UFC on FOX 6 Results: What We Learned from TJ Grant vs. Matt Wiman

Scott Harris@ScottHarrisMMAMMA Lead WriterJanuary 26, 2013

September 22, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; TJ Grant (left) kicks Evan Dunham in the lightweights fight during UFC 152 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

T.J. Grant is ready for prime time in the lightweight division.

Saturday night at UFC on Fox 6, Grant (20-5) beat Matt Wiman (15-7) to every strike in a machine-like KO victory at 4:51 of the first round. It was Grant's fourth consecutive win, which, as it happens, coincides perfectly with his drop to 155 pounds.

What we'll remember about this fight

Just a deadly efficient and highly economical display from Grant. Though he is generally considered a submission grappler first and foremost, his Muay Thai was razor-sharp in this one. He worked well from the clinch and got the better of every exchange. This is the second consecutive stand-up battle that left a Grant opponent bloody and beaten.

What we learned about T.J. Grant

He's a contender now in the UFC lightweight division—simple as that. His full lightweight career consists of a submission of Shane Roller, a decisioning of Carlo Prater, a bloodying of Evan Dunham in another decision win and now a knockout of Wiman.  

What we learned about Matt Wiman

He's a fine fighter, but definitely not in the upper middle class of this division. He strings a couple together and then comes back to Earth. But he'll have a career as a gatekeeper for as long as he wants it at 155 pounds.

What's next for Grant

Rafael dos Anjos. Winner is a contender—a for real contender.

What's next for Wiman

How about Mark Bocek? Two veterans in need of a rebound victory.

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