Rising lightweights Thiago Tavares and Tyson Griffin will face off at UFC 76 in Anaheim.
Tavares entered the UFC earlier this year with an 11-0 mixed martial arts record which he has improved to 13-0 with consecutive wins in the UFC. Thiago defeated Naoyuki Kotani at UFC Fight Night 9 in April by unanimous decision. He added another UFC win at UFC Fight Night 10 in June with a second round submission win over Jason Black.
Griffin debuted in the UFC with a 7-0 MMA record against David Lee at UFC 63 last fall. Griffin won the fight by submission in the first round. In his next fight Griffin lost to Frank Edgar at UFC 67 this past February. He bounced back with a close and controversial split decision victory over Clay Guida at UFC 72 in a fight many felt Guida should have won.
With the lightweight division in disarray following the positive drug tests by Sean Sherk and Hermes Franca (pending appeals), either fighter could become a top contender in the 155 pound division with a win at UFC 76.