First it was Alistair Overeem, then Fabricio Werdum, and now apparently Chad Griggs will follow suit in joining the UFC roster after Zuffa recently announced their plan to do away with Strikeforce’s heavyweight division. Though no official reason was given for the organization’s decision, the widespread assumption is that axing the heavyweights will serve as a means of increasing the UFC’s depth in that department.
According to a report from MMAWeekly, Griggs has signed on to compete inside the Octagon next year thought the date of his actual debut is still up in the air. However, it’s likely he will fight sooner than later given that “The Gravedigger” has been out of action since June.
The 33-year old Griggs holds an overall record of 11-1 and has won his last six scraps including victories over Bobby Lashley, Gian Villante, and most recently Valentijn Overeem. Adding to his appeal, Griggs has never gone the distance, finishing all eleven of his opponents (nine TKOs, two submissions) while suffering his lone career loss nearly five years ago courtesy of a Kimura.
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