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Forrest Griffin fighting Phil Davis on December 29

Former UFC light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin was preparing for a pairing with a highly-skilled grappler in the form of Chael Sonnen at UFC 155, and it looks like he will still be getting one despite Sonnen’s recent removal from the match-up. Earlier today, UFC officials announced Phil Davis would fill the vacancy created by Sonnen’s shot at Jon Jones and would serve as one-half of a co-headlining clash with Griffin at the December 29 event.

UFC 155 is scheduled for Las Vegas and is expected to feature a headlining title-fight between heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and former divisional king Cain Velasquez.

The 10-1 Davis is fresh off a slick submission of Wagner Prado less than a week ago at UFC 153. The win was his first since falling by decision to Rashad Evans, adding to past success against the likes of Brian Stann, Tim Boetsch, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Alexander Gustafsson.

Griffin holds an overall record of 19-7 including a title-win against Quinton Jackson. He has come out victorious in three of his last four fights with two triumphs over Tito Ortiz and another outpointing of Rich Franklin.

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20 COMMENTS
  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Last chance for Forrest to remain even slightly relevant at 205.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I think Davis is going to maul him.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    Forrest has two chances of winning this fight
    None and absolutely fuck all

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Forrest and bonnar need to hang em up already im tired of seeing him run out of the ring crying. When they blew up the sport there was really no mma on cable so people would watch because mma is awsome not because griffin and bonnar are great fighters imo its because there was no mma on cable.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    With all due respect Gunner, he DID win a UFC Championship against (an admittedly unmotivated) Rampage – which I think you have to regard as a pretty decent achievement no matter how you cut it.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    With all due respect Gunner, he DID win a UFC Championship against (an admittedly unmotivated) Rampage – which I think you have to regard as a pretty decent achievement regardless of Forrest turning douche.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Damn you stupid HTTP timeouts!

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  • MCM says:

    I try not to count Forrest out. Everytime he’s supposed to lose, he wins. I think this is the right step for both fighters. I’ll be pulling for Forrest in this one, only because I’ve been a fan for so long.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    Forrest was a contender until he lost the ability to take a punch. that was his best form of offence, being able to walk through punches. now he cant do that he gets put to sleep very easily, maybe he needs some dancing lessons from greg Jackson

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    They always say the chin is the one thing you can’t fix, look at Liddell

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    I like forrest a lot and respect all fighters but i think phil davis deserves a better opponent if he beats forrest it dosent matter if forrest beats him it does.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Beating Forrest is a more marketable win. A lot of people still think Forrest is a top guy, just not the MMA fiends like us who crawl forums.

    I think Davis finishes Forrest with strikes. Dude’s chin is gone.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Forrest vs. Chael would have been interesting, to see if Chael’s grappling/wrestling could handle the additional bulk of the LHW division. But this replacement bout sucks.

    Davis has finished guys like Gustafsson & Boetsch. Yeah he lost one friggin fight, with Rashad putting him back in his place, but giving him guys like Wagner (making his UFC debut) and Forrest (on his way out of the UFC) is pretty ridiculous. It’ll help Davis pad the win column and climb back up the rankings towards another title shot, but in the meantime these matchups are just not appealing.

    It’ll get much less attention but this is another annoying ramification of the ridiculous decision to force Chael into a LHW title bout.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Keep in mind, Davis is getting another fight within the calendar year. Regardless of any deep analysis, Mr. Wonderful gets another paycheque and a fairly winnable fight (sorry Forrest fans).

    If Tito could drop Forrest and take him down, Phil’s going to run roughshod over Forrest.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Why would you say his chin is gone? I know Silva made him look bad but, he wasn’t knocked unconscious just beat down with strikes.

    He took some good shots from Rua and Tito and the lights didn’t go out.

    I think motivation and desire to train adequately is more of his issue than his ability to take a punch.

    Maybe I am forgetting but, I don’t remember him actually being knocked out cold which is what happened with Chuck.

    Forrest is a tough durable fighter just not sure his head is in the game anymore. Seen several quotes in the past indicating he doesn’t like fighting or training , but he doesn’t have anything else to fall back into.

    I would like to see him show up and win this fight as I am a fan as well.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    I agree with Hatter here that I don’t thing Forrest’s chin is necessarily shot. But…does it matter?

    Sorta like Chael vs. Jones, regardless of the type of outcome (strikes-based stoppage, submission, lopsided decision) Davis’ youth/athleticism/overall skill set is gonna allow him to run circles around Forrest much the same way Jones will agianst Chael.

    Both are stupid matchups, and both are directly related to this week’s stupid decision to try to save TUF.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Hatter hit it dead on but hey im going to watch it.
    If only he had some kind of fire lit under his ass or something?

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I like Forrest a lot and I’ll root for him in this fight, I’ll just say that Davis better hope he doesn’t cut him during the fight.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    i think it Faust summed it up, if Tito can drop you, you’re in trouble.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Didn’t Tito knock out bader, but rampage couldn’t? So that might not fit.

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