When Josh Grispi steps into the Octagon on October 8 at UFC 136 the former featherweight contender may not only be fighting for a win – he could very well be fighting for his job too. A loser in two straight bouts, Grispi will face 13-4 Matt Grice at the event in hopes of getting back on track after ending four consecutive opponents’ evenings in the opening round of action under WEC’s banner prior to the slide.
The UFC officially announced the pairing through their website along with a heavyweight scrap at the show featuring Dave Herman and Mike Russow.
At this point a year ago Grispi was viewed as being the top threat to 145-pound champ Jose Aldo’s belt but was picked apart by Dustin Poirier at UFC 125 while waiting for the Brazilian title-holder to heal from an injury. He then followed up the lackluster performance with a similar outing last month against George Roop. However, the defeats were only the second and third of the young Northeasterner’s career and ended a ten-fight winning streak. “The Fluke” holds an overall record of 14-3 with thirteen stoppages including success against Jens Pulver, L.C. Davis, and Mark Hominick.
Grice is also likely competing for continued employment in the UFC this fall after suffering an opening round TKO loss at UFC Live 4 in his return to the company’s stage. Prior to the knockout the 29-year old had strung together a quartet of victories including two first frame finishes.
UFC 136 is scheduled for Houston and is expected to involve a “Fan Expo” in addition to a possible title-fight between heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and explosive striker Junior dos Santos.
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