Earlier this week, Bloody Elbow reported that Chad Griggs was being moved over to the UFC's heavyweight division and the mutton-chopped upstart now has his first opponent and date: the undefeated Travis Browne at March's UFC 145.
The 33-year-old Griggs (11-1) made himself known to MMA fans when he defeated Bobby Lashley by second round TKO in his August 2010 Strikeforce debut. He returned this past February and defeated prospect Gian Villante by first round TKO, following that up with a first round submission win over Valentijn Overeem in June. The sixth year pro will bring a six fight win streak into his UFC debut.
The 29-year-old Browne (12-0-1) made his UFC debut in June 2010 with a first round TKO win over James McSweeney. After an October 2010 draw with Cheick Kongo, Browne knocked out Stefan Struve in highlight reel fashion at May's UFC 130 and took a unanimous decision win over Rob Broughton at September's UFC 135.