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Tyson Griffin planning run at featherweight title in 2011

One of the first topics of conversation spawned when the UFC folded WEC’s weight-classes into their own related the possibility of fighters formerly calling 155 home making a move to featherweight with equivalent opportunities in both divisions now at hand. XTreme Couture’s Tyson Griffin was one of the names thrown around based on his build and it appears to have been for good reason, as the 5’6” competitor recently announced on his website he would be dropping to 145 pounds after recovering from surgery to repair some minor tears in his meniscus. He is not expected to be able to train at full speed for at least a few more weeks at which point Griffin said he’ll be willing to commit to an actual opponent.

Beyond the disadvantages now in his rear-view from being simply an undersized lightweight the change in atmosphere may also help rekindle the blaze Griffin seemed to be on earlier in his career. After starting his out with a 12-1 record, the only defeat by way of decision to current lightweight champ Frank Edgar, Griffin has fallen in four of his last six fights including losses in his previous three outings with two the result of barely being outpointed on the judges’ scorecards.

The 14-5 Griffin holds past victories over Hermes Franca, Clay Guida, and Urijah Faber. He last fought at UFC 123 in November where he found himself on the wrong end of a controversial decision giving Nik Lentz a split decision win many felt he didn’t deserve.

  • Angry Mike says:

    If he doesn’t sacrifice strength and power, especially in his takedowns and wrestling, it’s probably a good move. His height and reach are a disadvantage at 155, but losing strength and power to get to 145 may not work, either.

  • MCM says:

    I forget which other site I was on where they talked a lot about how the 145 division (especially in the U.S.) was still in it’s infancy. Jose Aldo gets ranked as one of the best P4P fighters in the world, but he’s dominating a division that has yet to sort itself out (as evidenced by #2 Grispi losing to unheralded Dustin Poirier). I think with a lot of the smaller weight LW’s dropping down, the division will sort itself out pretty clearly over the next 18 months. And the guys that are ruling the weight class now may find themselves stuck in the middle of the pack when it’s all said and done.

  • MCM I agree with you that the division is still in its infancy and I agree with you that it’ll work itself out in awhile, but I think Jose Aldo is somethin special. No one has ever dominated Urijah Faber that way. Mike Brown flash ko’d him on a good punch and then had trouble with a double broken handed Urijah. Jose is bad as hell, but p4p best…i agree alot of people are jumpin the gun on that.

  • MCM says:

    I think Griffin dominated Faber more than Aldo. 😉
    I actually think it was the high ranking of Urijah Faber that started the article.
    But I agree that Aldo is something special, and it’s gonna be awesome to see him really get tested in the UFC.

  • Creature says:

    Im a big fan of griffin and it was hard to see him go through such a rough spot in his career, i always believed he was one of the best at 155 and i think hes gonna be one of the best at 145, i think hes gonna end up giving everyone at that weight class a very tough fight


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