TJ Grant at 90-95 percent and hoping for an October return to the Octagon

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

No. 3 ranked UFC lightweight TJ Grant has not fought since May 2013 due to concussion related symptoms, but he's feeling better and hopes to fight in his hometown of Halifax

T.J. Grant has not fought since he dispatched Gray Maynard via first round TKO at UFC 160. That fight took place on May 25, 2013 and earned Grant a $50,000 Knockout of the Night Bonus on top of his $50,000 salary. Not bad for a little over two minutes of work in the Octagon. The win, which was Grant's fifth consecutive victory, also earned him a shot at then UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.

Unfortunately, Grant (21-5) suffered a concussion while training for that fight and was forced to withdraw. Anthony Pettis replaced Grant on that card, UFC 164 and captured the title from Henderson with a first round submission.

The UFC then wanted to match Grant up against Pettis at UFC on Fox 9, but lingering concussion symptoms kept that fight from being booked.

Despite being on the shelf for nearly a year, Grant remains the No. 3 ranked fighter in the UFC's lightweight division, trailing only Henderson and the recently re-signed Gilbert Melendez.

On Wednesday night's edition of UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani gave an update on Grant's status, and it is the most positive news we have had for quite some time regarding the 30-year-old fighter.

Helwani said of Grant, "He told me he's about 90 to 95 percent and is taking it very slowly. There's no timetable for his return. The UFC is going to Halifax, his hometown, in October 4, and that'd be huge for him to fight there. But he'll leave it up to the UFC once he's cleared to fight."

The October 4 fight card will take place at the Halifax Metro Centre. No fights have been announced for the Fight Night card.

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