Why is he on the list?
T.J. Grant is probably not someone many people envisioned kicking off this list, but he deserves a place here.
Grant is a fabulous ground fighter that possesses an arsenal of slick submissions and impeccable ground control. He recently dropped down from 170 to 155 pounds, which will eliminate the size disadvantage he has faced to this point in his career.
Grant's lone lightweight contest came against Shane Roller. The Canadian looked dominant, out-muscling Roller, one of the strongest 155ers in the UFC, and outclassed him in every aspect of the game.
Does he have a chance
He has a very, very small one.
Grant's three losses in the UFC have come from Dong Hyun Kim, Johny Hendricks and Ricardo Almeida, all at welterweight, and all via decision. These men are notably larger than Grant, who would have a size advantage if he took on Edgar.
Even so, Edgar would have a decisive advantage on the feet and would be more likely to plant Grant on his backside than to suffer the inverse.
Grant has never been knocked out, but a five-round fight against the UFC Lightweight Champion might change that.
Will he have the chance in 2012?
Grant's single lightweight bout is a good jumping off point, but the 155-pound division is stacked, and the ascent to the top is harrowing. Grant would likely need three victories over very tough guys before he even warrants title shot consideration.
He would likely need to be the beneficiary of another fighter's injury, plus get very busy very fast to have a crack at the belt prior to 2013.