Surging lightweight contender Tyson Griffin (14-2) is in talks to take on undefeated prospect Evan Dunham (10-0) at the upcoming UFC 115 event scheduled for the General Motors Place in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, on June 12, according to MMAWeekly.
The embattled Griffin finally notched himself a finish inside the Octagon after knocking off Hermes Franca at UFC 103 on Sept. 19 in Dallas. The talented Xtreme Couture product is the winner of a staggering five "Fight of the Night" bonuses but had gone to a decision in seven straight bouts dating back to 2006 and taking heat from fans and media alike in his inability to seal the deal -- despite going 6-2 during that span.
The veteran lightweight seemed to be keeping himself out of serious title consideration with his inability to finish, something likely to be forgotten -- and quickly -- if he can make it two stoppages in a row with a premature ending against the crafty grappler.
Dunham has looked invincible since demolishing Per Ecklund in his Octagon debut at UFC 95: "Sanchez vs. Stevenson" in early 2009. He followed that up with a split decision victory over the dangerous Marcus Aurelio at UFC 102: "Couture vs. Nogueira" last August.
The submissions specialist cemented his place among the top lightweight prospects with a bona fide ass kicking of Efrain Escudero at last month's UFC Fight Night 20 event in Fairfax. He made a statement against "Hencho en Mexico" with a grisly armbar that has now gotten him a major step up in competition.
Will he be ready?
UFC 115 is expected to feature the third (and hopefully final) dance between TUF 11 Coaches and former light heavyweight champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, as well as a 170-pound scrap between Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for future updates on this still-developing fight card.