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EXCLUSIVE | (Part 1) TJ Grant Talks Win Over Maynard and How He’s “Incredibly Motivated” for Title Fight with Benson Henderson | BJPenn.com Radio

By JAKE CHASTAIN

| This week on BJPenn.com Radio our boys George and Pedro welcomed on newly-named number one UFC lightweight contender, TJ Grant. Grant, who is fresh off of the heels of his knock-out performance over Gray Maynard, is now officially set to face UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC 164 on August 31st. TJ has been a long-time guest and favorite here at BJPenn.com and his time shared with us to discuss his fight over Maynard and his upcoming title shot with Henderson is greatly appreciated. Grant spoke on several topics ranging from his win over Gray two weeks ago, his upcoming fight with Benson, his training camp heading into the title fight at the end of summer, and what he’s going to bring to Henderson in that title fight. Here are some of the highlights from Grant’s interview on BJPenn.com Radio:

First, Mr. Grant spoke about his win over Maynard and how different he felt now that he has won himself a shot at the coveted UFC lightweight strap:

“It’s taking a little while to sink in but definitely it’s a good feeling. I’ve been putting a lot of work in, just grinding away. You know, quietly doing my thing and now I’m starting to really make some noise and this is where I want to be.”

Grant also talked about the long road he’s taken to get to this point in his career. After the stretch of fighting seven years inside the UFC Grant now finds himself gaining the recognition he’s always deserved and he felt the need to thank BJPenn.com for always following him, supporting him, and what being in this position means to him now:

“It’s been a long one, man, but you guys have supported me, you know, when no one really knew who I was and it’s been a long road man, but that means a lot. I definitely never got discouraged or anything. I felt fortunate to fight as much as I did in the UFC and really climb the radar because, you know, I’ve had the right fights at the right times in my life and  here I am man, I’m in a good spot and I couldn’t really ask for anymore.”

Grant then spoke about his #1 contender fight with Maynard two weeks ago, how he felt going into that fight and how he made knocking Gray out look, well, kind of simple:

“I felt confident in myself going into the fight but I was prepared to go in there and be put through the grinder and take a beating if I had to in order to win and, you know, sometimes you do everything right and things fall into place for you and you can have a performance like that. But, you know, you fight Gray Maynard ten times and it’s not going to be the same outcome every time. The guy is a warrior and I was just glad to go out there and be able to do what I prepared to do. And, obviously, the plan early on in the fight was not to stand in front of him and feel his power. It wasn’t until about a minute in that I kind of said, ‘oh, I’m supposed to be moving right now. Not going out there and pulling a Clay Guida but I’m trying to keep the pressure, exchange with him, but be constantly moving.’ And then once I found my rhythm after about a minute I felt like I was able to start to throw my combinations or whatever and get off a little bit.”

TJ, who will try to derail Henderson’s title run at the end of the summer, also talked briefly about how, even though his win over Maynard was overly impressive, his job is not done and how every fighter is only as good as his next fight:

“This job, man, you go right back into it. Everybody forgets about what you did and it’s on to proving yourself again. Every time you’re out there you’re auditioning.”

He also discussed how much things change with gaining a title fight as far as interviews, countdown shows, and just the publicity in general, explaining that he’ll try to keep things as normal as possible and continue to do the important things the right way even with all the extra attention and build-up:

“I’ll keep doing interviews with guys like you, I guess. I don’t mind doing interviews and, uh, I’m sure it’s going to get crazy but at the same time this is where I want to be in life and uh, you just have to try to manage it your best and make sure it doesn’t interfere with your rest time. And just make sure you get good sleep and stuff like that and then I can do whatever I do after that. It’s really important though as a fighter to get your rest and stuff like that but I’m not going to complain about that stuff, you know? I want to fight, I want to win, I want to make money, I want to become the champion, all these things and that’s just something that comes along with it.”

And although there are several added bonuses that come along with being a title contender, such as fame and money, Grant explained that he remains focused on what’s important heading into UFC 164:

“I don’t even think about that stuff. I don’t think about anything other than just fighting. I don’t think about how much money I’m going to make or anything like that. It’s about going to war.”

“I’m incredibly motivated. To me it’s such an honor to fight for the belt and everything else. But I’ll tell you when I’m out there fighting, like, I know it’s hard to say that but, I don’t really think of anything but winning.”

Grant then talked about Henderson’s strengths and what he’s going to have to be prepared for heading into his title fight with The Champion:

“I think it’s just going to be important to be on-point everywhere. I mean, this guy (Henderson) can wrestle with anybody, he’s a black-belt in jiu-jitsu now, and um, his striking is on-point and his athleticism and being a southpaw, you have to worry about all of those things. It sounds like a lot of fighters I’ve ever fought and I’m just looking forward to getting out there and preparing for this fight.”

You can listen to the entire interview on BJPenn.com Radio by clicking here and for all of your latest exclusive interviews, news and UFC 164 updates be sure to stay posted to BJPenn.com

-Jake Chastain

@jchastain45

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38 Comments to EXCLUSIVE | (Part 1) TJ Grant Talks Win Over Maynard and How He’s “Incredibly Motivated” for Title Fight with Benson Henderson | BJPenn.com Radio

  1. Brad Lawrence says:

    its been a long road since the very first ECC event but its finally time to get the recognition that you so rightfully deserve and on a sidenote of confidence …TJ BEAT THE LAST GUY TO LEGIMATELY BEAT ANDERSON IN HIS FIRST UFC FIGHT..
    BRING THE BELT HOME TO NOVA SCOTIA TJ …
    BJL

  2. 757 says:

    The Stanley Cup stays in america again this year. That’s good that the canadians (small case letters because they are the other north america) have something to cheer about..I hope he doesn’t grease up like the other guy.

    • Sasquatch says:

      Typical arrogant american comment… no wonder you guys put Canadian flags on your packs when you travel around the world. If you didn’t you probably wouldn’t make it back to what you think is the centre of the universe.. the usa.

  3. 757 says:

    No wonder when it all goes down you pussies hide behind us like in every conflict in history there ever was. Anytime you want to start backing the other side go ahead……you guys don’t contribute shit anyway. You like to live in a free society but couldn’t fight your way out of a paper bag….I was content to keep the friendly jousting to the sports realm but now since you took it there why don’t you fags get involved instead of hiding behind us…Blackhawks v.s. Bruins another year without the second softer and gentler north America in it…pussies

    • Sasquatch says:

      Learn some history delusional retard… Yeah you guys are so brave bombing innocent women and children with your remote controlled airplanes, all for your precious black gold.. I don’t even watch hockey. LOL

  4. 757 says:

    One other sasscratch or whatever you fucked up name is. You assholes love coming to America to make that fucking money in your sports. There is enough of you in the states banking that cash. I say take your snobby anti American asses and get the fuck out and go eat snow or ice fish or whatever the fuck you guys do….ha ha

    • Sasquatch says:

      Apparently you forgot about WW2 my narrow minded retard friend.. I’ll tell you what we do up here, shoot retarded delusional critters.. you should come up and check it out!

  5. 757 says:

    You pussies couldn’t fight your way out of anything. You are a perfect example of that. If we kill all these innocent woman and children then sign up and go fight for the other side. That’s right that’s what I thought…keep hiding that’s what you country is good for. ***** ass mother fuckers making money of somebody else. Your fucking country can’t do anything on their own because it’s filled with lazy assholes like you….good thing you don’t watch hockey because you would be watching the US play your sport better than you. Watch MMA that’s the last thing you have …besides yellow snow ha ha

    • Sasquatch says:

      Sounds like I’m dealing with a teenager who got kicked out of history class and sh!t kicked by a Canadian… or maybe raped by one.

  6. 757 says:

    Neither asshole …raped by one???well that say’s it all. It’s confirmed you all are fags or animal fuckers….way to go assquatch great admission…ha ha …fuck up

  7. 757 says:

    That made no sense…..your are done wipe yourself and move on ha ha you are weak. Your comebacks suck and now you aren’t even making sense. I guess it makes you proud of your country to say that you are all rapists, or just fucking drunk shit kickers ha ha what a clown …save yourself and quit. Go Canada!!! ha ha

    • Sasquatch says:

      Makes no sense because you’re uneducated and in denial. Counselling will help you get over the trauma of having a train ran up your fat @ss shit kid. You more then likely enjoyed it though.. to each there own I guess, whatever floats your homo boat.

  8. 757 says:

    Who needs counseling…ha ha what a goof. You are the one completely fascinated by raping and ramming things up peoples asses…oh yeah and shit. Long look in the mirror buddy, well that’s just a saying because your ugly low self esteem ass can’t take a long look ha ha. Keep raping and ramming you gay mother fucker ha ha what a loser!!! You call me a homo. Between the two of us your the only one saying come to canada and raped and now saying things about ramming things up peoples asses. Great canadian product you are ha ha way to represent LOOOOOOSER

  9. 757 says:

    Hey assquatch did you watch the stanley cup finals last night….you know canada’s #1 sport? Of course not because it was all American teams playing in it and the playoffs for like the last month you idiot. You sorry fags up there can’t even do that anymore. Maybe ass ramming and raping is your #1 canada fag sport….ha ha that’s why you post about it all the time. What a joke you are. Yeah your real educated. Try again dickhead. Ha ha ha fucking assquatch go change screen name little girl

    • Sasquatch says:

      LMAO!!… Like I said previously, TOO EASY.. I got two retard rants out of you that time! You should check out how many Canadian players are on those teams, then you might realize just how uneducated and retarded you really are shit kid.

  10. 757 says:

    First nobody is ranting just stating facts about what you said…Second I actually watch hockey stupid unlike yourself (which you admitted) and realize how many canadian players play on various teams. Unfortunately for you the Americans now dominate your “so called” sport. The American cities and teams have dominated your sport for along time now…do some reading dummy. As far as being uneducated ha ha go back and read your comments you can’t even spell. The bottom line still is that you brag about your country banging people in the ass, and you seem to be the front man and chief representative of that ha ha loooooser. Talk about rants with all your rape and ass banging talk ha ha what a dickhead

    • Sasquatch says:

      First off you are ranting because I’ve got under your skin and you’re mad.. Secondly I’ve never bragged about my country rapping you just suggested that some Canadian may have kicked the sh!t out of your shorts or pulled them down and had their way with you.. Thirdly you do seem uneducated and possibly a kid because of your grammar and constant swearing.. Lastly you’re right I don’t watch hockey, I play it retard.. been playing it since I was 7 years old.. and you’re wrong about Americans dominating the sport, we still do, just in your country which is nothing to be bragging about. TOO EASY

  11. 757 says:

    First of all dummy your grammar is terrible. You know you proof read your last comment several times before posting it. Actually you never got under my skin stupid. I have been laughing at your dumb ass this whole time. It’s been entertaining to see some worthless piece of shit spend the time to keep commenting trying to retaliate …you are hilarious. More importantly your country doesn’t dominate the sport. Just because you are from canada doesn’t mean that you play hockey. Between the two of us I know I’m the one who played. You don’t watch because you don’t know anything about it. Finally don’t get upset because I called you names and insulted you and your territory (that’s all it is because you don’t ever stand for anything). You did talk about raping people and shoving things in the asses of people ..I didn’t . The most hilarious part of your comment is the part about being uneducated and grammar etc. YOU MISSPELLED RAPING!!!!YOU CALLED IT RAPPING HA HA HA ….OK ICE T Hey dork you lose.

    • Sasquatch says:

      You’re so f**king stupid and mad you don’t even realize the jokes on you… have a look above and tell me who’s put the effort into responding with your ranting gibberish paragraphs.Your right it has been entertaining, I could sling sh!t at you all day and you just keep eating it up shit kid! LMFAO!!

    • Sasquatch says:

      I know your mad that’s why I’m :). Can’t wait to read your next retard rant shit kid!

  12. 757 says:

    Rant? you don’t even make sense. You are the one ranting here. The moment I mentioned that you are an ass pirate by you own admission, and slammed your sorry pussified country you started on the stupid reply. Oh yeah when I said you are the low self esteem fat belly guy with skinny arms and a hairy back that keeps changing names you really got pissed. So pissed that you called me uneducated and misspelled raping in the process. All I went on to say is that you didn’t even spell correctly the word raping ha ha ha while you were blasting my intelligence. BTW canada really doesn’t take s stance on anything that’s why no other countries bother with you….Nobody else cares about you or wants anything you country has. What a joke you have to be kidding nobody could be as ignorant as you on everything your talking about in your comments on purpose. What a goof….no what a funny guy you are really…….Last again you contradict your self. You called me a little kid because of swearing. Let’s see now you have used shit, retard, fucking raping (you said rapping, wow what a dummy) what else. C’mon guy you are looking really bad.

    • Sasquatch says:

      Haha!… Wow you truly are retarded, I can’t beleive you took the bait again!.. you wrote a long rant that time shit kid! TOO EASY :)

  13. 757 says:

    Just quit guy. Your canadian. You guys don’t fight for anything so quitting is expected for you:)

  14. 757 says:

    Hey where did you go Ice T (assquatch) ? Did you quit like the rest of your entire **** ry? Ha Ha boo hoo you little *****…….just like I tought

  15. 757 says:

    Thought not tought^^^my bad. I almost sounded like I was from canada and can’t spell like that little ***** sasquatch. Where you at bro shaving your back aye. :)

  16. 757 says:

    :) IT’S OFFICIAL YOU LOSE! Keep them coming shit kid, retard, ocd….wow you got your ass kicked. Thanks for hanging in as long as you did. For a canadian that was pretty good.

    • Sasquatch says:

      Oh I forgot delusional as well.. that was waaay too short.. I’m very disappointed shit kid. Again… TOO EASY :)

  17. 757 says:

    Ok asssquatch I’m not picking on a guy who can’t spell, hairy back, and no self esteem. Your originality is gone. THE TOO EASY ONE IS WHAT I USED ON YOU HA HA. It was fun. I wonder what name you will come up on the site under now? Shit kid wow that’s a great one :) keep working . All that time living in your mom’s basement with no job should give you the time to look up some stuff.

  18. 757 says:

    RAPE,RETARD,ASS FUCKING BLA BLA BLA MORE OF THE SAME FROM YOU…..HA HA YOU HAVE NOTHING LEFT…YOU LOSE BUDDY.:) GOT NOTHING LEFT HA HA

  19. Sasquatch says:

    And the winner is….. Sasquatch!! :)

  20. 757 says:

    Shit Ass Rape Kid….wow you sure do swear allot. According to you that makes people a little kid. I think your language confirms that you are gay and infatuated with raping people , shit, and ass. It’s the only comebacks you have. Hey buddy with a name like sasquatch you can never win…..You quit because you can’t come up with anything else but rape, ass, and shit…ha ha ….You lost this one assquatch!!!you quit just like all of your country women do…ha ha that’s right…women and homos :) I win

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