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Tyson Griffin to make featherweight debut against Manny Gamburyan

Tyson Griffin is ready to officially make the move to featherweight. Welcoming him to new the new weight class is fellow former lightweight turn featherweight, Manny Gamburyan. The two are expected to clash at UFC on Versus 4.

UFC officials made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

After being considered a top contender at lightweight for most of his UFC career, Griffin has fallen on hard times recently, losing three fights in a row including the first KO loss of his career courtesy of Takanori Gomi at UFC on Versus 2. Griffin’s most recent loss came by way of controversial split decision at the hands of Nik Lentz this past November. Despite it being his third straight defeat, Dana White did not agree with the decision and decided not to release Griffin from the organization. Griffin now looks to find success at featherweight, starting with Gamburyan.

Gamburyan will try to bounce back from a TKO loss to current UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, his first loss at featherweight. Much like Griffin, Gamburyan moved from lightweight to featherweight after dropping two straight fights at 155. Gamburyan was on a three fight wins streak at featherweight, including a KO victory over former 145 champion Mike Brown, before failing to capture the title in his last bout against Aldo.

UFC on Versus 4 is scheduled for June 26, 2011. While no official venue has been announced, the event is rumored to be taking place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


  • I like this, throw Tyson right into the deep end of the pool with this one. Both guys are great grapplers and while Tyson has the technical advantage on his feet, manny certainly has the power. This could be a real barn barner, a slobber knocker, a fight of the night candidate for sure!

  • Angry Mike says:

    Manny will be a tough match if he is healthy and stays healthy. Good fight.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    This sould be just great. Tyson for sure has the striking advantage and grappling i think will be pretty even.

  • climbarock says:

    IMO, Tyson is a grappler who’s fallen in love with his OK striking (pretty technical but no finishing power), and his most exciting matches come when someone forces him to grapple (the edgar match comes to mind). So I like this matchup.

  • Rece Rock says:

    This is a nice match up just feel like with a win Griffen has much more to gain…

  • Creature says:

    Im a big fan of Tyson and really hope he gets the W here. i think he can be a big force to be reckoned with at 145. hes got very crisp technical striking, fast explosive and a very good grappler. i say he takes this by UD or sub in the 3rd


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