The UFC has announced that TJ Grant — normally a welterweight fighter — and Shane Roller have verbally agreed to square off somewhere on the impending UFC on Versus 6 fight card.
Making his debut at 155lbs., Canadian fighter TJ Grant will be looking for a fresh start in a new weight class. Since making his UFC debut against Ryo Chonan at UFC 97 back in 2009, Grant has gone back and forth between wins and losses, never amassing any kind of streak to speak of. After defeating Chonan via split decision, Grant was beaten by Dong Hyun Kim. He would come back to beat Kevin Burns, but would then drop a contest to Johny Hendricks. At UFC 119 he took a unanimous decision over Julio Paulino, but saw the other end of the judges’ verdict when he faced off against the now-retired Ricardo Almeida at UFC 124.
The UFC 124 bout was Grant’s last appearance in the cage; he was set to meet Charlie Brenneman at UFC on Versus 4, but was forced from the bout with illness. A submission specialist, Grant sports a record of 16-5.
Former WEC standout Shane Roller was on his way to stringing together an impressive win streak when he met Melvin Guillard at UFC 132. Roller had beaten Jamie Varner via submission and then Thiago Tavares via vicious knockout to amass a two-fight winning streak. Guillard saw to the end of that streak, as he put a beating on Roller at UFC 132 that ended in a first round knockout. The 32-year-old Team Takedown product will be looking to get back to his winning ways when he meets Grant this fall.
UFC on Versus 6 is set to go down on October 1 at the Verizon Center in Washington DC.