Nate Diaz and TJ Grant removed from UFC lightweight rankings

Okay, we get it, the UFC rankings are odd sometimes, but this one takes the biscuit. Lightweight contenders Nate Diaz and TJ Grant have been removed from this week’s rankings update, and this head-scratching decision seems to lack logic. Usually, fighters are removed due to inactivity, though Diaz fought just 6 months ago, while Grant has been out for less than a year.

Prior to the update, Grant was ranked #3 in the division, while Diaz held the #6 spot. As a result, Gray Maynard – who has suffered two losses in a row against, you guessed it, Grant and Diaz – has moved up to fill the #8 spot. The UFC are yet to comment on the situation, though the inactivity reason is out of the picture, with many questioning whether contract negotiations have broken down with either, or both, fighters.

TJ Grant has won five in a row since moving down to lightweight in 2011, with his last two wins coming via first round TKO. This run of form earned the Canadian a title shot, though injury led to Grant being forced to pull out of the shot at Pettis’ lightweight belt and he is yet to return since his knockout win over Maynard in May 2013.

Nate Diaz, meanwhile, bounced back from two consecutive losses – including an unsuccessful shot at the title – by defeating former contender Maynard in November. That win put Diaz back in the top 10, but a series of odd events occurred since that win. After tweets asking to be released from his contract, stating in interviews that he is hoping to earn more money, and reportedly turning down a fight with Donald Cerrone, the latest odd piece of Diaz news is that he has been taken out of the UFC rankings just 6 months after an impressive win.

To add fuel to the fire, former champion Dominick Cruz remains in the rankings, holding the #9 spot at bantamweight. Cruz hasn’t fought in almost 3 years.

As a result, here is how the lightweight rankings stand:


Tags: Dominick Cruz Gray Maynard Nate Diaz Rankings TJ Grant UFC

  • Sm0key420

    I don’t think its a big deal. They got removed from the rankings for the same reason GSP and Nick Diaz were. That’s because they do not plan on fighting any time soon. Some guys like Cruz and Penn stay ranked because they and the UFC think that they could or may fight soon.
    That being said I expect we will see Nate fight by the end of this year, (just not Khabib) Nick will fight again by the end of 2016. GSP and Grant have weird injuries right now so who knows when or if either will be back.
    Look at these four fighters out right now, add Silva, Velasquez and Pettis to that list, damn UFC missing a lot of their biggest stars right now.

    • Jacob Cooper

      But Grant was booked for two title fights and was forced to pull out, it’s not as though he’s choosing to stay inactive. He’s injured, but he’s been out for less than a year; if he could take a fight, he would. Diaz is a different story, but I think he’s trying to test the waters, see how much he can get paid, who he can fight etc. Apparently he turned down Cerrone, according to Dana, but according to Mike Kogan (his manager), they didn’t receive an offer. Odd situation.