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- UFC 86: TYSON GRIFFIN READY TO STRIKE

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by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com







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Tyson
Griffin steps into the Ultimate Fighting Championship Octagon on Saturday night
to take on Marcus "Maximus" Aurelio at
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match that, with a win, could put him next in line for a title shot.

 

"It’s
a really big fight," Griffin told MMAWeekly.com.  "It’s
a great chance to put my name in front of someone like Aurelio who has beat href="http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/topten.asp?articleid=8&zoneid=15">(Takanori)
Gomi in Pride and has done great things in the sport.

 

“I’m
looking forward to getting in there and hopefully putting in a dominating
victory and stepping up above the competition."

 

On paper
the match-up looks like a wrestler versus jiu-jitsu practitioner, but
Griffin doesn’t see it that way.  The href="http://videos.mmaweekly.com/view_player.php?id=2615">Xtreme Couture
trained fighter told MMAWeekly, "I see it as a classic match up between
a striker and a grappler.

 

"I
know I can grapple and all of that.  But I think the game plan is pretty
obvious at this point, if you’ve seen my last couple of fights.  This will
be my third American Top Team black belt, so it’s basically going to be him
trying to take me down and me trying to keep it up. 

 

"I
think in this fight that’s what you’re going to see from me," continued
Griffin.  "It could be wrestler versus grappler, but I don’t plan on
wrestling him and trying to hold him down for a boring decision.  I want
to put him away.  I want to finish him.

 

“If the
fight goes to the ground, it might be a classic ground and pound versus a jiu-jitsu
match.  Who knows?  That’s why these fights are on paper and we have
to fight them to show you guys what we can do."

 

He’ll get
his chance to once again show what he can do on Saturday night at UFC 86 in Las
Vegas.

 

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Video Interview: Tyson Griffin

 

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Video Interview: Forrest Griffin

 

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Video Interview: Tyson Griffin

(After
defeating ATT black belt Gleison Tibau)

 

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Video Interview: Forrest Griffin

(Prior
to fighting Mauricio “Shogun” Rua)

 

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Training Video: Forrest Griffin

(Prior
to fighting Mauricio “Shogun” Rua)

 

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Video Interview: Forrest Griffin

(Prior
to fighting Tito Ortiz)

 

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