So it turns out that you don't need to win any popularity contests, carry a weighty reputation or own a Ph.D in smack talk to garner a title shot in the UFC. Keeping your head down and filling up the win column can still get it done.
Case in point: TJ Grant.
By all accounts, the Canadian is a fighter of middling renown. Yet, riding an impressive five-fight win streak, he is poised to battle Benson Henderson for the lightweight crown at UFC 164.
Grant will enter the bout as a betting underdog, but not one who should be counted out. In fact, there are a good many reasons to believe in the 29-year-old.
I believe, and I've decided to subject you to five slides' worth of opinion stating why.