UFC 137: Tyson Griffin vs Bart Palaszewski announced for Oct. 29 in Las Vegas

via www.fighters.com

As if this card couldn't get any better.

Featherweight fisticuffs are headed for "Sin City," as a clash pitting a much slimmer Tyson Griffin against an Octagon debuting Bart Palaszewski has been added to the UFC 137: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" event on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The promotion announced as much on its website earlier today.

Griffin is back at 145-pounds after a lightweight run concluded with three consecutive losses to Evan Dunham, Takanori Gomi and Nik Lentz, respectively.

That's not exactly a who's who of the division, although two of the bouts were closely contested fights that could have gone either way. Of course, "almost" only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, so it was down to featherweight for the former top contender.

He made his re-debut in the division a successful one when he bested Manny Gamburyan at UFC on Versus 4 in yet another razor thin decision. Are we ever going to see a more dominant Tyson Griffin?

If we will, it won't come easy, at least not in this fight. That's because he's taking on Bart Palaszewski, a longtime veteran of the sport who will walk to the Octagon having competed in 29 more professional fights.

That's an entire career's worth.

Of course, of those 49 fights, not one of them has happened in the UFC. "Bartimus" was set to debut with the promotion back in May but suffered an injury that has kept him on the sidelines until now. His layoff will have lasted for nearly a year by fight time.

Rust and potential Octagon jitters? Not a good combination.

UFC 137 will feature welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre putting his title -- and legacy -- on the line when he goes head on against former Strikeforce king Nick Diaz. The co main event will highlight a potential number one contender bout pitting B.J. Penn vs. Carlos Condit.

Mirko Filipovic vs. Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo have also been announced for the card, as well as the Octagon debut of Hatsu Hioki vs. George Roop.

For the latest UFC 137: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" news and notes click here.

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