Forrest Griffin is expected to return to the octagon in August following successful surgery earlier this year to repair a broken hand suffered in his loss to Rashad Evans in December. He’s likely to square off with the loser of tonight’s UFC 96 headliner between light heavyweight contenders Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Keith Jardine in the August bout.
MMAFrenzy.com confirmed the schedule and opponents with Griffin on Friday.
Griffin (16-5), the winner of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, leaped into title contention in September 2007 with a submission of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 78. He immediately challenged “Rampage” for the title in July 2008, capturing the belt with a unanimous decision victory. In his first attempted title defense Griffin lost the championship to Evans at UFC 92 via third-round TKO.