Highly touted as the next big star in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight division, Tyson Griffin finds himself in unfamiliar territory… coming off of a loss. Tomorrow in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he looks to get back on track, but it will be no easy task as he faces fellow rising talent Clay Guida.
Griffin spent the early portion of his career training under the guidance of David Terrell in Northern California. Prior to his last fight, a loss to upstart Frankie Edgar, he made the move to Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas midstream.
“More preparation problems than fight problems, I felt I fought pretty well considering my training camp,” said Griffin of his performance against Edgar, ending up on the losing end of a unanimous decision.
Now that he is established at Xtreme Couture, Griffin feels his preparation is the best it’s ever been and he’s ready to show it against Guida at the Odyssey Arena. “We’ve got a great lightweight training camp. It’s probably the first time that I’ve got to train specifically with lightweights for my fight. So, it’s kind of a new thing for me, getting to work with fast-paced guys all the time has got me in better shape.”
Despite the bump in the road with the loss to Edgar, Griffin still feels his ready to be the ‘next big thing’ in the UFC’s lightweight division. “I definitely feel like it. I hit a little bump in the road and I’m ready to move on to bigger and better things. Hopefully I’ll get through Clay Guida here with a ‘W’ and get my chance to fight one of those guys that are in the UFC rankings… and start working towards the title maybe.”
If the 8-1 Griffin gets past Guida, it would be very realistic to see him get a shot at one of the UFC contenders. With the look, attitude and skills of a champion, Griffin would be a welcome addition to any UFC title race. But he’s first got to get over the next bump in the road in Clay Guida on Saturday at UFC 72.
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