By Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Tyson Griffin faces American Top Team trained Gleison Tibau this weekend at UFC 81 in an Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight match up that Griffin hopes will end in knockout of the night fashion.
With his preparation basically concluded, Griffin is counting down the days to Saturday. He commented, “It’s been an anxious week where you don’t get to hit anybody in the face or get to throw anything hard. You’ve just got to workout and sweat.”
“I’ve had a better training camp than last time, staying healthier and in better shape. I’m just ready to get this thing over with,” the Xtreme Couture trained fighter told MMAWeekly.
Griffin suffered the first loss in his career to Frankie Edgar in Feb of 2007 but strung together back-to-back wins to close out the year. Tibau is coming into this fight on a four-fight win streak.
Asked about his opponent, Gleison Tibau, Griffin said, “I think it’s pretty much a fight like the last one I had with Thiago Tavares. He doesn’t have much stand-up. He doesn’t seem like he really looks for anything on his feet. He trades with the guys that want to trade but he doesn’t really set up big strikes. He just looks for that takedown and tries to pressure you against the cage, getting that takedown and working the ground game.”
“I’m going to go out there and work my gameplan, put the pressure on him and make sure he’s fighting at my pace and pushing his conditioning because I’m in great shape. I’m ready to go three hard rounds.”
The 23-year-old native Californian doesn’t expect any difficulties making the cut in weight down to 155 pounds for weigh-ins and claims to be in excellent condition.
He stated, “As long as I diet pretty much four weeks out, a hard diet, I usually have an easy time making weight. I think the only time I’ve really had a hard time making weight was the Frankie Edgar fight. I got a little fat before that fight, but I’m lean and meaner this time.”
Asked what we can expect when he and Gleison Tibau step into the octagon Saturday night, Griffin said, “Expect a hard paced fight and hopefully a knockout of the night.”