Tyson Griffin vs. Rafael Dos Anjos is currently in the works for UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1 and contracts are expected to be signed this week according to a source close to the negotiations.
The news was first reported by MMAWeekly.
Griffin (12-2), is coming off of a hard fought loss to former UFC lightweight champion and top contender Sean Sherk this past October and looks to right the ship in a stacked UFC lightweight division.
Dos Anjos (11-3), is a Gracie Fusion product who made his UFC debut at UFC 91 against Jeremy Stephens. The high level grappler was performing very well until being caught with a vicious uppercut that sent him to the canvas, ending the fight.
Ultimate Fight Night 18 will take place on April 1 in Nashville, Tenn. and will serve as a lead in to the ninth season of the UFC and Spike TV’s immensely popular reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.
Below is a look at the rumored fight card as it stands:
Efrain Escuedero vs. Jeremy Stephens
Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero
Junie Browning vs. Cole Miller
Steve Steinbeiss vs Ryan Jensen
Aaron Simpson vs Tim McKenzie
Matt Horwich vs Ricardo Almeida
Tyson Griffin vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Melvin Guillard vs. Ronnys Torres