Following a 3-3 run in the UFC welterweight division, Canadian
will move down the scale to meet Oklahoman Shane
at lightweight this October.
UFC officials announced Saturday that Grant (Pictured) and Roller
have verbally agreed to square off at UFC
Live 6, an event expected to take place Oct. 1 at Verizon
Center in Washington, D.C.
It is currently unknown whether the bout will be part of the show’s
Versus-televised main card, which will be headlined by a UFC
bantamweight title clash between champion Dominick
Cruz and top contender Demetrious
Grant, 27, has alternated wins and losses since his April 2009 UFC
debut, a narrow decision win over Japanese veteran Ryo Chonan.
The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, native has subsequently been
outpointed by Dong Hyun
Hendricks and, most recently, Ricardo
Almeida. Five of Grant’s six Octagon outings have gone the
distance; prior to entering the UFC, he had seen the judges’
scorecards only once in 15 bouts.
In June, illness forced Grant from his matchup with Charlie
Brenneman at UFC
Live 4 on just four days’ notice. His bout with Roller will
mark Grant’s debut at 155 pounds.
A three time Division I All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State
University, 32-year-old Roller posted a 6-2 record in World Extreme
Cagefighting before transferring to the UFC in March. After
debuting with a stunning knockout of highly regarded Brazilian
Tavares, the Team Takedown product was himself knocked cold by
Guillard at July 2’s UFC 132. Roller has finished nine of his
10 wins by submission or knockout, but has been stopped in all four
of his career losses.
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