A knee injury has forced Forrest
Griffin to withdraw from his planned meeting with Phil Davis at
UFC 155, promotion president Dana White announced on
“Forrest has [an] MCL tear and [an] ACL strain,” White wrote.
“Twenty [cubic centimeters] of blood [were] removed from his knee,
and the saga continues at the UFC.”
UFC 155 takes place Dec. 29 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
and is headlined by a heavyweight title rematch pitting reigning
champion Junior dos
Santos against former kingpin Cain
Velasquez. It is currently unknown if the UFC is seeking a
short-notice replacement to step in for Griffin against Davis.
A former light heavyweight champion, Griffin, 33, has won three of
his last four fights. The original “Ultimate Fighter” winner
competed twice last year, outpointing onetime middleweight ruler
Franklin before suffering a knockout loss to Mauricio Rua
in their UFC 134 rematch. Most recently, Griffin took a unanimous
decision from Tito Ortiz in
their rubber match, sending the Hall of Famer into retirement this
past July at UFC 148.
Davis, 28, has tasted defeat just once in his four years as a pro,
dropping a unanimous decision to ex-champion Rashad
Evans last year at UFC on Fox 2. Prior to that setback, “Mr.
Wonderful” began his UFC career with five straight wins, capping
the stretch by outpointing onetime Pride Fighting Championships
Rogerio Nogueira. Davis last competed on Oct. 13, out-wrestling
Brazilian talent Wagner
Prado to earn the nod at UFC 153.