TJ Grant: Anthony Pettis Is Low Class and Disrespectful

TJ Grant will be meeting Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in a Lightweight title scrap. Although injury threatened to pull Grant from the bout, it was not an injury that Grant had sustained. Anthony Pettis injured his knee rolling with Phil Davis and almost immediately campaigned for Grant’s crack at the LW strap.

It’s a cutthroat sport, over the years many fighters have learned that the hard way. As it stands, TJ will indeed face Henderson, but Pettis’ move hasn’t gone un-noticed by Grant. Check out this snippet from Grant’s interview with ESPN’s Gareth A. Davies:

“I wish it was handled a little differently; him of all people, I think it was disrespectful, to do that against someone who has earned the right to fight is not right.”

“Unfortunately he got hurt but it was low class, I thought. I didn’t want to get into the whole talking thing. I got here legitimately and earned it. Ultimately, what he was saying was that he wanted my title shot which was incredibly disrespectful. It was pretty dirty.”

I can understand where Grant is coming from, but this is an incredibly unpredictable sport. As much, if not more, happens outside the cage as does inside it in relation to Pro-MMA. Grant continued:

“He’s 26 years old and hes a great fighter I think he’ll be a champion one day, but this is my time right now.”

“It’s in the past now: He’s out, I’m in. It’s going to be a series of little battles in a big battle against Benson Henderson. He’s the man, and I want to beat the man and be champion. It’s what I’ve always wanted.”

With his destruction of Gray Maynard, Grant has made a statement at 155lbs. Will he be able to dominate Benson Henderson in the same manner? That is yet to be seen, but Grant has as much a chance as the next man against Bendo. He certainly has more tools in the bag than Nate Diaz did.

Fights with the champion are always going to be tough. He is so hard to finish, and has a judge-friendly style. Bad news for most potential challengers. The key is going to be hurt him early and go for the TKO stoppage, Bendo can hold a high pace throughout all five rounds. A war of attrition isn’t what Grant wants, in my opinion.



16 Comments

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    Brian Cox

    June 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I think Grant will beat Henderson.

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    KeithFarrell

    June 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    It's true. Pettis had similar situations done to him but it was because of how things turned out, not someone campaigning for a chance to steal his shot… which is what he's doing to Grant.

    Pretty disrespectful

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    TheRealDeal

    June 27, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Grant is right. Pettis is a disrespectful punk, and needs to shut his hole. He's on a short list of fighters who need to get their clock cleaned once to bring them down to reality. Guida beat you Pettis, and you are really not all that. Good thing you got injured, because Aldo would have made you look silly.

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    Evan Holober

    June 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I can understand his side, but he says he realized what Pettis has gone through and then he pretends to understand it. He doesn't. He has Pettis's shot right now. That was Anthony's fight, but he didn't wanna wait for it because he got screwed the last time that happened. Anthony only challenged Jose because he knew that his promised title shot could go away in the blink of an eye without anything done on his part. He was trying to get the shot back at 155 which was rightly his in the first place.

    Kinda dirty, I won't disagree with that. However, after what Anthony's been through I can forgive a little dirtiness and I would think the guy who is getting the shot because Anthony was dropping down in the first place would understand that.

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    SatelliteMan

    June 27, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Pettis deserves a shot, but he could have handled this much better.

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    enjoylife321

    June 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Anthony Pettis defies the current trend of UFC fighters that say "I'm happy to fight whoever the UFC puts in front of me"

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    master-pogi60

    June 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Bendo's reign of luck will come to an end against Grant! I remember 4 fights that he should have lost but Jesus is his buddy, and that scared the judges so they gave him those wins.

    1.WEC championship fight with Cerrone.
    2. 2 fights with Edgar.
    3.last fight with Gil.

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      D

      June 28, 2013 at 7:53 am

      Bendo clearly beat Edgar in the first fight. It really wasn't even close.

      The second fight with Edgar and the second fight with Gil were very close but to say he "should have lost" is a stretch. They both could have gone either way.

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        Evan Holober

        June 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm

        If Ben clearly beat Frankie in the first fight, and it wasn't close then the exact opposite can be said for Ben-Frankie 2.

        Both fights were close, but both had clear winners. Ben got very lucky to get a robbery in the second fight.

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    akieyugames

    June 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I like Grant, but I would have to say, Bendo takes this via a CLEAR AS DAY, NO QUESTIONS ASKED, ONE SIDED, controversial split decision. Don't know how that works,

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