HALIFAX - Local lightweight TJ Grant may not be on the line-up card for UFC Fight Night, but despite being injured, he‚Äôs thrilled to see the mixed martial arts event come to his home province.
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Lightweight UFC contender T.J. Grant of Cole Harbour.
‚ÄúThis is a massive thing to happen to Atlantic Canada,‚ÄĚ the 30-year-old Cole Harbour fighter said Tuesday at a press conference inside the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame, held to pump up the mixed martial arts event coming Oct. 4 to the Halifax Metro Centre.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm just thankful that it‚Äôs happening,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm looking forward to the show; it‚Äôs going to be awesome.‚ÄĚ
Grant is still recovering from a serious concussion, suffered last season during a training session.
After five straight wins, Grant was supposed to fight former champion Benson Henderson for a shot at the title last August, but was pulled from the bout due to his condition. A December 2013 fight against current champion Anthony Pettis was also cancelled because he wasn‚Äôt medically cleared.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs definitely been a challenging year for me, but you know, I‚Äôm near the end of it and I‚Äôm looking forward to resuming my career soon,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI hope to be ready to fight this fall.‚ÄĚ
Despite his optimism, it‚Äôs unlikely Grant will be added to the upcoming UFC Fight Night line-up.
‚ÄúI know the card‚Äôs already booked up,‚ÄĚ he said after the presser had wrapped up, admitting ‚Äúit‚Äôs difficult‚ÄĚ not to participate in the big event being held in his own backyard.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm just focusing on getting better,‚ÄĚ Grant said, adding he‚Äôs still staying away from sparring but is ‚Äúpretty close to training at high intensity.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI‚Äôm happy for the fans in Halifax that are going to get to see a great night of fights,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm going to be there to enjoy it myself.‚ÄĚ