TJ Grant remains the No. 1 contender to the UFC lightweight title.
But he won’t be getting a shot at the belt this year.
After Grant was being groomed as the first challenger to Anthony Pettis and the belt, he informed UFC officials that concussion-related symptoms were still giving him issues and he wouldn’t be able to fight.
Instead, Pettis will meet Josh Thomson this December at UFC on FOX 9.
For Grant, the decision was a difficult one, but one he needed to make.
“It’s frustrating,” he said, on UFC Tonight recently. “But, at the same time, it’s life and you have to deal with it.
“I’m going to be back fighting. I didn’t lose my last fight. If I have to fight someone else, I will.”
Grant (21-5) has won five straight, including finishes over Gray Maynard and Matt Grice this past year. He added that “my sights are still set on the title,” and he could be positioned to face the winner of Pettis-Thomson in early 2014.