Dana White Discusses TJ Grant Missing Another Title Shot
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.19.2013
Grant had to opt out of fighting Anthony Pettis in Decemberů
UFC President Dana White discussed top UFC lightweight contender TJ Grant who has ended up having to turn down another shot at the lightweight title due to an injury during a UFC 165 media session Below are some highlights:
White on Grant needing to take his time to heal and other fighters going through similar issues to get a title shot: "It's one of those unfortunate things that can happen in a contact sport. We're not going anywhere. Kid's just got to take his time, heal up, relax and we'll see what happens. Carlos Condit went through this. Chuck Liddell went through this at one point. This happens."
White on how injuries can happen in a contact sport: "These things happen. Bad things happen like this. It's part of the sport. There's nothing you can do about it. I'm sure he's really upset about it and it's driving him crazy. Dominick Cruz did that season of 'The Ultimate Fighter' against Urijah Faber and was supposed to fight on the Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen II (card) and get a piece of pay-per-view. That kid lost his lottery ticket."
White on why Grant shouldn't rush his rehab and hurt himself: "Going in and pushing yourself and saying, 'You know what, I don't want to miss this opportunity, so I'm going to hurt myself to do it,' it's ridiculous. We're not going anywhere. The belt's going to be there. No matter who has the belt, it will be there, and we'll figure the T.J. Grant thing out when T.J. Grant is healthy."