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Old 04-20-2013, 11:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Henderson's next defense vs the Maynard/Grant winner


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In a bit of a surprise announcement, UFC President Dana White booked the next lightweight title fight shortly after the most recent one.

T.J. Grant (20-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Gray Maynard (11-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC) will meet as part of the main card of UFC 160 next month, and the winner will be next in line to fight Benson Henderson. Henderson on Saturday beat Gilbert Melendez by split decision in the main event of UFC on FOX 7.

UFC on FOX 7 took place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card aired on FOX following prelims on FX and Facebook. UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

White announced the UFC's intentions for the lightweight title fight as the post-event news conference for UFC on FOX 7 came to a close, responding to the media's near-constant attempts to get him to reveal bout bookings.

Henderson (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) beat Melendez (21-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) with a pair of 48-47 scores, while a third judge scored the fight 48-47 for Melendez. Henderson went five rounds in a title fight for the fourth straight time to defend his belt for the third time. After going 11-1 in Strikeforce, Melendez lost for the first time in nearly five years.

Maynard, of course, is no stranger to lightweight title fights. He fought to a now-legendary draw with Frankie Edgar at UFC 125, then lost for the first time in his career when the two rematched at UFC 136, when Edgar stopped him with a fourth-round TKO.

Maynard will fight for the first time in nearly a year. In his most recent outing, the two-time UFC lightweight title challenger took a split decision from Clay Guida in the main event of UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City, N.J. He was scheduled to meet Joe Lauzon this past December at UFC 155, but a knee injury and subsequent surgery knocked him from the card.

Maynard challenged then-champ Frankie Edgar for the 155-pound title at UFC 125, and the two fought to a now-famous draw. In the rematch at UFC 136, Maynard suffered the first loss of his pro career when Edgar stopped him with a fourth-round TKO.

Grant has been on a tear, winning four straight fights and five of his past six. The four consecutive victories have all been since he dropped from welterweight to lightweight, making him 4-0 in the division.

In January, Grant stopped Matt Wiman with just nine seconds left in the first round, leveling down with massive elbows for the knockout at UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago. That followed a "Fight of the Night" win over Evan Dunham at UFC 152 and wins over Carlo Prater and Shane Roller.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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T.J. Grant-Gray Maynard winner at UFC 160 gets title shot vs. Benson Henderson

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There wasn't much clarity surrounding the UFC lightweight championship fight pitting Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez. Fans were split, media was split, even the judges were split. But Henderson walked out of the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California with the belt still in his possession.

There is at least some clarity to the division's future. The winner of the UFC 160 matchup between Gray Maynard and T.J. Grant will be handed the opportunity to face Henderson for the belt, according to UFC president Dana White, who announced it at the conclusion of the UFC on FOX 7 post-fight press conference.

Maynard is currently ranked No. 3 in the UFC's media rankings, while Grant is No. 7.

Henderson already has career wins over Nos. 1 (Melendez), 4 (Nate Diaz) and 5 (Jim Miller).

Maynard is seeking his third crack at the belt. He fought Frankie Edgar in memorable back-to-back outings, fighting the former champ to a draw in Jan. 2011 before being knocked out nine months later.

Since then, Maynard (11-1-1, 1 no contest) has won his only fight in a split-decision against Clay Guida.

Grant (20-5) could possibly earn the first title shot of his career. He began his UFC run in 2009, but as a welterweight. After a 3-3 run in that division, he decided to make the cut to 155, and since then, he's gone a perfect 4-0. During that time, he's beaten Matt Wiman, Evan Dunham, Carlo Prater and Shane Roller, with two of his wins coming via stoppage.

White did not give an anticipated timeframe for the eventual encounter between the Grant-Maynard winner and Henderson.
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I think Grey will be a bad match up for Benson. he'll probably have to stay on the outside which won't make for a good fight.
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if TJ wins I agree, I disagree with Maynard...Gray had 2 chances at the belt and he couldn't make it happen, a dull fight with Guida does not a champion make,
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The logical option, in my opinion.
What a mess this division is.
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if TJ wins I agree, I disagree with Maynard...Gray had 2 chances at the belt and he couldn't make it happen, a dull fight with Guida does not a champion make,
to be fair guida was the reason that fight sucked, and maynard does have good wrestling and power maybe he can hurt bendo bad.
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The logical option, in my opinion.
What a mess this division is.
indeed it is, needs some more blood in it or skyrocket the 22 russian studs up the contender ladder.
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So Maynard is the next champ? Good to hear.
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Maynard doesn't deserve this. Got KO'd in his last title fight, won a split against Guida and did enough to warrant another contender fight? Even Josh Thompson deserves it more than him imo.
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If Maynard beats Grant, then Bendo for the belt, would Aldo fight Gray if he gets by Pettis?

Are Maynard and Aldo actually teammates? Or just occassional training partners?
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