Dwight Grant thinks the Beanie Sigel stuff is great, would rather be mixed up with Mike Tyson
ATLANTA – Yes, Dwight Grant has seen what happens when you Google his name, and he’s actually entertained by the case of mistaken identity.
You see, the UFC welterweight shares a birth name with a rapper better known as Beanie Siegel. In recent weeks, MMA fans noticed that when you Google Grant’s name, you find that the search giant’s MMA module seems to believe it’s the rapper who will be in action at Saturday’s UFC 236.
Grant finds humor in the mistake but isn’t so sure it’s an accident.
“Somebody did it on purpose because it changed suddenly,” Grant told MMA Junkie. “It didn’t change the last fight. It changed this fight. Somebody thought it was funny, and I think it’s pretty funny, too. I like it.
“Beanie Sigel is one of my favorite rappers, so it’s not an insult to me. It might be an insult to him a little bit.”
It turns out Grant was already a fan of Sigel’s music, even before he knew the performer’s actual name. That said, Grant isn’t going to capitalize on the moment by walking out to a Sigel track at Saturday’s event at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
“I thought about it for like half a second, but I was like, ‘Nah, that feels too contrived,'” Grant said. “I’ll just leave it alone.”
Instead, the knockout artist will look to entertain in a different manner. Grant (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) takes on veteran Alan Jouban (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) on the pay-per-view main card of UFC 236.
It’s a big opportunity for Grant in just his third UFC appearance, but one he believes was meant to be – and that’s a thought supported by his SportsCenter highlight slot following his February win over Carlo Pedersoli Jr.
But Grant isn’t looking at Saturday’s card as his “breakout moment.” It’s just the next step on his journey, which he hopes ends up with his name associated with a few different names.
“I want to say yes because it sounds cool, but not really,” Grant said. “Every fight is the same to me: Go knock this guy out. It sounds so, like, crass, ‘Yo, go knock the guy out,’ but that’s what I’m thinking.
“I’ve got an opportunity to get another knockout, and that’s the kind of stuff I like because I want to have a great highlight reel. I’m thinking about the future. I want to be able to be like 40 or 50 years from now have my kids and my grandkids look back and see awesome knockouts, kind of like now how everybody watched Mike Tyson or Roy Jones. I want to be part of that where people watch my fights and go, ‘This guy used to knock people out.'”
To hear more from Grant, check out the video above.