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    Hermes Franca vs. Tyson Griffin targeted for September's UFC 103 in Dallas |

    A lightweight bout between Hermes Franca (19-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) and Tyson Griffin (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) will take place in September at UFC 103.

    Sources close to the fighters told (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | that bout agreements have not been signed but both competitors have verbally agreed to the fight.

    The Sept. 19 fight will take place on the main card of the event, which airs live on pay-per-view from the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

    Franca returns to action for the first time since a torn ACL forced him out of a February UFC Fight Night 17 bout with Joe Lauzon. Prior to the fight, he scored a unanimous-decision win over Marcus Aurelio to rebound from back-to-back losses to Sean Sherk and Frankie Edgar (the only two opponents Griffin has ever lost to).

    Prior to the losses, Franca had posted eight consecutive victories, which included wins over Toby Imada (who went to become Bellator's lightweight tournament runner-up), Jamie Varner (who later became WEC's lightweight champion), Nate Diaz (to defend the WEC lightweight title) and Spencer Fisher (who's 4-1 since the loss).

    Griffin, meanwhile, enters the fight with five wins in his past six fights (all in the UFC) and a unanimous-decision win over Rafael dos Anjos in his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 17. Aside from a decision loss to Sherk in October, Griffin is undefeated over the past two years. Even in his two losses (to Edgar and Sherk), Griffin has excelled, winning five Fight of the Night bonuses and one Submission of the Night award in just eight career UFC fights.

    As first reported earlier this month, bout agreement were distributed so that UFC 103 will also feature Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg in a featured welterweight bout. However, a main event for the show will likely be announced in the next few weeks.

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  2. #2
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    Sep 2006


    i wonder what his hair color is gonna be this time?

  3. #3
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    Apr 2007


    This should be a good fight with Griffin winning a close decision.

  4. #4
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    Feb 2009


    Yea im going with Tyson Griffin plus I think he has the advantage in standup.


  5. #5
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    Sep 2008
    Greater Toronto Area.


    this card looks to be shaping up.

  6. #6
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    Mar 2009
    Mainland US


    Unfortunately I think this will go the distance, with Franca frantically trying to take it to the ground every time Griffin throws that straight right hand. It will be pretty dominant and an easy win for Tyson.

    That is of course unless Franca decides to use some super secret steroid this time....

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