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.
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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