You may think he’s taking a bribe to step aside, but UFC lightweight T.J. Grant has one thing to say to you: shut it!
Late Friday night, Grant shot down the theory that he got paid to let Anthony Pettis step in for him against 155-pound champion Benson Henderson at UFC 164.
“Sorry all you conspiracy theorists,” Grant posted on Twitter. “@danawhite / @ufc did not and could not pay me any amount of money to step aside.”
Grant said that he is in fact injured and can’t compete in time for the Aug. 31 bout in Milwaukee. The injury, he tweeted, is a concussion he sustained during Jiu-Jitsu training. And as all our BJJ readers can testify, that actually can happen from time to time.
“I am healing from a concussion I suffered in BJJ of all things,” he said. “I hope to be back training very soon.”
Henderson and Pettis first faced each other in the final WEC card in December of 2010, a match in which Pettis landed what today is called the “Showtime kick.” Pettis earned the WEC lightweight title with the win, and gave Henderson his last loss in MMA.
Now the two will meet again, in what will surely be a fun fight for MMA fans. Even the conspiracy theorists will get a kick out of it – perhaps even a “Showtime kick.”