UFC officials announced that they are working to book a fight between newly crowned lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis (pictured), and top contender, T.J. Grant, for the December 14 card on UFC on FOX 9.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
The UFC on FOX 9 card continues to take shape as UFC officials announced Wednesday on “UFC Tonight” that they are targeting a lightweight championship fight between Anthony Pettis and T.J. Grant.
A bout between Urijah Faber and Michael McDonald has already been added to the December 14 card in Sacramento, California.
Anthony Pettis is coming off a tremendous first round submission victory over Benson Henderson at UFC 164 that earned “Showtime” the lightweight belt. Prior to the fight with Henderson, Pettis had won 7 of his last 8 fights.
T.J. Grant was the original opponent for Benson Henderson at UFC 164, but a concussion suffered during training forced the Canadian fighter out of the title shot. Now recovered and ready to fight, Grant will be looking to start exactly where he left off by challenging the lightweight title. Grant earned his top-contender position with a streak of 5 wins in the UFC culminating with two first-round knockouts over Matt Wiman and Gray Maynard.
UFC on FOX 9 will take place at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA. The fights will air live on FOX.Tags: Anthony Pettis, benson henderson, Michael McDonald, mma, MMA NEWS, T.J. Grant, TJ Grant, ufc, ufc news, UFC on FOX, UFC on FOX 9, ufc on fox9, Urijah Faber