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Benson Henderson vs. T.J. Grant headlines UFC 164
Champ Benson Henderson vs. T.J. Grant headlines UFC 164
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Jun 04, 2013 at 10:20 pm ET
benson-henderson-34.jpgUFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) and Canadian title challenger T.J. Grant (21-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) have been tapped headliners of UFC 164.
UFC officials announced the bout.
UFC 164 takes place Aug. 31 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Henderson is ranked No. 1 and Grant No. 5 in thw USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA lightweight rankings.
Henderson brings an impressive seven-fight win streak to the event and all of the victories have come in the UFC following his move over from the WEC. All seven wins have come by decision, including two with a split result. Overall, the 29-year-old champ is an incredible 17-1 in his past 18 fights.
Grant was a middle-of-the-road welterweight after posting a 3-3 mark in the UFC. But since dropping to 155 pounds, he's posted an impressive 5-0 mark, with wins over Gray Maynard, Matt Wiman, Evan Dunham, Carlo Prater and Shane Roller.
The victory over former title challenger Maynard, which came via first-round TKO, earned him a title shot.
The latest UFC 164 card now includes:
• Champ Benson Henderson vs. T.J. Grant - for UFC lightweight title
•Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir
•Clay Guida vs. Chad Mendes
•Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier
•Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera
•Diego Sanchez vs. opponent TBA
•Nikita Krylov vs. Soa Palelei