HALIFAX - Local lightweight TJ Grant may not be on the line-up card for UFC Fight Night, but despite being injured, heâs 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.
âThis is a massive thing to happen to Atlantic Canada,â 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.
âIâm just thankful that itâs happening,â he said. âIâm looking forward to the show; itâs going to be awesome.â
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 wasnât medically cleared.
âItâs definitely been a challenging year for me, but you know, Iâm near the end of it and Iâm looking forward to resuming my career soon,â he said. âI hope to be ready to fight this fall.â
Despite his optimism, itâs unlikely Grant will be added to the upcoming UFC Fight Night line-up.
âI know the cardâs already booked up,â he said after the presser had wrapped up, admitting âitâs difficultâ not to participate in the big event being held in his own backyard.
âIâm just focusing on getting better,â Grant said, adding heâs still staying away from sparring but is âpretty close to training at high intensity.â
âIâm happy for the fans in Halifax that are going to get to see a great night of fights,â he said. âIâm going to be there to enjoy it myself.â