UFC lightweight fighter, Tyson Griffin, has announced that he will move to the featherweight division to continue his fighting career. The 14-5 fighter posted a video to his official website in which he stated that he will move down to 145 once he returns from dealing with a knee injury that has plagued him.
“I’ve been having some problems with my knee, and decided to have a MRI.” Griffin stated during the video. “They found some tears in my meniscus, so I decided to get that cleaned out.”
The Xtreme Couture has had a run of tough luck lately. In 2010 he lost three fights in a row, the first time it ever occurred in his career. First, he was defeated by his teammate up and comer, Evan Dunham at UFC 115. Then, looking to make a quick rebound, he filled in to fight Pride veteran Takanori Gomi but suffered a first round knockout which was a big upset. Three months later at UFC 123, Griffin fought a tough contest against Nik Lentz, and in many viewers eyes, won the fight. However, two judges saw it differently and awarded Lentz with the split decision victory.
In light of these defeats Griffin, who at once was considered a fringe contender to the lightweight title, has decided to move down to the 145 weight class once the injury passes.
“Nobody wants to be back in the Octagon quicker than I do. I’ve got some big plans for 2011.” Griffin said. “Those plans are to move to 145 and make a run at that belt.
A return has not yet been announced for Griffin but current expectations are for him to return to the cage during the middle of the year.
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