Tyson Griffin. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Recoving from recent knee surgery, former UFC lightweight contender Tyson Griffin has decided to make the drop down to featherweight and will make his 145 lb debut later this year.
Griffin revealed his plans in a video posted on his official website earlier today.
"Nobody wants to be back in the Octagon more than I do," said Griffin. "I've got some big plans for 2011 and unfortuantely they are on hold right now, but those plans are to move to 145 lbs and make a run for that belt.
The 26-year-old has fallen on hard times and is currently mired in a three-fight losing streak, although many contend that he was robbed in a controversial split decision loss to Nik Lentz at UFC 123 in November.
While a move to featherweight would breathe new life into Griffin's career, he will more than likely have to win his debut in the weight class in order to stay with the UFC. For now, Griffin must remain sidelined before preparing for the most important fight of his young career.
"It's going to be a bit longer here before I can commit to a fight," Griffin said. "Been having some problems with my knee. Decided to get an MRI, found some tears in my meniscus and decided to those cleaned out. It's going to be a few more weeks before I can put my knee to the test to see if everything's good to go."