UFC officials have selected Phil Davis to take the place of Chael Sonnen for UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II. Davis will meet Forrest Griffin on the December 29 card from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In the main event, UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos will defend his title against Cain Velasquez. Dos Santos won the belt from Velasquez last year.
Davis (10-1) recently earned a submission victory over Wagner Prado in impressive fashion. He lost to Rashad Evans in the beginning of 2011.
Griffin (19-7) topped Tito Ortiz this past July, improving to 3-1 in his last four bouts.
Sonnen was removed from the scheduled fight after accepting a spot on The Ultimate Fighter opposite UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Sonnen-Jones will meet in April.