When a promising run in the Strikeforce heavyweight division turned into a rude awakening for the undersized Chad Griggs (11-2) in his UFC debut against Travis Browne, the native of Tucson made the drop to 205 lb. Griggs was originally slated to face Phil Davis in his divisional debut at UFC on Fox 4, but was one of the many fighters who fell to the injury epidemic. “The Grave Digger” will now make his light heavyweight debut at UFC 154, which takes place November 17 at Montreal’s Bell Centre.
Welcoming Griggs to the division will be perennial light heavyweight Cyrille Diabate (18-8-1), whose resume reads like a who’s who of the last ten years. A PRIDE veteran, “The Snake” holds a 3-2 record in the UFC, most recently taking a majority decision over Tom Deblass at UFC on Fuel TV 2. The French kickboxer’s promotional tenure has also seen take victories over Luiz Cane and former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Steve Cantwell.