Canadian T.J. Grant pulls out of UFC title fight with Pettis

T.J. Grant of Cole Harbour, N.S., poses after weighing in for his fight with Evan Dunham at UFC 152...

T.J. Grant of Cole Harbour, N.S., poses after weighing in for his fight with Evan Dunham at UFC 152 in Toronto September 21, 2012. (DAVE THOMAS/QMI Agency)

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Canadian MMA fighter T.J. Grant will have to wait for his chance at the UFC lightweight title.

Again.

Grant was forced to pull out of his scheduled title fight with UFC champ Anthony Pettis after failing to overcome a concussion in time to properly prepare. The 29-year-old from Cole Harbour, N.S., announced his decision Tuesday on his Twitter account.

“Unfortunately I won’t be fighting Pettis on dec 14. I am still not yet 100% n can’t commit to fight,” Grant tweeted. “UFC is going with someone else instead. It sucks but it is the best for both myself and the UFC. Please don’t worry. Ill be back and if I gotta fight someone else to get back to where I wanna be then that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m not bitter.”

This is the second time Grant has been forced to give up a title fight due to a concussion. After knocking out Gray Maynard, he was supposed to face Pettis at UFC 160 in May but a concussion suffered in training derailed him.

Pettis will instead face Josh Thomson, the No. 5 contender in the weight class, for the title, likely Dec. 14 in Sacramento.

Pettis won the UFC title in August by submitting Benson Henderson.


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