There was a time when T.J. Grant was on top of the world.
The fighter was on his way to meeting then-champion Benson Henderson for the title (following a KO win over Gray Maynard in May 2013) but then an injury during his training camp sidelined Grant indefinitely. It was learned that the title-contender had suffered a concussion and hasn’t sparred since his diagnosis.
“I could fight tomorrow – I just know it wouldn’t be good for my long-term health,” Grant said. “Physically, I can do everything I need to, it’s just my brain. I want to make sure that’s OK, because it’s a lot more important than the other stuff. I know I can fight. I just want to be smart about it.”
With his title shot now in jeopardy, Grant doesn’t plan on rushing his return to the Octagon.
“There’s no timetable,” Grant said. “I can work out at high intensity, I just don’t spar and stuff like that. We’ll see what happens. I’m just doing what I can and not getting too far away from the sport. Still somehow stay involved in it, watch it and keep my body in good shape. That’s really all I can do.”
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