Strikeforce import Chad Griggs (11-2) will make his light-heavyweight debut against division standout Phil Davis (9-1) this summer.
UFC officials confirmed the bout on Monday.
The pair will meet at UFC on FOX 4 on August 4 at Los Angeles' Staples Center, marking the promotion's fourth live event on FOX. A middleweight clash between former Bellator champ Hector Lombard and fellow slugger Brian Stann headlines the August event. Also, a light-heavyweight showdown between Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader will serve as the card's co-main event.
Davis recently tasted defeat for the first time in his career after coming up short on the judges scorecards to Rashad Evans at January's UFC on FOX 2. Prior to the loss, the former NCAA D-1 All American posted a perfect 8-0 record, including victories over Brian Stann, Tim Boetsch and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira inside the Octagon.
Griggs, meanwhile, will make his first appearance at 205-pounds this summer. "Grave Digger" came up short in his Octagon debut at last month's UFC 145 after suffering a first-round submission loss to Travis Browne. The defeat snapped a six-fight win streak — including a 3-0 record under the Strikeforce banner — which consisted of victories over the likes of Bobby Lashley and Valentijn Overeem.
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Matt Manzella is the managing editor for CageReligion.com and host of Cage Religion Radio. Matt has been working in the television broadcasting industry for over seven years and is also a play-by-play commentator and judge for the Impact Fight League and Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting.
Phil Lanni is the co-host of Cage Religion Radio. Phil wrestled three years in the NCWA at Grand Valley State University -- a team that won nationals all three years. As an individual, Phil is a three-time national qualifier and was ranked seventh in the nation at 184-pounds to earn All-American status. Phil also serves as a color commentator and judge for the Impact Fight League.