T.J. Grant. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Canadian welterweight prospect T.J. Grant will serve as a late replacement opponent for Dong Hyun Kim on the preliminary card of UFC 100. The historic event takes place on July 11 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The UFC officially announced the change this morning. Grant will be replacing an injured Jonathan Goulet, who suffered a dislocated shoulder during a recent training session in preparation for the fight against Kim.
Grant is coming off of a hard-fought, split decision win over Japanese veteran Ryo Chonan in his UFC debut at UFC 97 in April. Prior to that, Grant had won four consecutive fights in smaller Canadian-based shows. The streak included victories over UFC vets Chad Reiner and Forrest Petz.
Kim was originally handed the first loss of his professional career after losing a split decision to Karo Parisyan on the main card of UFC 94 in January, but the bout was later changed to a no-contest following Parisyan’s positive test for painkillers after the event.
UFC 100 is headlined by a pair of title fights. Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir will rematch in a bid to unify the interim and current UFC heavyweight belts respectively while UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will defend his strap against top contender Thiago Alves. “Ultimate Fighter 9” coaches Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping will also clash in a middleweight bout on the show’s main card.
The complete card for the event is as follows:
Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir (UFC Heavyweight Title)
Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves (UFC Welterweight Title)
Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago
Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher
Mark Coleman vs. Stephan Bonnar
Mac Danzig vs. Jim Miller
Jon Jones vs. Jake O’Brien
C.B. Dollaway vs. Tom Lawlor
Matt Grice vs. Shannon Gugerty