The Ultimate Fighting Championship, via their website, officially announed today that David Heath will replace Forrest Griffin at UFC 70 in England.
Griffin had been on tap to face Ryoto “Lyoto” Machida, but he had to pull out due to a severe staph infection in his knee.
Heath steps into the Octagon at UFC 70 for the third time in his career. He is 9-0 in his professional career with wins over Cory Walmsley and Victor Valimaki in the UFC.
Machida is also 9-0 in his professional career, and he made his Octagon debut at UFC 67 with a win over Sam Hoger. He also has notable wins over UFC veterans Rich Franklin, Stephan Bonnar, and BJ Penn in other organizations.
Apparently the UFC attempted to sign Keith Jardine and Jason Lambert before turning to Heath, who immediately took the fight. Jardine is out with a shoulder injury and Lambert has not fully recovered from his fight two weeks ago at UFC 68, where he defeated Renato “Babalu” Sobral.
UFC 70 is scheduled to take place on April 21 in Manchester, England. The main event portion of the card is expected to be shown on Spike TV on a tape-delayed basis the same day.