MMA's most famous mutton chops are heading to the Octagon. Heavyweight, Chad Griggs, is among several fighters to jump ship to the UFC as Strikeforce phases out its heavyweight division, as MMA Weekly reports that he has signed a new UFC deal:
Sources close to the fighter confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday that Griggs will move to the UFC and begin fighting there in the new year.
Griggs first popped up on the radar of MMA fans in late 2010 in when it appeared he was being served up on a silver platter to ultra-popular former pro wrestler, Bobby Lashley at a Strikeforce event. Instead, the "Grave Digger" proved he was anything but cannon fodder, battering Lashley, exposing his lack of cardio, and forcing him to quit on the stool after two rounds. Griggs followed that up by TKOing highly-touted prospect, Gian Villante, in under two minutes, and then forced Valentijn Overeem to tap to strikes in just over two minutes last June.
Although Griggs doesn't train with a notable team or gym, and doesn't hold any flashy rankings in BJJ or college wrestling titles, his go-for-broke style and distinctive look have earned him a cult following, which he hopes will carry over as he makes his UFC debut some time in early 2012. No opponent or date has been confirmed for Griggs's debut, but we'll keep you update as soon as that news breaks.