Tyson Griffin will make his Octagon featherweight debut at UFC
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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
The event, while not officially announced by the promotion, is
expected to take place in Pittsburgh at the Consol Energy
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,
Garcia and former champion Mike Thomas
Brown, en route to a title shot against dominant champion
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.