Chad Griggs' UFC debut didn't exactly go as planned for the Strikeforce vet as he was choked out by heavily hyped Travis Browne. With Chad clearly being on the smaller side of things at heavyweight, it looks like he'll be dropping to 205 pounds for his next bout. But things won't be getting any easier as he'll face a top ten opponent in his first light heavyweight bout.
Via the UFC's official website:
After losing to Travis Browne at UFC 145, heavyweight Strikeforce veteran Chad "Grave Digger" Griggs has verbally agreed to drop to the light heavyweight division. Welcoming him at 205 pounds will be Browne's teammate, pedigreed wrestler Phil "Mr. Wonderful" Davis. The two have verbally agreed to meet at the UFC on FOX event in August.
While Griggs' toughness and willingness to mix it up are commendable, this feels like a desperation move. He looked flat out overmatched by Browne and now he'll be looking to gain a size advantage with the weight drop.
For Davis, it's an opportunity to get things moving back in the right direction. He had gotten to the point of being considered "in the mix" for a title shot before running into Rashad Evans at the UFC's second Fox TV effort. Davis was unable to do much against Evans, getting beaten in pretty much every dimension of the fight.
At 27, it is far too young to write off Davis because of his performance against Evans, but that performance certainly put things back in perspective. Davis was on the short list of guys people thought might be able to challenge Jon Jones, but we're clearly a few years away from that.