Due to an undisclosed injury, Chad Griggs won’t be making his light-heavyweight debut against Phil Davis at UFC on FOX 4 in August, which is probably for the best. (Not trying to hate on you, Grave Digger; it was just a bad matchup, that’s all). Coming in for Davis is an Octagon newcomer who will probably be an even heavier underdog than Griggs would have been — undefeated Team Nogueira product Wagner “Caldeirao” Prado.
Prado’s 8-0 record (seven by KO/TKO) looks good on paper, but his competition has been entry-level at best; his last three opponents had a combined record of 1-4 at the time of their fights. Taking on a world-class fighter in your UFC debut after a couple years spent beating on local yokels is rarely a recipe for success. So, barring any Dos Santos vs. Werdum-caliber world-shocking, Mr. Wonderful should have this one in the bag.
After the jump: The full lineup of UFC on FOX 4, plus two videos of Prado doing work.
UFC on FOX 4: Stann vs. Lombard
August 4th, 2012
Staples Center; Los Angeles, CA
Brian Stann vs. Hector Lombard (MW)
Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader (LHW)
Travis Browne vs. Ben Rothwell (HW)
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado (LHW)
Phil De Fries vs. Oli Thompson (HW)
Matt Mitrione vs. Rob Broughton (HW)
Joe Lauzon vs. Terry Etim (LW)
Manvel Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa (FW)
Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson (WW)
Josh Grispi vs. Pablo Garza (FW)
Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan (FW)
(Wagner Prado def. Mario Dias via head-kick and savage tomahawk chop, 10/3/09)
(Wagner Prado def. Alexandre Imperador via “leg-kick TKO” that looks a hell of a lot like a “nut-kick TKO,” 6/30/10)