According to MMA Weekly, bout agreements are expected to be signed soon for the 155-pound contest.
A winner of 6 of his 8 UFC bouts, Griffin (13-2) rebounded from an October loss to Sean Sherk with a unanimous decision victory over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 18 in April. Griffin, who was won five “Fight of the Night” bonuses in less than 3 years in the UFC, holds previous wins over Urijah Faber, Clay Guida, Marcus Aurelio, Gleison Tibau, and Thiago Tavares among others.
Following eight-straight victories, Franca (19-7) challenged Sherk for the lightweight title in July 2007, but suffered a unanimous decision defeat and was then suspended for a year after testing positive for steroids. After suffering a loss to Frankie Edgar in his return last July, Franca bounced back with a win over Aurelio last October. He had been scheduled to fight Joe Lauzon in February but was forced out of the contest with a knee injury.
UFC 103, which has not yet been officially announced, is also rumored to include Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg and Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller.
[Pictured: Tyson Griffin]