TJ Grant Considered Retirement Due To Concussion Problems
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.13.2014
He had a long hiatus...
In an interview with The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting), TJ Grant revealed that he considered retiring during his long hiatus for concussions issues. He suffered a concussion while training for a title fight with Ben Henderson. Here are highlights:
On how he's feeling: "I'm feeling pretty good. I'm in great shape. I'm kinda just treating my body like I'm getting ready for a fight, like I'm trying to be in the best shape possible minus the sparring at this point. I'm feeling pretty good. My goals are to get back in there this fall. It's kinda beyond my control, but I think just being in this state for so long, I know my head's good, but I've been having some issues with my neck and I want to make sure I can get everything sorted out and reset my body. It's been in state for so long that I don't know if it's my brain's telling my body there's pain or there's inflammation or what. Hopefully I can get this fixed up in the next bit."
On if he considered retirement: "Yup, I did. I probably did that a lot over the winter. It just got frustrating. I just tried take it one day at a time. I love fighting. I don't know what my life would be without somehow being involved in the sport. There were just times where you have all these really negative thoughts and you're bitter and all this other stuff. I feel pretty good. It's all in the past. Still, my health comes number one and my family and all that, but fighting is definitely a huge part of my life. I definitely don't want to go out on that type of note. It's been a really different year. When I'm watching the fights, I'm a fan, too. Whether I'm potentially fighting a guy in eight weeks or just watching him on TV, I'll just sit there and enjoy the fights. I'll give my thoughts and everything like that. I just kinda try to take a step back. I can't help but be in the situation I am to look around and....I try not to be bitter. I always look at these guys that are having success. I wouldn't say I'm jealous. I just feel like I can do their job as good or better than they can. That's all I want to do. I just want the opportunity to go out there and do what I want to do. I try not to cry over spilled milk and all I can control is myself, my attitude and what I'm going to do the next day. That's really all I can do."
On who he wants to fight next: "I'd like to fight a high profile opponent. I've been out for a while. Beggars can't be choosers, but I'd love to fight a [Donald] Cerrone or I know Nate Diaz is out. Those two guys would be awesome. I know Khabib [Nurmagomedov]'s out till I think the new year. But there's a whole bunch of other guys that are worthy."