Tyson Griffin will make his Octagon featherweight debut at UFC Live 4. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com


When Tyson Griffin proclaimed in an online video that he would be making the cut to featherweight, it wasn't an empty promise.

UFC officials today announced that the longtime lightweight competitor will make his Octagon debut at 145 pounds against former WEC title challenger Manny Gamburyan at June 26’s UFC Live 4.

The event, while not officially announced by the promotion, is expected to take place in Pittsburgh at the Consol Energy Center.

After winning six of seven fights in the UFC's lightweight division from 2007 to 2009, Griffin has lost three straight. Griffin first fell by split decision to prospect Evan Dunham at UFC 115 and followed that loss with a brutal, one-punch knockout defeat at the hands of Takanori Gomi 10 months later at UFC Live 2.

Most recently, the Xtreme Couture product found himself on the losing end of a controversial split decision loss to Minnesota Martial Arts Academy standout Nik Lentz at UFC 123 in November.

A lightweight finalist on “The Ultimate Fighter 5,” Gamburyan has found success since making the cut to featherweight in 2009. Following back-to-back defeats inside the Octagon to Robert Emerson and Thiago Tavares, “The Anvil” ran off three-straight wins in the WEC, besting John Franchi, Leonard Garcia and former champion Mike Thomas Brown, en route to a title shot against dominant champion Jose Aldo. Unfortunately for the judo specialist, his chance at the gold was obliterated by “Junior,” as the Brazilian earned a second-round knockout to retain his belt.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

The MMA Hour - 294 - George Lockhart

  • 20 days ago
  • 4 views

George Lockhart, Cris Cyborg's nutritionist, will talk about her chances of making 135 pounds and more. read news >>

Dana on UFC offering Cyborg a Rousey fight: 'Tito is just making this s**t up'

  • 22 days ago
  • 12 views

The UFC president responded to Tito Ortiz' claim that the UFC had offered Cris Cyborg a fight against Ronda Rousey this fall at the Dallas Cowboy's stadium. Well that didn't take long. Friday night, read news >>

Dana White calls Tito Ortiz's claims on Ronda Rousey vs. Cyborg Justino 'a total lie'

  • 23 days ago
  • 11 views

The news making the rounds Saturday claiming that Dana White offered Cyborg Justino a fight against UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was a surprise to many. Among those most surprised, read news >>

Watch UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Teixeira live stream online, fight time, TV schedule

  • 23 days ago
  • 13 views

UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Teixeira takes place tonight from the American Airlines Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The festivities begin with three fights on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET, and read news >>

Watch UFC Fight Night 73 live stream online

  • 23 days ago
  • 37 views

The complete UFC Fight Night 73 mixed martial arts (MMA) event will air later this evening (Sat., Aug. 8, 2015) on FOX Sports 1, with "Prelims" on FOX Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass, featuring a five-ro read news >>

Dana White congratulates Ronda Rousey for making UFC 190 'No. 1 PPV of 2015'

  • 23 days ago
  • 182 views

The UFC president tweeted his women's champion for multiple accomplishments this year, including the best pay-per-view of 2015. One week ago at UFC 190, Ronda Rousey demolished another challenger in read news >>

Watch GLORY 23 live stream online from Las Vegas

  • 24 days ago
  • 70 views

GLORY 23 takes place TONIGHT (Fri., Aug. 7, 2015) from Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, headlined by a rematch between Nieky Holzken and Raymond Daniels for the vacant welterweight ti read news >>

Glory 23 live stream online: Watch Superfight Series live stream right here

  • 25 days ago
  • 5 views

This Friday, Bloody Elbow has you all set to watch the Glory Superfight Series live, as it airs. Watch the live stream from the Glory 23 Las Vegas Superfights, right here. This Friday, August 7, Glor read news >>

Ronda Rousey would be 'close' to making Floyd Mayweather's money in 50 fights

  • 26 days ago
  • 12 views

UFC women's star Ronda Rousey discusses the pay gap between herself and Floyd Mayweather. 'Money' Mayweather is an apt nickname for the boxing legend. The undefeated boxer earned a staggering $180 mi read news >>

Myles Jury Drops to UFC's Featherweight Division, Moves Camp to Power MMA

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

Myles Jury is making changes. After spending the entirety of his seven-fight UFC career in the lightweight division, the 26-year-old Jury will shed 10 pounds and test his luck at featherweight, accor read news >>