Joe Stevenson has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled matchup against Takanori Gomi at UFC on Versus 2 after suffering a knee injury in training, but Tyson Griffin has agreed to face Gomi on short notice at the August 1 event in San Diego, Dave Meltzer reports.
Griffin (14-3) earned wins over Rafael dos Anjos and Hermes Franca in 2009, but dropped a split decision to undefeated prospect Evan Dunham at UFC 115 in Vancouver earlier this month.
After rebounding from back-to-back losses with two-straight wins, the former PRIDE champ Gomi (31-6) made his anticipated UFC debut in March, but suffered a third-round submission to lightweight contender Kenny Florian.
A timetable for Stevenson’s return has yet to be determined, with the former 155-pound challenger coming off a unanimous decision loss to George Sotiropoulos in February after earning wins over Nate Diaz and Spencer Fisher to end 2009.
UFC on Versus 2 is headlined by rising light heavyweight Jon Jones vs. veteran Vladimir Matyushenko and the UFC on Versus 2 fight card also includes Yushin Okami vs. Mark Munoz and John Howard vs. Jake Ellenberger.
Pictured: Tyson Griffin