Bobby Lashley will square off against IFL veteran Chad Griggs at the upcoming Strikeforce “Houston” card. Fightlinker already tried to figure out if Griggs is a can or a contender.

Good sign: Griggs has an 8-1 record featuring a lot of quick knockouts, many in the first three minutes of his fights.

Bad sign: He was mainly active back in 2006 / 2007, with only a single fight since then in mid-2009 (against an 0-0 opponent).

Bad sign: Only two of his opponents have records above .500

Bad sign: He’s another Strikeforce virgin brought in to face Lashley.

In other words, the jury’s still out, but considering Strikeforce wants to build toward a Lashley-Batista pay-per-view fight, they probably wouldn’t put Lashley in front of someone they didn’t think he would beat. That eye-rolling story aside, Griggs seems like the right type of opponent for someone with only five professional fights under his belt. But, everyone seems super-insistent on Lashley sinking or swimming against proven competition sooner rather than later, so a win here will undoubtedly do much more than increase the calls for Lashley to step up and face the Arlovski’s and Bigfoot’s of the world.

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime