Tag Archives: Tyson Griffin
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Lyoto Machida via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- B.J. Penn def. Matt Hughes via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:21
- Maiquel Falcao def. Gerald Harris via unanimous decision (29-27. 29-28, 29-28)
- Phil Davis def. Tim Boetsch via submission (kimura) – Round 2, 2:55
- George Sotiropoulos def. Joe Lauzon via submission (kimura) – Round 2, 2:43
- Brian Foster def. Matt Brown via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 2:11
- Mark Munoz def. Aaron Simpson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Dennis Hallman def. Karo Parisyan via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:47
- Edson Barboza def. Mike Lullo via TKO (leg kicks) – Round 3, 0:26
- Paul Kelly def. T.J. O’Brien via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:16
- Nik Lentz def. Tyson Griffin via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
MMA Junkie Reports:
– 14–0 MMA/ 7-4 UFC Record
– 2 Fight Losing Streak
– Notable Wins: Clay Guida, Thiago Tavares, Hermes Franca
– 19-3-2 MMA/ 3-0-1 UFC record
– 2 Fight Win Sreak
– Notable Wins: Rafaello Oliveira, Rob Emerson, Andre Winner
- Jon Jones def. Vladimir Matyushenko via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:52
- Yushin Okami def. Mark Munoz via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Jake Ellenberger def. John Howard via TKO (eye injury) – Round 3, 2:21
- Takanori Gomi def. Tyson Griffin via KO (punch) – Round 1, 1:04
- Jacob Volkmann def. Paul Kelly via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Matt Riddle def. DaMarques Johnson via TKO – Round 2, 4:29
- Igor Pokrajac def. James Irvin via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:29
- Brian Stann def. Mike Massenzio via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 3:10
- Charles Oliveira def. Darren Elkins via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 0:41
MMA Junkie Reports:
– 14-3-0 MMA/ 7-3 UFC Record
– Won 2 of last 3 Fights
– Notable Wins: Clay Guida, Thiago Tavares, Hermes Franca
– 31-6-0 MMA/ 0-1 UFC Record
– Won 2 of last 3 Fights
– Notable Wins: Hayato Sakurai, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Jens Pulver
News & Notes
– Fight of the Night Bonus: Carlos Condit vs Rory MacDonald. Both fighters received an $85k bonus for their effort
– Submission of the Night: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. He received an $85k bonus.
– Knockout of the Night: Rich Franklin. Also received an $85k bonus.
– Rich Franklin broke his arm blocking a kick from Chuck Liddell early in the fight, yet continued until he was awarded to KO victory. Man’s Game.
– In an interview after the fights, Dana White guaranteed that UFC 115 was the last time we see Chuck Liddell fight.
– Pat Barry broke his hand in the first round, and a bone in his foot sometime in the second round in his loss to Mirko “Cro Crop” Filipovic.
– UFC 115 was Mirko “Cro Crop” Filipovic’s last fight on his contract, a new one is expected to be worked out shortly.
Who or What’s Next
Rich Franklin – Rich may be on the shelf for a while mending his broken arm, but likely opponents on his return are Forrest Griffin or Lyoto Machida
Chuck Liddell – I’m 90% sure this is the last time we see Chuck Liddell in the cage. He is a legend of the sport, and has nothing left to prove. Thank you for the memories.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic – Likely upcoming opponents for Cro Cop are Ben Rothwell, Micheal Russow, or a rematch with Cheick Kongo.
Pat Barry – Honestly, I think some time in the local circuit could do Barry a lot of good. Until he gets some sort of ground game in his skill set, he will never be a true threat in the UFC. He needs to have a gut check, and see if fighting is what he really wants to do for a living. In multiple interviews, he’s openly admitted about his awful diet and it shows when he fights. He completely gassed after the first round, which led to Cro Cop busting him up.
Ben Rothwell – I think a fight with Cro Cop, which was in the works a while ago is still a fantastic match-up for both fighters. If not Mirko, I’d love to see a rematch with Roy Nelson. Their fight in the IFL was really close and highly entertaining.
Gilbert Yvel – Gilbert Yvel should return to K-1 kick boxing. After 2 straight losses in the UFC, he’s likely to get his walking papers this week.
Martin Kampmann – Kampmann exploded in to title contention after his dismantling of Paulo Thiago at UFC 115. With the title on hold for a while, with George St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck off filming the 12th season of The Ultimate Fighter, one or two title eliminator fights are in his future. Dan Hardy or Dong-Hyun Kim are likely choices for his next bout.
Paulo Thiago – Since Paulo Thiago has debuted in the UFC, he’s been matched up against top 10 welterweights for every fight with the exception of Jacob Volkmann. I really think a step down in competition could really do him some good. Possibly someone like Diego Sanchez, Anthony Johnson, or Matt Serra would be fights with big name recognition and still be a step back.
Carlos Condit – Likely future opponent options for Condit may be Dong-Hyun Kim, John Hathaway, or Mike Swick.
Rory MacDonald – Even though I predicted MacDonald to beat Condit at UFC 115, I still thought it was way too high of a jump in competition for such a young prospect. MacDonald will most likely be on a medical suspension for a while, but when he returns I’d like to see him fight a couple guys closer to his experience level. James Wilks, Amir Sadollah, or Jesse Lennox would be viable options.
Evan Dunham – Even Dunham will likely sky rocket into most people’s top ten lightweight lists, after he completely controlled Tyson Griffin for all three rounds. It’s top level guys from here on out for Dunham. I could see Dunham getting the winner of the George Sotiropoulos/Kurt Pellegrino fight, which takes place in July.
Tyson Griffin – With most of the upper-level lightweights already in bout agreements. Griffin will most likely get the loser of the Sotiropoulos/Pellegrino fight.
Mac Danzig – Danzig may not know this, but that fluke stoppage maybe the best thing to ever happen to him. It earns him at least one more nice payday in the UFC, because a rematch with Wiman is likely.
Matt Wiman – Rematch with Mac Danzig is likely.
Mario Miranda – Unfortunately for Miranda, his dominant victory over David Loiseau was not shown due to time constraints. Miranda has a lot of potential, and I hope they continue to give him a few more “warm-up” fights before he takes a big jump in competition. Tom Lawlor, Ryan Jensen, or Nick Catone would be perfect.
David Loiseau – It’s back to the Canadian local circuit for “The Crow”.
James Wilks – Mike Guymon seems like the perfect fit for James Wilks’ next opponet. It’s a fight Wilks is very capable of winning, but Guymon will give him a tough test to see where Wilks is on the welterweight ladder.
Peter Sobotta – It’s back to the European local circuit for Peter Sobotta after going 0-2 in the UFC.
Claude Patrick – In an interview with MMA Fanhouse after his UFC 115 victory, Claude Patrick called out Dong-Hyun Kim. As intriguing and exciting that fight would be, I feel Patrick could benefit from more showcase fights. Claude Patrick very well may be a future top ten welterweight, but a slow rise to the top will be better in the long run. I’d like to see Patrick against someone like James Wilks, Mike Pyle, or TJ Grant for now.
Ricardo Funch – It’s back to the Brazilian local circuit for Ricardo Funch.
Mike Pyle – Pyle had his most impressive showing of his career at UFC 115 with his win over Jesse Lennox. Another B level fighter is likely in the future for Pyle. TJ Grant, Brian Foster, or Matt Serra would be solid options.
Jesse Lennox – Lennox is a fighter that may be getting his pink slip from the UFC, but I hope that isn’t the case. His fight with Pyle was non-stop action, and I believe it earned him another fight inside the UFC. If he does stay, a fight with Renzo Gracie, Mike Guymon, or UFC-newcomer Curt Warburton would work.
- Rich Franklin def. Chuck Liddell via KO (punch) – Round 1, 4:55
- Mirko Filipovic def. Pat Barry by submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:30
- Martin Kampmann def. Paulo Thiago by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27
- Ben Rothwell def. Gilbert Yvel by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 29-28)
- Carlos Condit def. Rory MacDonald by TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:53
- Evan Dunham def. Tyson Griffin via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
- Matt Wiman def. Mac Danzig via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:45
- Mario Miranda def. David Loiseau via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:07
- James Wilks def. Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 30-27)
- Claude Patrick def. Ricardo Funch via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 1:48
- Mike Pyle def. Jesse Lennox via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 4:44
Chuck Liddell vs Rich Franklin
Chuck Liddell, throughout his career has made a solid living on stalking his prey, cutting off angles, an throwing big power shots to dismantle his opponents in the cage. Unfortunately for him, he’s never expanded his skills beyond that. In the new world of MMA, game plans are just as important as a fighter’s abilities and Liddell has become one of the easiest guys to prepare against. Rich Franklin is a smart enough not to get in heated exchanges with the “Iceman” in risk of taking an early nap. I like Franklin to use his leg kicks to keep his distance from Liddell, while using his effective clinch game to score points when Chuck does get inside. I do expect Liddell to land a couple large overhand rights in the fight just to keep things interesting, but Rich will survive and earn himself the unanimous decision victory.
On Saturday night, no matter what, one of the most beloved fighters in UFC/MMA history will be one step closer to retirement. Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin are both in a “must win” situation to keep any title contender relevance at all. At UFC 115, whoever doesn’t get their hand raised at the end of the night will be stuck at a gatekeeper/gimmick match role for the rest of their career.
Prediction: Rich Franklin def. Chuck Liddell by Unanimous Decision
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs Pat Barry
The once feared Croatian striker “Cro Cop” meets another highly talented, upcoming heavyweight in Pat Barry at UFC 115. On paper, Barry is the heavy favorite in this fight. He has the hand speed to frustrate Mirko, and the power behind those punches to end the night early. Barry also has incredibly powerful leg kicks that could turn the worn down stems of Filipovic into an applesauce like substance. With all of that said, there is still a part of me that thinks Cro Cop wins this fight. Pat Barry’s gas tank is a serious question mark. As Barry wears down, his hands will drop, leaving him open for a left high kick from Cro Cop that can shut out the lights on anyone. Just 2 weeks after Mike Russow de-railed the Todd Duffee hype train, don’t be surprised if Pat Barry is the next to falter.
Prediction: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic def. Pat Barry by TKO – Rd. 3
Carlos Condit vs Rory MacDonald
Former WEC welterweight champion, Carlos Condit takes on the young Canadian phenom Rory MacDonald. On the feet, Condit has the more effective striking and clinch game to fluster MacDonald. The problem is, Condit’s Achilles heel has always been his take-down defense. MacDonald will have no problem getting this fight to the floor, where he will have complete control. Condit has a good guard game, but MacDonald will not be looking to stay in that guard for very long. With his slick jiu-jitsu, MacDonald should have no problem moving to better positioning on Condit keeping him out of trouble. Condit is a very tough guy to finish, but the constant ground and pound matched with multiple submission attempts should earn Rory MacDonald the easy decision.
Prediction: Rory MacDonald def. Carlos Condit by Unanimous Decision
Paulo Thiago vs Martin Kampmann
Paulo Thiago has shown he can dominate fights anywhere the action may go. He’s got crisp boxing, with power behind the punches on the feet, a paralyzing top-control game, and savvy jiu-jitsu to lock up submissions from any position. Kampmann is also incredibly well-rounded, but is not better at any one skill than Thiago. Kampmann may try for takedowns of his own, but Thiago showed against Jacob Volkmann that he’s very good at creating scrambles and taking back control from those take-down attempts.
Prediction: Paulo Thiago def. Martin Kampmann by Submission – Rd. 3
Ben Rothwell vs Gilbert Yvel
Not much to break down in this fight…. two large heavyweights that like to throw big hands. Yvel will look to keep distance while looking for the one big powerful punch or kick for the knockout. Rothwell wants to get in close and maul his opponent with a lot of short punches in route to a TKO stoppage. The loser will most likely be given their walking papers from the UFC.
Prediction: Ben Rothwell def Gilbert Yvel by TKO – Rd. 1
Tyson Griffin vs Evan Dunham
Two Xtreme Couture fighters showing the rest of the world that teammates can compete against each other… take heed AKA camp. Both fighters are stylistically similar just with different body types. Dunham, the much taller fighter will have the sizable reach advantage and if used correctly could be the difference in the fight. If Dunham uses his jab early and often, he can keep distance with Griffin and keep this fight on the feet. Griffin likes to set up punishing combinations inside with leg kicks that slow his opponent down. If Griffin is losing the stand up war, he should have no problem dragging Dunham to the ground if he gets a hold of one of his legs. When the fighters hits the mat, the duel remains a struggle for both combatants. Dunham has a very active guard game, while Griffin’s submission defense is top notch. If Dunham ends up with top control, the outcome remains the same. I like this fight to be 15 minutes of non-stop action, with neither fighter getting a true advantage. In the end, I think Griffin’s takedowns will be key factor in the fight, even though nothing will come of them. Look for a possible split decision in this one.
Prediction: Tyson Griffin def. Evan Dunham by Decision
Mac Danzig vs Matt Wiman
Mac Danzig needs a win on Saturday night or he might become the first winner of the Ultimate Fighter television show to receive his UFC pink slip. Since winning season 6 of the show, Danzig has gone just 2-3 inside the octagon. Danzig has struggled against strong wrestlers in his tenure in the UFC. While Matt Wiman’s wrestling isn’t considered to be great, it’s still better than what Danzig has to offer. Danzig’s best chance at success will be on the feet against Wiman. He can strike with efficiency at any range, but is best in close when he can deliver his powerful uppercuts. The problem with that against Wiman though, the closer he gets the more susceptible to the take-down he becomes. Wiman won’t have an easy time passing Danzig’s guard to gain better positioning, but he does have a knack for taking his opponents back on scrambles. I like Wiman to come out and test the waters on the feet early, where likely Danzig will get the better of the exchanges. Then Wiman will fall back on his wrestling/jiu-jitsu to wear down and frustrate Danzig for 15 minutes.
Prediction: Matt Wiman def. Mac Danzig by Unanimous Decision
Mario Miranda vs David Loiseau
You can’t say the UFC doesn’t do anything nice for their former superstars. David Loiseau gets another shot at UFC fame in front of his countrymen in Vancouver. Unfortunately for Loiseau, they paired him up against a rising star in Mario Miranda. Much like UFC 115’s headliner, Chuck Liddell, Loiseau is as one-dimensional as it gets. Loiseau will look to stand and bang like usual, but Miranda’s striking is good enough (if not better) to neutralize any advantage Loiseau might have had on the feet. Miranda is also the far superior grappler, so once the fight hits the ground, expect Loiseau to take even more of a beating down there. Loiseau is known for the amount of punishment he can withstand, but I feel Miranda will come out with something to prove after his TKO loss to Gerald Harris in his UFC debut.
Prediction: Mario Miranda def. David Loiseau by TKO – Rd. 3
James Wilks vs Peter Sobotta
On Saturday, it will be the first time in 364 days that Peter Sobotta has stepped in a cage. That doesn’t bode well for anyone, let alone someone that’s still growing in the sport in the first place. James Wilks comes in battle tested after a three round war against the extremely tough, Matt Brown. Wilks is known for his jiu-jitsu savvy, but often fights like he’s in a grappling match and not an MMA fight, leaving his face exposed for a beat down. I don’t think that will hinder him much at UFC 115, because I don’t see Sobotta ever getting a strong top position. Once the bell rings, I see Wilks pushing the fight towards the cage, then dragging Sobotta to the ground. Once the fight hits the floor, it shouldn’t be too long until the submission stoppage occurs.
Prediction: James Wilks def. Peter Sobotta by Submission – Rd. 1
Mike Pyle vs Jesse Lennox
Jesse Lennox is at his best, wrestling his opponent to the ground then posturing up and dropping hammer-fists. He might have to come up with a new game plan on Saturday if he hopes to leave Vancouver with a victory. With 16 submission victories, Mike Pyle is one the most accomplished grapplers in the division. Neither Pyle or Lennox are strong boxers, but Pyle is known for going into panic mode after the first time he gets hit hard. Jesse Lennox doesn’t have the takedown defense to keep this fighting standing for very long though.
Prediction: Mike Pyle def. Jesse Lennox by Submission – Rd. 2
Ricardo Funch vs Claude Patrick
Another top Canadian welterweight prospect, Claude Patrick makes his debut on home turf at UFC 115. Ricardo Funch showed little offensive dexterity in his fight with Johny Hendricks, but did show a toughness you can’t teach. Funch was easily taken down by the Oklahoma State wrestling phenom, but was able to will himself out of tough situations. Claude Patrick will have the same take down efficiency as Hendricks, but his ability to finish the fight is much greater. This should be an easy showcase fight for Claude Patrick.
Prediction: Claude Patrick def. Ricardo Funch by Submission – Rd. 1
MMA Junkie Reports:
– 10-0-0 MMA/ 3-0 UFC Record
– 2 TKO, 6 Sub, 2 Decision Victories
– Notable Wins: Efrain Escudero, Marcus Aurelio, Per Eklund
– 14-2-0 MMA/ 7-2 UFC Record
– 2 Fight Win Streak
– Notable Wins: Clay Guida, Thiago Tavares, Hermes Franca