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Griffin vs. Dunham, Wiman vs. Danzig on Spike TV Prelims for UFC 115

New York, NY, May 11, 2010 – Spike TV will telecast live undercard bouts from UFC® 115: LIDDELL vs. FRANKLIN on Saturday, June 12 at 9:00 PM ET/ 6:00 PM PT from the GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. The one-hour telecast will run with limited commercial interruption. UFC 115 will air on pay-per-view at 10:00 PM ET.

The first bout scheduled to air on Spike TV is in the lightweight division, and features a former winner of “The Ultimate Fighter,” as Mac Danzig (20-7-1) squares off against Matt Wiman (11-5). Fighting out Los Angeles, CA, Danzig was the winner of Season 6 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” defeating Tommy Speer to capture the crown. He most recently defeated Justin Buchholz at UFC 109, and he hopes to make it two in a row by defeating Wiman at UFC 115.

Hailing from Dallas, TX, “Handsome” Matt Wiman appeared on Season 5 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” and notched his first win in the UFC at the season finale against Brian Geraghty. He boasts a 5-3 record inside the UFC Octagon™, with wins over Thiago Tavares and Shane Nelson on his resume, as well as a Fight of The Night battle against Sam Stout. Widely respected for his toughness, Wiman hopes to emerge from his bout with Danzig with his hand raised, and still “Handsome.”

The evening’s second televised bout is also a lightweight contest, and pits rising star Evan Dunham (10-0) against longtime contender Tyson Griffin (14-2). Training with Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Dunham has won his first three contests in the UFC against Per Eklund, Marcus Aurelio and Efrain Escudero. Compiling an undefeated record in the UFC, with only two bouts going to decision, Dunham will be looking to use his effective mixture of striking and grappling ability to take out his toughest opponent to date, his teammate Tyson Griffin.

Tyson Griffin
has defeated an impressive roster of opponents en route to his 7-2 record with the organization, including wins over the likes of Clay Guida, Hermes Franca and Gleison Tibau. With his aggressive striking, he is also widely known as one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC, having captured “Fight of the Night” honors five times during his career. He’ll look to make it a sixth time with a victory over Dunham.
Other bouts on the card might air on Spike TV, to be determined by the length of the fights.

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5 COMMENTS
  • Guthookd says:

    Nice. Both great match ups.

    Team mate vs. team mate….much respect for that one. They have to find out who is better and there is only one way to get that done….FIGHT!

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Any fight with Tyson Griffen in it is going to be exciting, and Dunham is no slouch. This may be the first time I ever cheer for Danzig to win a ufc fight.

  • Rece Rock says:

    good prelims… can’t wait!

    Some promotions would take some of UFC’s prelims as Co-Main events…

  • hindsightufuk says:

    dont get why UFC isnt promoting Tyson more, the guy is a title contender who has exciting fights, he should be on the main card. but no, instead we get cro cop/barry & Rothwell/Yvel.
    I’ll take Dunham/Griffin over those two fights any day

  • Metal Jim says:

    I agree, hindsightufuk, that Tyson Griffin deserves main-card status just based on the exciting nature of his fights. I hesitate, however to call him a title contender, until he has beaten some true upper echelon fighters in the LW division (and to be fair, other than Sherk, he hasn’t really been given a chance). I do believe he has a lot of potential, and with things shaken up the way they are right now in LW, the timing couldn’t be better for a decisive finish, as aside from his last fight against Franca, Griffin is a UD machine.

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