Former Strikeforce standout Chad Griggs will make his Octagon debut at UFC 145 in March against undefeated Travis Browne in Montreal. UFC officials on Saturday announced that the promotion had verbal agreements from both parties.
MMAWeekly.com reported Griggs’ signing with the UFC earlier this week, but now he has the first opponent in the Octagon.
Griggs (11-1) originally came to Strikeforce as an opponent for highly touted prospect Bobby Lashley. Most expected that he was brought in as a sacrificial lamb for Lashley. He turned out to be anything but, taking out Lashley after two rounds, then returning with finishes of both Gian Villante and Valentijn Overeem.
He’s got no easy draw in his Octagon debut against Browne, however. The Hawaiian has been on his own impressive streak, having never lost a fight in 13 starts. He is 3-0-1 in the UFC, his only stumble a draw with Cheick Kongo. He enters the bout with Griggs coming off of a win over Rob Broughton at UFC 135 in Denver.
Griggs and Browne will meet at UFC 145 on March 24 in Montreal.