A light heavyweight showdown between Chad Griggs
Diabate is slated for UFC
154, promotion officials announced Wednesday morning.
UFC 154 takes place Nov. 17 at Bell Centre in Montreal and is
headlined by a welterweight title unification bout between
returning champion Georges St.
Pierre and interim titlist Carlos
A former IFL and Strikeforce heavyweight talent, Griggs made his
UFC debut in April, submitting to a Travis
Browne arm-triangle choke at UFC 145. “The Grave Digger” was
expected to make the drop to light heavyweight at August’s UFC on
Fox 4, but an injury forced Griggs to withdraw from that booking
against Phil Davis.
The 34-year-old was perfect in his Strikeforce career prior to
setting foot in the Octagon, finishing Bobby
Villante and Valentijn
Overeem during his time with the promotion.
Diabate was previously slated to face hard-punching Brazilian
Maldonado, but that pairing was scrapped after Maldonado was
plucked from the contest in order to replace an injured Quinton
Jackson against Glover
Teixeira at UFC 153. Diabate, 39, has posted a 3-2 record in
the UFC, alternating wins and losses since his 2010 promotional
debut. The Frenchman owns Octagon wins over Luiz Cane,
Cantwell and Tom DeBlass,
defeating the latter in his most recent outing on April 14 at UFC
on Fuel TV 2.