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Max Griffin vs. Curtis Millender in the works for UFC 226 in Las Vegas

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A tantalizing matchup between top welterweight prospects Max Griffin (14-4) and Curtis Millender (15-3) is currently in the works for UFC 226 on July 7 from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, per a recent report by MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani.

The bout has yet to be finalized, but could become official in the coming week.

Griffin, 32, got back into the UFC win column this past February when he defeated hard-hitting Mike Perry via unanimous decision. Before that, “Pain” struggled to find consistency amidst a 1-2 record, which included a 2016 TKO loss to Colby Covington. Griffin seems to have turned a corner in his UFC career and is a name on the rise entering the second half of 2018.

Millender, 30, burst onto the UFC scene with a vicious knockout win over former welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves earlier this year. The Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) standout looks primed to run a mock outside of the division’s top 15, but will need a big win over Griffin to catapult himself into a matchup against a ranked opponent by year’s end.

UFC 226 will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight pitting current champion Stipe Miocic against UFC light heavyweight king Daniel Cormier. The co-main event will be between UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and undefeated challenger Brian Ortega.

For complete UFC 226 fight card news click here.

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