Despite coming up short in the finals of the recent TUF 18 tournament to eventual winner Chris Holdsworth (5-0), UK bantamweight Davey Grant (8-2) revealed earlier today that UFC President Dana White has informed him that he’ll still be given a UFC contract.
Grant shared the news via Twitter.
Just found out that @danawhite is going to give me a UFC contract I’m ecstatic. I’m going to fight my fucking ass off thank you so so much
— Davey Grant (@DaveyGrantMMA) December 4, 2013
Going into the TUF house, the twenty-seven year old Grant had established himself as a formidable opponent on the European scene, where he competed primarily in the Total Combat organisation, based in Sunderland, England. Despite losing out in his professional debut, Grant then went on to put together an eight fight winning streak and finishing all of his opponents, including seven by submission.
Grant then continued that form into the show, submitting Danny Martinez (17-4) in the opening elimination round to earn a spot in the house and then pulling out another submission victory over Louis Fisette (6-1) in the quarter-finals. After receiving a bye to the finals, when fellow semi finalist Anthony Gutierrez (4-0) failed to make weight, Grant took on Holdsworth at this past weekend’s TUF 18 Finale, suffering a submission defeat in the second round and his first loss in over four years.
Grant will now be hoping to get back on the winning trail in his next UFC outing and will most likely have his eyes on the UFC’s return to London in March.