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Tyson Griffin Has Arrived

Tyson Griffin has arrived! Highly touted lightweight prospect Tyson Griffin will be making his octagon debut against fellow UFC newcomer David Lee. Griffin sports a mixed martial arts record of 7-0 and he has TKO victories over Duane Ludwig and Urijah Faber.

Griffin’s opponent, David Lee sports a record of 5-1 with all of his victories coming by submission. The London, England native has really beat any notable names but being a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Lee should prove to be a tough task for the undefeated Griffin.

UFC 63 Official Card

The UFC has yet to officially announce all of the fights but if you go to ufc.tv and click on the fighter’s profile you can see their thoughts on their opponent which confirms who they’re fighting.

UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn
-Matt Hughes vs. BJ Penn
-Mike Swick vs. David Loiseau
-Jens Pulver vs. Joe Lauzon
-Rashad Evans vs. Jason Lambert
-Gabe Ruediger vs. Melvin Guillard
-Jorge Gurgel vs. Danny Abaddi
-Roger Huerta vs. Jason Reinhardt
-Tyson Griffin vs. David Lee
-Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Mario Neto

UFC Fight Night 6 Payouts

Here are the fighter payouts from UFC Fight Night 6 which took place August 17th, 2006 live on Spike TV.

UFC Fight Night 6 Payouts
Diego Sanchez: $32,000
Joe Riggs: $24,000
Dean Lister: $16,000
Josh Koscheck: $14,000
Chris Leben: $14,000
Karo Parisyan: $12,000
Anthony Torres: $10,000
Martin Kampmann: $10,000
Jonathan Goulet: $6,500
Jake O’Brien: $6,000
Jason Von Flue: $5,000
Yuki Sasaki: $5,000
Sam Morgan: $4,000
Jorge Santiago: $4,000
Forrest Petz: $4,000
Crafton Wallace: $3,000
Kristof Midoux: $2,000
Pat Healy: $2,000

Gross Totals:
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $173,500
Known Event Revenue: $411,050 (live gate of $187,050; TV ad revenue of $224,000)

Godzilla to Battle The Young Assassin

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has officially announced that lightweight warriors Melvin Guillard and Gabe Ruediger will face off in the octagon at UFC 63. This fight will be Guillard’s third appearance in the UFC and he plans on welcoming UFC newcomer Gabe Ruediger with a big knockout.

“I’ve never met the guy and I know he’s a former WEC champion, but honestly, I don’t like him,” said Guillard, 38-6-3.  “I finally get an opponent that I just love to hate.  He’s coming into the UFC and I’m gonna welcome him like I welcomed Rick Davis.  I’m definitely knocking this guy out.”

“He’s a very strong opponent with a wealth of experience,” said ‘Godzilla’. “He’s explosive, but with a lot of technical errors to exploit.”

Statements like that have gotten Guillard’s blood boiling.

“He said that I’m athletic but not a tactician and that he’s gonna finish me,” said Guillard.  “If this dude actually thinks he’s gonna submit me, he’s got another thing coming.” 

UFC 62 Medical Suspensions

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released their official list of medical suspensions from UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral.

The file can be downloaded here.

Pulver to Return Against Lauzon

Former UFC lightweight champion Jens “Little Evil” Pulver will make his return to the octagon against UFC newcomer Joe Lauzon at UFC 63. The fight will take place on Saturday, September 23rd at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.

This fight will mark the first time Pulver has fought in the UFC in over four years and he said he is treating it as if it’s a title match.

“People have made this mistake of thinking that I’m overlooking somebody, but I’m not overlooking this kid,” he said.  “I don’t overlook anything.  I’m just as nervous as he is – I ain’t been in the UFC for four years.  I’m working on my stuff because MMA has been around long enough where we can all grapple, we can all box, and we can all clinch in between.  It’s just a matter of who does it better and harder.  I know he’s a strong kid and he loves grappling.  He’s got good grappling technique and tries some wild stuff and it works.  This is a world title fight to me because the truth is, if I lose to this kid, I don’t get that shot.”

UFC 62: Post-Fight Coverage

Here are some post-fight video interviews with the fighters from UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral.

The following are from Sherdog.com:
Chuck Liddell Post-Fight Video Interview
Hermes Franca Post-Fight Interview
Wilson Gouveia Post-Fight Interview
Nick Diaz Post-Fight Interview

The following are from UFC.tv:
Eric Schafer Post-Fight Interview
Forrest Griffin Post-Fight Interview
Chuck Liddell Post-Fight Interview
David Heath Post-Fight Interview

Bonnar and Griffin Produce

Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin were able to continue where they left off Saturday night. Both fighters made their way to the octagon accompanied by standing ovations from the crowd. Though it wasn’t an epic war like their first fight, the rematch still carried a high tempo and we saw two totally different fighters this time around. Both fighters were much more tentative and when all was said and done Forrest Griffin did enough to earn himself another unanimous decision victory.

“I did OK tonight,” Griffin said. “I felt a little sluggish; I’m ready for a rematch with Tito. - I want to improve on this fight.”

“It was a good fight, it was close, I thought I won a round,”” Bonnar said. “I wanted to win this one to have a rubber match, but how about we do best-of-five.”

Liddell Retains Crown

Last night UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell was able to knock out Renato “Babalu” Sobral to retain his UFC light heavyweight title with relative ease.

“I don’t change my style for anybody,” Liddell said. “They’re trying to figure out how to beat me. They have to improve. I have one way of fighting: I’m going to come after you, put hands on you and knock you out.”

“I thought it would take a little longer for him to come after me,” Liddell said. “I hurt him with a jab early and he didn’t really like that so he came after me with a big overhand. He must have thought he hurt me and then I hit him with that right.”

UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral Results

Here are the results from UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral…

Yushin Okami def. Alan Belcher - Decision (Unanimous)
David Heath def. Cory Walmsley - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Wilson Gouveia def. Wes Combs - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Eric Schafer def. Rob MacDonald - Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Hermes Franca def. Jamie Varner - Submission (Armbar)
Cheick Kongo def. Christian Wellisch - KO (Knee)
Nick Diaz def. Josh Neer - Submission (Kimura)
Forrest Griffin def. Stephan Bonnar - Decision (Unanimous)
Chuck Liddell def. Renato Sobral - TKO (Strikes)

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