Round 1: Griffin stalking forward with Gamburyan backing off and circling. Griffin steps forward with punches but gets taken down by Gamburyan. Griffin works his way backup and presses Gamburyan against the cage. Gamburyan with a nice throw takedown and looks to take Griffin’s back, but he slips and presses him against the cage instead. Gamburyan firing off knees from the clinch. Now it’s Griffin looking for the takedown, but he’s unable to land it.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Manny Gamburyan
Round 2: Griffin looking for leg kicks, Gamburyan coming over the top with punches. The action slows as Gamburyan is circling away, but Griffin not throwing much. Gamburyan looks for a takedown and Griffin sprawls away. Nasty leg kick landed by Griffin, starting to hit consistently now. Another takedown stuffed by Griffin. Griffin trying to cut off the cage, fires off a big punch partially blocked. Griffin leaps in for a kick and hits Gamburyan below the belt. Fight paused, but the action starts again. Griffin still moving forward and looking for a big combination. Griffin tags Gamburyan with another kick to the groin. Gamburyan takes a few seconds to recover, and after a brief restart the round is over.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Tyson Griffin
Round 3: Both fighters are much more aggressive to start this round. Griffin lands a nice left to the body and another leg kick. Gamburyan shoots in and gets a takedown on Griffin, but Griffin pops up again. Gamburyan locks his hands under Griffin’s body and picks him up for a slam, but again can’t keep him down. Griffin reverses and lands on top of Gamburyan this time. Griffin landing some nasty knees to Gamburyan’s thigh. Gamburyan looks for a whizzer, can’t get it and they stay clinched against the cage. Griffin lands another two big kicks to Gamburyan’s lead leg that is now visibly very damaged. Gamburyan able to trip up Griffin to the ground as the fight ends.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Tyson Griffin
Tyson Griffin def. Manny Gamburyan by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)