After a 3-3 run in the UFC’s welterweight division, submission specialist T.J. Grant has decided to drop down to 155 pounds for his next fight in hopes of improving his consistency in the win column. Standing in his way will be 3X All-American wrestler Shane Roller who watched hopes of a three-fight streak go to waste earlier this month at UFC 132 courtesy of Melvin Guillard’s striking and will no doubt be looking for in-ring redemption come this fall.
According to the UFC, the two talented grapplers will meet on October 1 at UFC Live 6 as part of a lineup headlined by bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz putting his belt up for grabs against Demetrious Johnson.
Grant has gone to the judges’ scorecards in five of his six Octagon appearances with wins over Kevin Burns, Julio Paulino, and Ryo Chonan. The 16-5 Canadian has won three-quarters of his total bouts by way of tap-out including four straight prior to signing with the UFC.
The 32-year old Roller had had notched victories over Thiago Tavares, Jamie Varner, Danny Castillo and Anthony Njokuani in four of his five fights before running into Guillard. He holds an overall record of 10-4 with nine stoppages including six submissions and three TKOs.
It is likely Roller vs. Grant will take place on the preliminary portion of UFC Live 6 alongside other expected pairings like Yves Edwards vs. Rafaello Oliveira and Paul Sass vs. Michael Johnson.
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