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Benson Henderson is the current UFC lightweight champion. He has successfully defended his title three times.
The title defenses have often not been pretty. They have often been by the slimmest of margins. But all three times he's entered the cage as the champion, he's left with his belt.
T.J. Grant is coming off an enormously impressive performance, knocking out Gray Maynard in the first round at UFC 160.
Very few people had given Grant a chance of winning that fight. His performance proved a lot of people wrong.
Sporting a five-fight win streak coming into this bout, Grant won't be flying quite so under the radar this time.
This fight will prove to be a clash of styles. Henderson is a competent wrestler with terrific submission defense. Meanwhile, Grant's takedown defense is extremely poor; however, once on the ground, his submission game is first rate.
Clearly, with the TKO of Maynard, Grant packs some stopping power.
However, I don't believe that Grant will be able to stop Henderson from taking him down and beating him up. Henderson should control the pace of this fight and spend most of it in dominant position, which will be enough to secure the victory.
Henderson's unanimous-decision win should be clear and dominant.