T.J. Grant: I've 'earned' UFC title shot against Anthony Pettis

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

T.J. Grant was booked to fight for the UFC Lightweight title at UFC 164 but he got hurt and Anthony Pettis got his shot. Now Grant thinks he should be first in line to challenge Pettis.

UFC Lightweight T.J. Grant was booked to fight Ben Henderson for the title at UFC 164 last Saturday but he suffered an injury and had to stand aside for Anthony Pettis. Now that Pettis has submitted Henderson and taken the title all the talk is about a "super fight" between Pettis and Featherweight champ Jose Aldo.

How does Grant feel about that? The formidable LW spoke to MMA Fighting:

"I'm pretty sure Aldo is a little banged up as well right now," Grant said. "My opinion -- I'm a fan, and I love watching UFC fights. I watch all of them, whether they're people I'm potentially fighting or not, I enjoy it. Pettis against Aldo is an exciting fight.

"But, hey, I just won my last fight in two minutes. I knocked [Gray Maynard] out. I knocked the guy out before that [Matt Wiman]. I feel like I've earned it. I feel like I'm the guy. I've been in the UFC a long time. I've never really gotten the push that I feel like I need but I've also built a lot of experience in fighting and haven't been in the spotlight, which is nice too. But I'm ready to be there and I'm ready to go out there. Give me the opportunity man. I feel like I've earned it."

What do you think? Would you rather see Grant get the first shot at Pettis or are you holding out for a "super fight"?

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