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.