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Chad Griggs vs. Travis Browne Booked for UFC 145 in Montreal

(Travis Browne makes Stefan Struve do his fainting cat impression at UFC 130. / Photo via MMAFighting)

A little update to our “Hell yeah, Chad Griggs is coming to the UFC” story from last week: The UFC has announced that Griggs’s Octagon debut will come against Travis “Hapa” Browne, the towering up-and-comer whose 3-0-1 UFC record includes first-round knockouts of Stefan Struve and James McSweeney, and a recent decision win over Rob Broughton. (He also had that ugly draw against Cheick Kongo, but the less said about that fight the better.) Griggs and Browne will meet at UFC 145, March 24th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

In other words, Griggs won’t be developed slowly against hand-picked opponents — it’ll either be sink or swim against one of the most talented heavyweights coming up the ranks. Then again, Griggs made his name in Strikeforce by beating up guys who were supposed to be better than him, so really, who knows. As of now, the only other fight slated for UFC 145 is a welterweight feature between Rory MacDonald and Che Mills.

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TeilaTuliTooth- December 28, 2011 at 6:22 am
Its the footnote i find most interesting, fuck griggs and browne..
So Rory is being fed a striker with no wrestling. And another fight which doesn't move him up the ladder. That's lame, give him some real competition, like Koz or Ellenberger or Shields. Boyz ready.
SnackDaddy- December 28, 2011 at 2:30 am
I approve of the match-up, but calling Travis Browne "one of the most talented heavyweights coming up the ranks" is a fucking joke. the guy's just been lucky so far and hasn't fought any one of credible standard. I just hate his hands by the side fighting style. It's begging for a KO of the year.
Todd M- December 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm
Chad Griggs UFC HW Champ 2013.
XENOPHON- December 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm
CP finally says it straight. "Griggs won’t be developed slowly against hand-picked’ll either be sink or swim against one of the most talented heavyweights coming up the ranks."
Poor Montreal, Canada. They only have 2 fights scheduled. Maybe Koscheck will return to save the day?