With only three months to go until the UFC’s return to Montreal on March 24, a hard-hitting Heavyweight tilt pitting the undefeated Travis ‘Hapa’ Browne (12-0-1) against Strikeforce (SF) import Chad ‘Grave Digger’ Griggs (11-1) has been added to the card.
In a combined 25 fights, the two competitors have finished by KO/TKO 18 times.
Browne was last seen earning a sluggish decision in Denver’s high altitude over Rob Broughton at UFC 135 last September. In his prior fight in May at UFC 130, the 29 year-old Hawaiian sent Stefan Struve crashing to the ground in spectacular fashion with an opening round superman punch KO.
Griggs, 33, will be competing in the UFC for the first time. He joins Alistair Overeem, and Fabricio Werdum, among other Heavweights moving over from Strikeforce. Dana White recently announced that Strikeforce’s 206+ lbs division would be shuttered some time in 2012, with the assumption that most fighters would be brought over to fill out what is arguably the UFC’s thinnest division.
Griggs, easily recognizable by his mutton chop sideburns, ended former pro wrestler Bobby Lashley‘s SF run in August 2010, and more recently forced Alistair’s brother Valentijn Overeem to tap to strikes in June.
UFC 145 will be the promotion’s fifth stop in Montreal. The Heavyweight bout joins the already confirmed Welterweight fight pitting Tristar’s Rory MacDonald (12-1) against Che Mills (14-4).