The UFC was forced to do some shuffling at UFC 155 when it was announced that Chael Sonnen would be coaching the next season of The Ultimate Fighter and then face light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. The switch left Forrest Griffin without a dance partner at the December event, though the vacancy didn’t last long as officials have revealed Phil Davis will be stepping into the slot to face the former champion.
Davis (10–1) is coming off of his UFC 153 win over Wagner Prado. In a controlling performance over Prado, Davis sunk in an Anaconda Choke late in the second round to get the tap. Unharmed in the fight, the timing seems to work as he will now face Griffin on December 29. Davis was looking for his first win since he suffered his first loss against Rashad Evans. He owns other past victories over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Brian Stann, Tim Boetsch, and Alexander Gustafsson.
Griffin (19–7) was last seen beating Tito Ortiz in July. Putting on a Fight of the Night performance, Griffin outworked the no-retired Ortiz for three rounds and got the decision. The fan-favorite has come out triumphant in three of his last four tilts.
UFC 155 is set to feature Junior dos Santos defending his heavyweight title in the main event against Cain Velasquez with other interesting match-ups including Joe Lauzon-Gray Maynard, Boetsch-Chris Weidman, and Yushin Okami-Alan Belcher.
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