TJ Grant concussion update: Injured UFC lightweight still suffering from 'mild headaches' and periods of 'fog'

UFC lightweight contender and new dad TJ Grant says he would likely fight through a knee injury if the stakes were high enough, but when it comes to his brain, he has to put his long-term health ahead of everything else.

"I had to make a good decision for myself. Your brain is a different story. I still haven't trained really, at all. I haven't been on the mats, at all, for three months. I just want to do what's best for myself. I'm not starting training unless my brain is 100 percent. It's hard to say how serious it was. I was never knocked out, I didn't see stars or anything. I just got hit in the head. I put my head out to stop a sweep. But I also fought two weeks before and I took a couple shots in that fight too, so maybe I shouldn't have been training, I don't know. It just happened. I'm just looking to be as safe as possible and get myself back to 100 percent and then resume my career. I accept the risks involved with this job, it's a contact sport [but] I'm not 100 percent. I still have mild headaches, a little bit of fog. It's more of just the fog.than anything, and when you exercise it can make it worse. I want my long-term health, no matter what. This isn't fun, I wouldn't wish it on anyone."

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender T.J. Grant talks to Fight Now TV about his long and tedious recovery from a concussion suffered in training camp. While it wasn't the sort of violent knockout usually attributed to fighters who get concussed in the gym, the aftereffects were severe enough to boot him from a planned UFC 164 lightweight title fight against Ben Henderson. Anthony Pettis quickly stepped in to take over for the injured fighter and captured the crown, but Grant will miss out on the opportunity to challenge "Showtime" at UFC on FOX 9, as well, thanks to some mild headaches and lingering periods of fog. The good news is, his 155-pound title shot isn't going anywhere (says this guy), so the streaking Canadian grappler can take his time and come back at full strength. How long that actually takes, remains to be seen.

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