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Gray Maynard vs. T.J. Grant UFC 160 matchup will determine next contender for Benson Henderson

Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

There wasn't much clarity surrounding the UFC lightweight championship fight pitting Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez. Fans were split, media was split, even the judges were split. But Henderson walked out of the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California with the belt still in his possession.

There is at least some clarity to the division's future. The winner of the UFC 160 matchup between Gray Maynard and T.J. Grant will be handed the opportunity to face Henderson for the belt, according to UFC president Dana White, who announced it at the conclusion of the UFC on FOX 7 post-fight press conference.

Maynard is currently ranked No. 3 in the UFC's media rankings, while Grant is No. 7.

Henderson already has career wins over Nos. 1 (Melendez), 4 (Nate Diaz) and 5 (Jim Miller).

Maynard is seeking his third crack at the belt. He fought Frankie Edgar in memorable back-to-back outings, fighting the former champ to a draw in Jan. 2011 before being knocked out nine months later.

Since then, Maynard (11-1-1, 1 no contest) has won his only fight in a split-decision against Clay Guida.

Grant (20-5) could possibly earn the first title shot of his career. He began his UFC run in 2009, but as a welterweight. After a 3-3 run in that division, he decided to make the cut to 155, and since then, he's gone a perfect 4-0. During that time, he's beaten Matt Wiman, Evan Dunham, Carlo Prater and Shane Roller, with two of his wins coming via stoppage.

White did not give an anticipated timeframe for the eventual encounter between the Grant-Maynard winner and Henderson.

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