGAS – Myles Jury still has a promising future, but as he learned against Donald Cerrone, he still has some work to do before he’s ready to challenge the division’s elite.Filed under: News, UFC, read news >>