Originally rumored to be taking place at UFC 113 in Montreal, MMAJunkie.com is reporting that the light heavyweight matchup between Forrest Griffin and the younger of the battling Nogueira twins will be taking place at UFC 114 in Las Vegas instead. The move from UFC 113 on May 8 to UFC 114 on May 29 will provide the fighters with a few more training sessions to prepare themselves and their game plans.
Forrest Griffin (17-6) last fought at UFC 106 where he headlined opposite Tito Ortiz in a fight he won by split decision. That win broke a two fight losing streak that saw Griffin lose his first title defense via TKO by Rashad Evans and then get completely dismantled in the first round against a terrifying Anderson Silva. Griffin will look to put himself back into title contention with a win over Nogueira.
Twin brother to UFC heavyweight title contender Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, Antonio Rogerio “Minotouro” Nogueira (18-3) rode into the UFC after his brother and on a five fight win streak. “Little Nog” made his UFC debut at light heavyweight against tough striker Luiz Arthur Cane and ended that fight by KO in the first round. With a win over Griffin, Nogueira could put himself in position to face off against current title challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in a rematch of their epic back and forth battle at “PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005″, a match made all the more interesting if Rua beats Lyoto Machida for the belt.
UFC 114 will feature a light heavyweight grudge match between Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and will take place on May 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.