Tyson Griffin vs. Rafael dos Anjos UFN18 bout likely headed to main card
A UFC Fight Night 18 bout between Tyson Griffin (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (11-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) originally scheduled for the night's preliminary card will instead likely be promoted to the night's televised main card.
Although not definite, a bout between Jeremy Stephens and Gleison Tibau, who was a late replacement for "The Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Efrain Escudero, could be demoted to the preliminary card.
UFC Fight Night 18 takes place April 1 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tenn. It serves as a lead-in for the upcoming ninth season of "The Ultimate Fighter," which features a U.S. vs. U.K. theme.
The Stephens vs. Escudero fight was originally slated as the night's co-main event until Escudero announced on Wednesday he suffered an injury during training. MMAjunkie.com later learned it was a rib injury that forced his departure from the card.
Meanwhile, having Griffin on the main card should quiet some critics. When the UFC and Spike TV announced the UFN18 main card, many complained that Griffin wasn't on it (especially when Junie Browning vs. Cole Miller was). Although he recently snapped a four-fight win streak with a recent loss to Sean Sherk, Griffin remains a lightweight contender and has won four Fight of the Night bonuses and one Submission of the Night award in his seven UFC fights.
Griffin will meet dos Anjos, who looks for his first UFC win after a devastating knockout loss to Stephens at UFC 91.