The main card will air on pay-per-view with a title fight between middleweight champ Anderson Silva against Vitor Belfort.
If that’s not enough to whet your appetite for star power, Ryan Bader and Jon Jones are penciled in for the event as well.
Franklin comes off a knockout win in June over Chuck Liddell at UFC 115, and now nearly recovered from a broken arm early in that fight, Franklin will face perhaps the most famous fighter in MMA in Griffin. Franklin, the former UFC middleweight champ, lost two of his last three fights, a split-decision defeat to Dan Henderson and a TKO loss to Vitor Belfort, before icing The Iceman.
Griffin last saw action during a split-decision win over Tito Ortiz in November of last year. Prior to that, Griffin had back-to-back losses to Rashad Evans for the light-heavyweight title and to Anderson Silva in a catchweight tilt.
Rumors that Griffin would take on Jones were scotched after Griffin expressed his reluctance to take on “Bones” earlier this year.