Chad Griggs has been reported to have suffered an undisclosed injury, forcing the former heavyweight to withdraw from his bout with Phil Davis (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at UFC on Fox 4 on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles, CA. The bout was set to be Griggs’ light heavyweight debut. Instead, promotional new comer, Wagner Prado (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will now have the chance to take a leap in the division. Prado, a Sao Paulo, Brazil native, training out of team Nogueira, recently stated this on the opportunity.
My biggest dream is to be the UFC light heavyweight champion of the world and thank God I’m on the right track, but I’ll go up one step at a time. I’m working toward achieving my goal and one day I’ll be there.”
The undefeated 24-year-old talent had received the shot after finishing five of his seven opponents in the first round. The young prospect will now look to make his first appearance on the biggest platform on broadcast television.
Prado will not only need to deal with the limelight, but with a top level collegiate wrestler who has only suffered a recent loss to the former champ, Rashad Evans at UFC on Fox 2. Prior to the loss, Davis looked to be a top contender as he defeated five-straight UFC opponents, including Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, Tim Boetsch, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.