T.J. Grant plans to be ‘violent’ against Anthony Pettis, won't take ‘cowards way out’

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

He’s backed up his words before, and now T.J. Grant plans to put on another “violent” performance when he challenges UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis for his newly-won strap.

After hearing the news that he indeed will get to challenge newly-crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis, T.J. Grant is determined to put on a show against the always-entertaining "Showtime" by not taking the "cowards way out."

So, what does that mean, exactly?

Basically, he doesn't planning on holding Pettis against the Octagon cage for five rounds to grind him down. No sir, Grant plans to be "violent" -- much like he set out to do and accomplished against Gray Maynard -- and take it to the new division kingpin for 25 minutes, if need be.

The scrappy Canadian broke down his gameplan to Bleacher Report:

"It's a competition, there's a ton of strategy involved, but at the same time, I'm not taking the coward's way out. I'm trying to beat a man up with my skills overall. I'm not trying to hold a guy up against the fence and grind them down. I'm trying to fight and be violent and I think (Pettis) is the same way. I think it's an exciting fight and we'd put on a good one."

T.J. lost his opportunity to challenge the former 155-pound champ Ben Henderson at UFC 164 when he suffered a concussion during training.

Pettis gladly stepped in to fill the void in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and forced "Smooth" to tap in round one (watch it again here), effectively ending Benson's seven-fight winning streak, which included three title defenses.

However, the RoufuSport fighter suffered a knee injury that may force him to the sidelines for a couple of months.

While unfortunate, Anthony's injury gives Grant a bit more time to recoup. He could be ready to start light jiu-jitsu work in October and begin a full training camp by November or December, which in turn could line up perfectly for a possible Super Bowl Weekend fight in February.

Grant's violence plus "Showtime's" unpredictability could equal to one hell of a fight.

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