Dwight Grant has been an active member of the UFC’s welterweight roster since December of 2018. After earning a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series, the New York City native broke into the deep 170lb division.
After losing in his UFC debut, Grant rebounded by earning consecutive wins over Carlo Pedersoli Jr. and the recently retired Alan Jouban. In those bouts, Grant was able to display his elite striking.
His fourth bout with the organization was against highly touted Daniel Rodriguez. In the early goings of the fight, Grant had staggered ‘D-Rod’ and it seemed to be en route to a T(KO) victory. Unfortunately for Grant, the tides turned and he ultimately was finished later in the round.
When asked about what lesson he took from that fight, grant told Cageside Press, “I think in situations like that from now on, I am going to secure position and then finish the fight.”
His finishing instinct was one of the reasons Grant felt the bout with Rodriguez slipped away.
At UFC 261, Grant was paired with Stefan Sekulic in a bout where he was the favorite. The bout was closely contested with Grant coming away with the nod via split decision.
Even though the bout went to the scorecards, he felt this was the fight he worked the hardest in. “I don’t think I’ve ever put that much effort in trying to trying to win a fight,” said Grant. “I think moving forward I am going to have to do more things that take me away from what I want to do. If I want to mess somebody up, I am going to have to take them down and get them tired.”
Grant told Cageside Press that he tore his hamstring in the fight which will keep him sidelined until the late summer.
When asked about an opponent that comes to mind, Grant said “I’m focused on getting a fight with somebody who is going to fight me. It is going to be fun to where I’m excited, the fans are excited and we are going to throw down.”
Watch our full interview with Dwight Grant above!