by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Marcus “Maximus” Aurelio and Tyson Griffin are set to do battle on July 5 at UFC 86 in Las Vegas. Sources close to the fight confirmed the bout on Thursday to MMAWeekly.com. The bout agreements have been issued and are expected to be signed by the end of the day.
Griffin is coming off of a win over American Top Team fighter Gleison Tibau at UFC 81 in February. The California native looked strong with his stand-up game as he pummeled Tibau throughout the three-round bout, working his way to a unanimous decision.
After a rocky start to his UFC career, Aurelio has looked dominant in his last two fights, finishing both of his opponents in the first round.
A late change in opponents gave Ryan Roberts the chance to step in against Aurelio at UFC Fight Night 13, but the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt gave him a rude welcome as he dropped Roberts with a punch early on and then finished with a transition to an armbar on the ground.
There has been no official announcement regarding the bout from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but it is believed the bout will be featured on the main card.
UFC 86 Bouts (officially announced):
-Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin
-Joe Stevenson vs. Gleison Tibau
-Frank Mir vs. Justin McCully
-Melvin Guillard vs. Dennis Siver
UFC 86 Bouts (unannounced):
-Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle
-Tyson Griffin vs. Marcus Aurelio
-Justin Buchholz vs. Corey Hill
-Ben Saunders vs. Jared Rollins
-Cole Miller vs. TBA
-Steve Bruno vs. TBA