UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson is a quick study, as evident by his victories over Frankie Edgar, Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez.
Henderson, in an honest interview recently on The MMA Hour, admitted that he is still learning who is next contender – T.J. Grant – really is.
Grant finished off Gray Maynard recently, improving to 5-0 and earning himself a future title shot.
“I am a little bit surprised. I think most people had Gray winning. Most people picked Gray to win and not only did T.J. prove everyone wrong, but in the manner and in the fashion that he did it, pretty impressive performance for him. I did (think Maynard was going to win). I thought Gray was going to be the next guy I faced. I was already kind of preparing for that and now I got a new guy to prepare for. I don’t know a whole lot about T.J. to be honest. I know he’s 5-0 at 155 now, he used to be a 170 pounder. From what I’ve seen of him, from the promos and highlights and stuff, he doesn’t seem too flashy. He’s one of those guys, a grinder, good fundamentals and solid. It is going to be my job to learn about him the next month or so to get ready for him.”
Grant could pose an interesting challenge to “Smooth,” as he has the kind of power that Henderson doesn’t regularly see at lightweight. You will remember that Hendo is a “large” 155-pounder come fight night, and being a former middleweight, Grant knows how to get his body back up to size in a hurry, as well.