Despite ‘feeling 100-percent,’ T.J. Grant still uncertain about UFC return

And when you hear him tell it, you’ll understand why.

Prior to his first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship(UFC) title fight — which was supposed to go down against Ben Henderson at UFC 164 in September of 2013 — T.J. Grant was forced to withdraw after suffering a concussion during training.

Fast forward nearly two years later, and the man who was in line to fight for the strap may finally be inching closer to a return to the Octagon.

Of course, he still has to convince himself to give up his more secure job working in a potash mine in Saskatchewan, Canada in favor of a fighting career that doesn’t pay him all that much and has a high-risk of injury; which means potentially going a long time without a paycheck.

Check out his statements to Leader Post (via Bloody Elbow):

“To be honest I haven’t really worked a regular job since maybe 2005. Basically, I’ve gotta make a living. When you’re injured it’s one of those sports where you can live off what you made for a little bit but we don’t make that much money so you have to go on to other things. I’m just taking care of myself and my family as best I can right now. I gave returning to fighting a real shot as far as living off of money I made, appearances and stuff, but it’s a fighting sport. It’s all about, ‘What have you done for me lately?’ In my opinion I’m not done fighting. I feel 100-percent healthy. It’s just there’s a little bit of hesitation as far as returning to competition. In my heart I want to do it but I’m trying to be smart. I want to make the best decisions I can and make some money while doing it. When you’ve been through what I’ve been through you have to really take your time and come up with a battle plan. I also know that, in fighting, there are no guarantees. I have a life to live, I have a mortgage to pay, I have bills. Do I stop working, live off my credit in order to fight when I could get injured? There’s a big risk-reward thing. I’m not ruling it out. I definitely love fighting. I want to do it but why not take a little break and let the rest of the world catch up (laughs)?”

Can’t blame him for mulling it over once, or twice.

After all, while his push the pace attitude makes him a fan favorite and has earned him plenty of wins, it also leaves him open to receive more damage, another factor that’s playing into T.J.’s big decision.

Before his layoff, Grant was riding high with a five-fight win streak since making the drop down to the 155-pound division, including back-to-back knockout victories against Matt Wiman and Gray Maynard.

But, should he decide to return to action, there is not telling how many bouts he’d have to win before he gets his championship fight back, something that’s not lost on Grant. As it stands, T.J. is no longer on the rankings list due to inactivity. So, its safe to assume that he’d have to win a fight or three in order to get back in the mix.

Plus, he also has to see if coming back to a revamped sponsorship game is worth his time.

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Thiago Alves broken nose suffered at UFC Fight Night 67 requires surgery

Carlos Condit promised violence, and that’s just what fight fans witnessed at last night’s (Sat., May 30, 2015) UFC Fight Night 67 event from  inside Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil.

Unfortunately for the hometown crowd, it was one of their fellow countrymen, Thiago Alves, who was on the receiving end of “The Natural Born Killer’s” violent striking spree.

Indeed, Condit came out aggressive as usual despite his year long layoff due to a torn ACL. With the majority of the fight playing out on the feet, Condit was able to unleash his entire arsenal, which included flying knees, punches, elbows and plenty of “spinning shit.”

Full video replay here.

Eventually, Condit caught Alves with a perfectly-timed elbow to the nose which ultimately busted it up enough to force a leakage of the Brazilian’s blood. The repeated elbows to the beak that followed didn’t do Alves any favors, either.

After the cageside doctor took a peak of the damage, he decided that “The Pitbull” could not continue on with his broken nose. According to MMA Fighting, Dr. Marcio Tannure, the medical director of Brazil’s athletic commission CABMMA, revealed that Alves would have to go extensive surgery in order to repair the damages (which you can see here).

As of now, there is no timetable available for Thiago’s return.

For complete results from UFC Fight Night 67: “Condit vs. Alves,” including play-by-play updates, click here.

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Carlos Condit calls for winner of Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald title fight at UFC 189

After last night’s destruction of Thiago Alves, does “The Natural Born Killer” have a good case?

After sitting on the sidelines for the better part of a year due to a torn ACL suffered in his fight against Tyron Woodley at UFC 171 back in March of 2014, Carlos Condit made a successful return to the Octagon by showing the mixed martial arts (MMA) world he hadn’t lost a step.

And he did it against one of the best, as Condit beatdown Thiago Alves in the main event of last night’s (Sat., May 30, 2015) UFC Fight Night 67 Fox Sports 1 event from inside the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil.

See it again here.

For 10 minutes, Condit showed his striking ability by outclassing the Brazilian bomber on the feet with an array of kicks, flying knees, and elbows to the face which eventually busted up Alves enough to break his nose and force the referee to put an end to the fight at the end of round two.

And though he was denied a post-fight bonus (see the list here), Condit stated during the post-fight press conference (video replay here) that he was satisfied with his performance.

“I think that my performance speaks for itself. I came out and got the finish against Thiago Alves, who is one of the top strikers in the division. It’s not really my decision who gets the bonuses, I just got to get out there and fight, do my thing and I did that tonight. I am happy with that. It was amazing fighting here in Goiania. My entire career I’ve wanted to come and fight in Brazil. It was an all out amazing experience, the people, he fans were great.”

He may have been denied the extra coin, but “The Natural Born Killer” doesn’t want to be denied a title shot, as he boldly declared that he wants to face the winner of the upcoming title fight between welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald, which goes down at UFC 189 on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I want whoever has the title in a couple of months. Whether it’s Rory or Lawler, I want that guy.”

Fair enough.

As impressive as Condit’s return was, he still has to hope the UFC matchmakers were as impressed as the rest of the MMA community was, as Tyron Woodley — the last man to defeat Carlos — is also trying to make his case for a shot at the strap.

For complete results from UFC Fight Night 67: “Condit vs. Alves,” including play-by-play updates, click here.

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