A head injury has forced T.J. Grant out of his scheduled UFC 164 title bout with lightweight champion Benson Henderson and has paved the way for one of the more intriguing rematches in recent memory as Anthony Pettis will fill in. MMAJunkie first reported the switch with UFC president Dana White confirming the news seconds later.
Grant confirmed his injury earlier this evening:
Thanks everyone for your concerns. I am healing from a concussion I suffered in BJJ of all things. I hope to be back training very soon
— TJ Grant (@TJ_Grant) July 13, 2013
The two previously faced off at the WEC’s final card, WEC 53, in a bout that became an instant classic. The bout has become one of the defining moments of the promotion’s history after being immortalized by Pettis’ stunning “Showtime kick” in the waning minutes of the fight.
The two fighters ended up with different paths once they hit the Octagon however, with Pettis dropping his first fight in the Octagon to Clay Guida and earning a narrow split decision against Jeremy Stephens. Henderson hit the ground running however, winning three straight before wresting the title from Frankie Edgar and defending it three times since.
The rematch will give Henderson a chance to avenge his last loss, while allowing Pettis to challenge for the title shot he was originally promised following his WEC 53 victory.
UFC 164 will take place at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 31 and will air live on PPV. The lightweight title rematch between Pettis and Henderson will highlight the evening. The card will also feature a pair of featherweight bouts as Dustin Poirier takes on Erik Koch and Chad Mendes takes on Clay Guida.
[Update] Article was updated at 23:57hrs to include the nature of Grant’s injury.