Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender T.J. Grant has his eyes on an eventual Octagon return, but it won't be for another six months.
Grant, who suffered a concussion practicing jiu jitsu last summer in preparation for a scheduled title fight against then-lightweight champ Benson Henderson, is still on the shelf recovering from lingering effects of the brain injury.
However, in an interview with Ariel Helwani on this past Wednesday's episode of UFC Tonight, Grant revealed he is doing much better now.
"I feel about 90-95 percent recovered," Grant told Helwani.
With his health improving, Grant is targeting a "Fight Night" return on Oct. 4, 2014, when UFC comes to the lightweight contender's hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia (details).
Obviously, UFC will probably proceed with the utmost of caution in offering Grant a new booking. With a concussion as severe as he apparently suffered, it would be best to make double, and possibly even triple sure that his brain is back to normal before putting him in a position to incur more head trauma.
For his part, Grant appears to be tempering his enthusiasm to return with a healthy dose of caution.
"I'm getting closer and closer," Grant said. "I want to approach my return with as much care as I can."
Here's wishing the lightweight a full and speedy recovery.