Griffin (17-6) edged Tito Ortiz by split decision in November to snap a two-fight losing streak to Rashad Evans and Anderson Silva, while Nogueira (18-3) made his UFC debut on the same card, jumping into contention with a first-round “Knockout of the Night” of Luiz Cane for his sixth-straight win.
The UFC is expected to find a replacement to face Nogueira in the UFC 114 co-main event. It is not yet known when Griffin will be able to return to the Octagon.
UFC 114 is headlined by a grudge match between former 205-pound champs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans, and also includes Michael Bisping vs. Dan Miller, Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow, and John Hathaway vs. Diego Sanchez.
Pictured: Forrest Griffin