At UFC on FOX 4, Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis will face off against current heavyweight Chad “The Grave Digger” Griggs. Griggs, a former Strikeforce resident has acceded to take the plunge, and thus, try his hand at the light heavyweight division.
Davis, a former Penn State NCAA Division I standout, was last seen at UFC on FOX 2 vying for a top-ranked spot against friend and former UFC 205-pound champion “Suga” Rashad Evans—a contest which he lost via unanimous decision.
Had Davis (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) been victorious, a shot at the current division’s linchpin Jon “Bones” Jones was one, maximum two, fights away.
However, as things stand, he’ll have to work his way back into title contention and impress while he’s at it. The first stop is Griggs, who himself is on the road to redemption following a less-than-impressive debut for the Zuffa-based promotion.
In the opening stanza at UFC 145, Travis Browne threw a spanner in the works of his coming out party via an arm triangle choke.
The Arizona native, who has notable wins against former pro-wrestler Bobby Lashley and Valentijn Overeem, is caught between a rock and a hard place—he desperately needs to get back to winning ways, but more importantly, the 33-year-old Griggs (11-1 MMA, 3-0 SF, 0-1 UFC) needs to register his maiden victory, or else, he’ll go 0-2 in the firm.
UFC on FOX 4 is scheduled for Aug. 4, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.