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.