Canada may have a second UFC champion in the near future. Nova Scotia born, TJ Grant earned his spot as the number contender in the lightweight division by knocking out Gray Maynard in the first round on Saturday night at UFC 160.
Gray Maynard was TJs biggest named opponent to date. The former 2 time lightweight challenger had beaten many of the UFCs top lightweights and only tasted defeat once in his career. His aggressive wrestling style has given many opponents problems, and his boxing skills have greatly improved through out his UFC career.
Since dropping to lightweight from the welter weight division, TJ has impressed in everyone of his bouts. He scored victories over Shane Roller, Carlo Prater, Evan Dunham and most recently knocked out Mat Wiman. With the later two wins, TJ gained a lot of attention from the UFC brass and was awarded the bout with Maynard.
Next up for TJ is champion Benson Henderson. This bout will is expected to take place later this year. Benson is a physical special with a well rounded skills and has not lost in the UFC. TJ will be sure to pressure the champ and hope to catch him with a big right hand and put Cole Harbor Nova Scotia on the map.
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