by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Tyson Griffin will get a chance to erase the thoughts of his last fight sooner rather than later.
The Xtreme Couture fighter dropped a tough fight to Evan Dunham in his last trip to the Octagon, but he’ll look to redeem himself when he faces Takanori Gomi at UFC on Versus 2 on Aug. 1 after Gomi’s original opponent, Joe Stevenson, was forced out of the fight with a knee injury.
Sources close to the fight confirmed the change with MMAWeekly.com on Monday. The news was first reported by f4wonline.com.
Following an injury that kept him out of a fight in January, Griffin returned to action in June and squared off with fellow Xtreme Couture fighter Evan Dunham. After a tough three rounds, Dunham pulled off a split decision victory.
Now Griffin steps up on just over one month’s notice to fill the slot vacated by Stevenson. This will be Gomi’s second appearance in the UFC. In his debut, the Japanese fighter lost by rear naked choke to top five lightweight Kenny Florian.
The bout between Griffin and Gomi will still occupy the same slot on the televised card for the UFC on Versus 2 show set for Aug. 1 in San Diego.