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T.J. Grant, the Forgotten Title Challenger.

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by Substance Abuse, Sep 17, 2021.

  1. Substance Abuse n00b moderator Staff Member Forum Moderator

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    Earlier this week, I was on Fight Pass looking for fights I haven't seen in a long, long time. Watching random bouts and typing in random fighter names in the search bar, I ended up on T.J. Grant vs. Gray Maynard.

    The synopsis of the fight stated that it was a title eliminator. I knew this at the time. I probably knew this last year. After a few beers that night, I did not. I fired up the fight. Wow. Grant looked amazing. I fired up the fights on his win streak, and he looked just as good.

    I then went down the rabbit hole on Google because I think I have issues with enjoying MMA far too much and came upon a free article from the Athletic about T.J. and it compelled me to post this thread.

    Suredawg is constantly brimming with hate for fighters win or lose. We're such a passionate and particular bunch of an esoteric, odd part of the sports world, but boy do we love this sport.

    I couldn't help but feel horrible for T.J.

    I enjoyed those fights at the time. He was a very good fighter. Dreams deferred. Hopes dashed. If you're ever interested in the yesteryear of MMA and talent that should've, but never culminated in greatness due to misfortune, this is it.




    https://www.google.com/amp/s/theathletic.com/1749445/2020/04/15/whatever-happened-to-ufc-contender-tj-grant/?amp
     
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  2. Reign009 Not sure if serious.

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    What could have been... We'll never know.

    I just wish him well now. Last I heard, he was a miner.
     
  3. Reign009 Not sure if serious.

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    What came from this was Pettis's run. Winning the title in his hometown against old rival Bendo and looking like the next big thing during his reign. He was even on a box of Wheaties and everything.
     
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  4. CerebralKnievel Gold Belt

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    "Forgotten."


    There is a post asking about this guy every other week. Get over it.
     
  5. Substance Abuse n00b moderator Staff Member Forum Moderator

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    They even tried to make Pettis/Grant.
     
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  6. Substance Abuse n00b moderator Staff Member Forum Moderator

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    What am I supposed to be getting over here?
     
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    If youre just judging fighters by their best he has a strong case for 3rd best Canadian fighter ever behind GSP and Rory,

    Ppl forget how close he fought Johny Hendricks @ WW too. Prolly shouldve been a draw and he lost a point for a kick to the nuts
     
  8. Substance Abuse n00b moderator Staff Member Forum Moderator

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    I actually watched that fight. Johnny was about to go on an epic run and T.J. did well in that fight and proved his toughness. I had Grant winning the first and possibly the second, that third round though... doh.
     
  9. Reign009 Not sure if serious.

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    Yup, it's weird how things work out. Grant's missed opportunity changed Pettis's life. I don't know who was around at the time but man, Pettis had big star potential. This was before some Irish lunatic came along and (like it or not) really eclipsed almost everyone.

    Very sad for Grant though.
     
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  10. werkdahgastankfools Banned Banned

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    Ok now someone do Chris Holdsworth
     
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  11. jsbx45 Black Belt

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    I think this poster is trying to say he isn't forgotten.
     
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  12. Substance Abuse n00b moderator Staff Member Forum Moderator

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    I think he's trying to be difficult, but he's definitely entitled to his opinion.
     
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  13. Kertol Brown Belt

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    I haven’t forgotten about him. I was always waiting for him to make his comeback but he never came back to fight again. He was talented could of been champ
     
  14. SuperNerd Season Mode.

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  15. Substance Abuse n00b moderator Staff Member Forum Moderator

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    Fair enough. I guess I was wrong with the title.

    I'm just trying to work something different into this sub forum lol.
     
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    Wiman has taken some brutal punishment. Ouch.
     
  17. OverhandRightKayo Green Belt

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    Show grant starching Maynard.

    Show it small cocks. Show it.
     
  18. jsbx45 Black Belt

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    On Sherdog? Say it isn't so. You know we snark first and then *maybe* settle in to reasonable discussion. Its wonderful when it happens - kinda (kinda) like guys respecting each other after they get in a scrap - but mostly its gang warfare in here. You're a great poster. Good luck as a Mod.
     
  19. SithJiuJitsu Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    He would have won the title, whooped everyone up until he uppercuts Khabib’s panic wrestling and then rides off in the sunset.
    The timeline has been ruined, so many things have happened that weren’t supposed to. Trumps Presidency, which caused them to get the last Andre no chrome supply to make Biden seem sentient still, COVID, Conor’s leg break, Khabib winning the “title” against #13 Al Aiquinta and Anakin losing to Kenobi.
     
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