Davis to fight Griffin at UFC 155 in December

October 19, 2012, 10:17 PM

Phil Davis will fight former light-heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at the year-end UFC 155 show, replacing Chael Sonnen after the latter was pulled from the bout to coach Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter against Jon Jones.

The organization announced that verbal agreements are in place for the new matchup on its website Friday afternoon.

Davis is coming off a dominant submission win over Wagner Prado at UFC 153 in Brazil on Oct. 13. Griffin defeated Tito Ortiz by unanimous decision at UFC 148 on July 7.

UFC 155, which is headlined by the heavyweight championship rematch between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez, takes place on Dec. 29 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Also on the main card is a middleweight contender showdown between Chris Weidman and Tim Boetsch and a lightweight bout between Gray Maynard and Joe Lauzon.

In other UFC news

Matt Riddle and Francisco Rivera failed drug tests for banned substances following wins at this summer’s UFC 149 in Calgary, according to MMAjunkie.com.

Riddle, who tested positive for marijuana, defeated Canadian Chris Clements at the July 21 event at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Rivera, who knocked out Winnipeg’s Roland Delorme, reportedly failed the test due to the use of an over-the-counter stimulant.

Since it was each fighter’s first offence, they were retroactively suspended 90 days, making them eligible to fight again as of Friday. Neither win was overturned.

Clements, who fought with an injured shoulder, told theScore.com that he feels the result should be changed to a no contest and the loss erased on his record.

“Drugs are prohibited,” Clements said via text. “So it should be a no contest. But as (sic) the same time I don’t see weed as performance enhancement. I fought injured and maybe if I smoked weed it would have killed the pain so I could of (sic) trained properly.”

UFC 153 medial suspensions

Five fighters received 180-day medical bans following UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro. Here is the full list of suspensions released to MMAjunkie.com by the Association of Boxing Commissions:

– Glover Teixeira: suspended for 180 days unless cleared by negative X-ray of right hand and right elbow; also suspended for 45 days, including 30 days without contact

– Fabio Maldonado: suspended for 180 days unless cleared by neurological exam; also suspended for 45 days, including 30 days without contact

– Sergio Moraes: suspended for 180 days unless cleared by negative MRI of right knee and cleared by physician; also suspended for 45 days, including 30 days without contact

– Chris Camozzi: suspended for 180 days unless cleared by negative X-ray of nasal bone; also suspended for 45 days, including 30 days without contact

– Luiz Cane: suspended for 180 days unless cleared by negative X-ray of left orbital and nasal bone; also suspended for 45 days, including 30 days without contact

– Stephan Bonnar: suspended for 45 days, including 30 days without contact

– Cristiano Marcello: suspended for 45 days, including 30 days without contact

– Reza Madadi: suspended for 45 days, including 30 days without contact

– Sam Sicilia: suspended for 45 days, including 30 days without contact

– Dave Herman: suspended for 30 days, including 21 days without contact

– Erick Silva: suspended for 30 days, including 21 days without contact

– Diego Brandao: suspended for 30 days, including 21 days without contact

– Joey Gambino: suspended for 30 days, including 21 days without contact

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