- UFC 164
Henderson to defend title against GrantJune 5, 2013
Lightweight champion Benson Henderson will defend his title against TJ Grant on August 31 at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, promotion officials announced on Tuesday.
Henderson (19-2) will be making his fourth title defence after beating Frankie Edgar in February 2012. In his most recent defence, on April 20, Henderson needed a split decision to hold off former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.
Grant earned a shot at the 155-pound champion with a first-round knockout of Gray Maynard on May 25 at UFC 160 in Las Vegas. The former welterweight is 5-0 as a lightweight and 21-5 overall.
A heavyweight title between former UFC champions Josh Barnett and Frank Mir is also scheduled for the August event, with Barnett making his return to UFC for the first time in 11 years.
Meanwhile, middleweight Kelvin Gastelum is dropping to welterweight for an August 28 bout with Paulo Thiago in Indianapolis.
Gastelum revealed his plans via his Facebook page on Tuesday.
"I'm excited," he wrote. "Another challenge is always good."
The fight will be Gastelum's first since April 13 when he upset highly-touted Uriah Hall by a split decision in a TUF 17 finale. Gastelum has a professional record of 6-0.
Thiago (15-5) has lost four of his past six fights. He snapped a two-loss streak on May 18 with a unanimous decision over Michel Richard dos Prazeres.