The toughest people in the world undoubtedly are those who post comments on stories on the Internet. Read their comments and it's obvious they wouldn't let a minor annoyance like a severe concussion bother them. They'd not only fight with a severe concussion, but they'd go out against the best fighters in the world with torn knee ligaments or broken ribs or any of 100 other maladies that cause mere mortal fighters to pull out of a bout.
What those people are generally are gutless big mouths who hide behind the anonymity their computer provides and like to take shots at other people's misfortune. I'm not talking about anyone who posts thoughtful, reasoned comments on a topic, but rather the kind of morons who were ripping T.J. Grant and questioning both his toughness and his character for pulling out of his Aug. 31 title bout at UFC 164 with then-champion Benson Henderson.
Those geniuses somehow scoffed when Grant withdrew from that fight with a concussion and smelled conspiracy. They mocked Grant and questioned his moral character.
Well, Grant tweeted on Monday that his concussion symptoms are still troubling him, and he wouldn't be able to accept a December title bout against new champion Anthony Pettis.
Hey people. Quick update. Unfortunately I won't be fighting Pettis on dec 14. I am still not yet 100% n can't commit to fight. UFC is going With someone else instead. It sucks but it is the best for both myself and the UFC. Please don't worry. Ill be back and if I gotta fight Someone else to get back to where I wanna be then that's what I'm gonna do. I'm not bitter. Thanks
It's sad that Grant, who stopped Gray Maynard on May 25 to earn the shot, is still suffering from the concussion symptoms and unable to do his job. Pittsburgh Penguins' star Sidney Crosby was out for more than a year with post-concussion symptoms.
Sadly, none of the classless folks who chose to bash Grant have chosen to resurface to apologize to Grant when it's become so abundantly clear they were so wrong.
Social media is wonderful, but it's also enabled a culture of nastiness than can make the Internet a disgraceful place to be.
Hopefully, Grant will fully recover from his concussion and be able to perform at the same level he was when he was injured.
For those who mocked him, hopefully they never suffer such a serious injury and have to learn the hard way who idiotic their previous words had been.
The UFC announced tonight that former Strikeforce champion Josh "The Punk" Thomson would get the shot against Pettis.