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Dana White Announces Winner Of Gray Maynard vs TJ Grant Is Next For Ben Henderson

Only minutes after successfully defending his lightweight belt at UFC on Fox 7, champ Ben Henderson was informed that his next opponent will be the winner of UFC 160’s Gray Maynard vs TJ Grant bout.

UFC President Dana White announced the news at the post-fight press conference to nix any ideas of an immediate rematch between Henderson and Gilbert Melendez. Although Melendez put up arguably Ben Henderson’s toughest title defense to date, he will have to work his way back into title contention after losing a split decision.

Gray Maynard (11-1-1) is no stranger to title fights, or title eliminators for that matter. Besting Kenny Florian in a lightweight title eliminator bout in August set him up with two consecutive title bouts with then-champ Frankie Edgar. The first bout was a Fight Of The Year draw, which led to a second fight that ended in a fourth round knockout loss.

Maynard rebounded from his loss to Edgar with a five round split decision win over top contender Clay Guida in June of 2012. His May 25 fight against TJ Grant will be his first in nearly a year.

TJ Grant (20-5) is on a 4 fight win streak since debuting in the UFC’s lightweight division, beating the likes of Matt Wiman, Evan Dunham, Carlo Prater, and Shane Roller. He originally fought at welterweight, posting a mediocre 3-3 record while competing in the promotion.

UFC 160 takes place on May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event features a UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva.

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9 Comments to Dana White Announces Winner Of Gray Maynard vs TJ Grant Is Next For Ben Henderson

  1. nick john says:

    How is Gray Maynard fighting for a title shot, last time he fought was in June of last year.

  2. Ddddddd says:

    I don’t really care as long as they beat the shit,literally beat the shit out of Henderson.

  3. YoMama says:

    Judges blow. Milendez won that fight.

  4. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    Let’s see how Gray handles Grant. I’m not sure he can beat Bendo.

  5. 123 says:

    Id like to see Ben Henderson fight Gilbert Melendez again or Josh Thomson.. Ross Pearson will be a contender soon if he beats a few wrestlers.

  6. confucius says:

    rematch isnt happening and thank god dana was smart enough to kill that possibility immediately. gray dont deserve a shot, hes has one boring ass win over guida since he got KO by edgar. I like ben, but wish he would finish more fights or at least win a bit more decisively. he hasnt really taken it to anybody cept for diaz & miller.

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