Watch the video here of Forrest Griffin will finally see action again this time against former middleweight champ Rich “Ace” Franklin. Griffin vs Franklin will be the co-headliner status under an expected title fight between middleweight champ Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.
Before knocking out Chuck Lidell in his recent outing, Franklin dropped two of three with a split-decision defeat to Dan Henderson and a TKO loss to Vitor Belfort. A unanimous-decision win over Wanderlei Silva took place between the two defeats.
Griffin, returns to competition for the first time since a November 2009 split-decision win over Tito Ortiz. The victory came after back-to-back losses to Rashad Evans (in a title fight) and Anderson Silva (who moved up a weight class). “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner was scheduled to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 114 but backed out after sustaining a shoulder injury.
MAIN CARD Champ Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort (for middleweight title) Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha Ryan Bader vs. Jon Jones Antonio Banuelos vs. Miguel Torres
PRELIMINARY CARD Paul Kelly vs. Donald Cerrone* Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa Gabe Ruediger vs. Paul Taylor Demetrious Johnson vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto Kyle Kingsbury vs. Ricardo Romero Mike Pierce vs. Kenny Robertson