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Sherk and Griffin Talk Lightweight Showdown

In the above video, former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk and current rising contender Tyson Griffin discuss their upcoming showdown at this weekend’s UFC 90 event, which will take place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

Sherk-Griffin Confirmed for UFC 90


Sean Sherk. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk will make his return to action when he takes on standout wrestler and Xtreme Couture member Tyson Griffin at UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote, which will emanate from the Allstate Arena near Chicago on October 25th.

The UFC officially announced the bout earlier today.

Sherk’s lightweight championship reign was cut short last year because of a positive test for steroids under the watch of the California State Athletic Comission. After nearly ten months of inactivity, the Minnesota native returned suffered his first loss since winning the title at the hands of current champion B.J. Penn at UFC 84 back in May.

Meanwhile Griffin has rebounded from suffering his first professional loss to Frankie Edgar last year by winning four straight fights, most recently a unanimous decision over former PRIDE standout Marcus Aurelio at UFC 86 last month. Griffin has also defeated Thiago Tavares, Clay Guida, and Gleison Tibau over the past twelve months.

Fight of the Day: Tyson Griffin vs. Duane Ludwig

From Strikeforce’s “Revenge” event in June 2006, here’s Tyson Griffin taking on Duane Ludwig.

Faber Talks Brown, Future With WEC

In the above video courtesy of RawVegas, WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber discusses his upcoming fight against American Top Team’s Mike Thomas Brown at WEC 36 on September 10th in Hollywood, Florida. Faber also discusses his future with the WEC, whether or not he plans on moving up or down in weight, and whether or not he would be willing to attempt to avenge his only professional loss against Tyson Griffin.

Report: Sherk-Griffin Almost Set for UFC 90


Tyson Griffin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Similar to what we reported yesterday, former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk will make his official return to action when he takes on standout wrestler and Xtreme Couture member Tyson Griffin at UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote, which will emanate from the Allstate Arena near Chicago on October 25th.

Sources close to the camps of both fighters have revealed that they have agreed to fight according to MMA Weekly. Bout agreements have been sent out to both Sherk and Griffin and are expected to be signed and returned this week.

Sherk’s lightweight championship reign was cut short last year because of a positive test for steroids under the watch of the California State Athletic Comission. After nearly ten months of inactivity, the Minnesota native returned suffered his first loss since winning the title at the hands of current champion B.J. Penn at UFC 84 back in May.

Meanwhile Griffin has rebounded from suffering his first professional loss to Frankie Edgar last year by winning four straight fights, most recently a unanimous decision over former PRIDE standout Marcus Aurelio at UFC 86 last month. Griffin has also defeated Thiago Tavares, Clay Guida, and Gleison Tibau over the past twelve months.

Sherk Expected to Return to Action in Fall


Sean Sherk. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Multiple sources have revealed to MMA on Tap that former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk will most likely return to action at one of the organization’s planned fall events - either Chicago’s UFC 90 on October 25th or the yet-to-be-announced UFC 91 show, which is currently rumored to be taking place at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon in November.

While an opponent for Sherk’s next fight has not yet been determined, both Xtreme Couture member Tyson Griffin and one-time lightweight title challenger Joe Stevenson are said to have been thrown around by UFC officials as the most probable potential foes for Sherk.

A win for either of the three men would become even more important if current champion B.J. Penn is sent to move up in weight against Georges St. Pierre later this year, as they would either position themselves as one of the division’s top contenders or as a challenger for the winner of Saturday’s showdown between Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta.

While Sherk’s championship reign was cut short because of a positive test for steroids under the watch of the California State Athletic Comission, the Minnesota native suffered his first loss since winning the UFC’s lightweight title at the hands of Penn at UFC 84 back in May.

Forrest Griffin on Training for UFC 86, Coaching

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Road to UFC 86: Tyson Griffin

UFC lightweight contender Tyson Griffin discusses his training for his upcoming fight against grappling wizard Marcus Aurelio at UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin on July 5th with Raw Vegas. In this episode of “Road to UFC 86”, Griffin talks about his decision to become a professional fighter, his specific training techniques leading up to the fight, his hobbies away from MMA, and what he thinks of Aurelio in the above video.

Report: Griffin-Aurelio Set for UFC 86


Tyson Griffin weighs-in for UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Lightweight contenders Tyson Griffin and Marcus Aurelio will clash when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels back to Las Vegas for UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin on July 5th.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, which reports that sources close to the fight have confirmed that bout agreements have been sent to both fighters and are expected to be signed later today.

Griffin recently won a unanimous decision over jiu-jitsu artist Gleison Tibau at UFC 81: Breaking Point in February. The Xtreme Couture member has won his last three fights since dropping a decision to Frankie Edgar last year.

Although Aurelio dropped a razor-close split decision to Clay Guida in his UFC debut, the PRIDE veteran has bounced back to win his last two fights, stopping Luke Caudillo with strikes and submitting newcomer Ryan Roberts in decisive fashion.

UFC 86 will be headlined by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s first light heavyweight title defense in nearly a year as he will take on Forrest Griffin, who is currently serving as one of the coaches alongside Jackson on the current seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

UFC 81: Breaking Point Thoughts and Notes

Some thoughts and notes from this past weekend’s UFC 81: Breaking Point.

I was right and wrong

I did pretty well in the predictions department. I knew going into the fight that Tim Sylvia was going to give Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fits and that’s exactly what happened. However Nogueira has been tough to finish off all throughout his career and this fight didn’t turn out to be any different. No shame in losing for Sylvia. He hung in there with one of the best heavyweights in history.

I had a feeling that if Brock Lesnar was going to be submitted, it might have been by way of a leg lock/kneebar. Wrestlers always have been notorious for being too stationary with their legs while posturing up and working some ground and pound although a lot of fighters don’t really take advantage of it. It just goes to show how intelligent of a ground specialist Frank Mir is to keep his composure while getting pounded and still be able to pull off a smart move.

The only fight I took issue with was Rob Emerson’s split decision over Keita Nakamura. I actually thought that the fight was dead even at the end. I thought that Nakamura won the third round convincingly and that the first round was even.

More thoughts on the fights

Marvin Eastman surprised me while Tim Boetsch did not. While Eastman’s fight against Terry Martin wasn’t necessarily the most exciting, I was a tad happy to see that Eastman was able to take some power shots and still stay on his feet. Boetsch did exactly what I thought he would do against an average fighter in my opinion in David Heath.

Ricardo Almeida, Tyson Griffin, and Chris Lytle all did what I thought they would do. I talked to someone after the event who truly thought that Tibau beat Griffin, which is absurd. I wasn’t expecting that quick of a stoppage from Lytle but a stoppage win nonetheless. What’s going on with Jeremy Horn? I’ll have a piece on him up later today.

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