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He may originally hail from Sacramento, California, but for all intents and purposes, featherweight contender Tyson Griffin might as well be considered a Las Vegan, considering that it’s been his base of operations at Xtreme Couture MMA  for much of his five year career in the UFC. And as such, Griffin is looking forward to contributing even more to his adopted hometown.

“I wanted to do something more for the community and something that hit home was Boys Town Nevada and the work they do with families and kids without families,” said Griffin, who is preparing for a UFC 137 bout against Bart Palaszewski. “I wanted to find a way to give back, and me and my manager (Tom Call) came up with a fundraiser / raffle for my next fight. For $25, you can buy a raffle ticket and possibly win tickets to UFC 137 and get after party passes, and all the money is gonna go to Boys Town Nevada.”

Based in Las Vegas, Boys Town Nevada has positively impacted the lives of 20,000 children and families each year since launching in 1991 through a variety of programs to help those in need. For the 27-year old Griffin, the plight of the children in the Boys Town programs is one he is all too familiar with.

“Growing up, my mom and my dad were locked up, and we got sent through foster care a little bit and then to my grandma eventually,” he said. “I was in those kids’ shoes at one point and I could have been there longer, so I really like what they do. To be honest, I was too young to actually remember, so I can’t speak on being there firsthand (in a foster home). But being there only with my grandma and having to go visit my mom in jail and not knowing dad growing up and things like that, I realized that I still came out ahead and a lot of those kids may just need a little bit of support. And there are families there too that just need help in being a better family, and to me, that’s what stood out and what I think is lacking in today’s society – just better, closer families working together.”

And while this is the first time Griffin is doing a fundraiser like this, he’s no stranger to talking to young people, including those at Boys Town Nevada about his struggles coming up and how he overcame them. His story is an inspiring one, and he isn’t shy about sharing it.

“Everyone comes from different walks of life, everyone’s gonna have challenges, and it’s up to you to make the most of it and embrace it,” said Griffin, who is coming off a June win over Manny Gamburyan. “Don’t be scared of who you are and where you come from. I’m sure a lot of kids are embarrassed by their situation, but everyone has their own things to deal with. We’re all different, no one’s perfect, and no one’s ‘normal,’ as they say. This is life, so you’ve got to deal with it as it comes.”

About Boys Town

Boys Town Nevada opened its doors in 1991, bringing an innovative approach to child and family care to those in need in the Las Vegas area. The site has five Treatment Family Homes, where boys and girls learn valuable skills that give them a foundation for a brighter future. The site’s Integrated Continuum of Care also offers In-Home Family Services, and Community Support Services. The latter level of care includes Common Sense Parenting® classes and the Boys Town Behavioral Network, an internal team of program professionals who provide individualized treatment recommendations for children referred to Boys Town Nevada. These services and programs touch the lives of 20,000 children and families in Nevada each year.  Boys Town Nevada is headquartered in Las Vegas.

Xtreme Couture MMA home of some of the best MMA fighters like Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort, Gray Maynard, Jay Hieron, Evan Dunham, Tyson Griffin, Mike Pyle and Forrest Griffin just to name a few, who all call Xtreme Couture their home would like to invite you to our Open House.

When:  Saturday September 10th, 2011 from 9am – 4pm

We’ll have Free snacks, drinks and will  offer  four  – 30 minute classes every hour so you’ll have plenty to try out.

Xtreme Couture offers classes for kids (ages 6 and up),  teen classes, women and mens of all technical levels and disciplines.

Did we mention it is all for FREE plus if you sign-up that day  we will waive the $100 enrollment fee!

With memberships starting at just $20 a month you have to come down to see it for your self.

If that wasn’t enough for you we have a special meet and greet with top UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator and other high level MMA fighters from 1pm – 2pm.

For more information please call the gym at 702.616.1022

In his first appearance as a featherweight in nearly six years, Tyson Griffin made a significant splash.

Griffin (15-5, 8-5 UFC) blitzed the world-ranked Manny Gamburyan with repeated low kicks en route to a majority decision over the
former WEC title contender. Two of the three cageside judges saw it 29-28 for Griffin. A third scored it a 29-29 draw.

Based at Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas, Griffin overcame a slow start and gained a foothold in the match with stinging kicks to the
Armenian’s thigh. Still, Gamburyan (12-5, 2-4 UFC) did not go away. He scored with multiple takedowns in the third round despite the obvious damage to his
leg. Griffin won a majority of the striking exchanges between the two featherweights, as he fought well in close quarters and scored effectively to
the head and body. The victory brought an end to Griffin’s three-fight losing streak.

UFC on Versus 4 preliminary card to stream on Facebook

All of the fights from the UFC’s upcoming card will be available for free.

Sunday’s UFC on Versus 4 main card airs live on Versus with a Nate Marquardt vs. Rick Story headliner from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

UFC officials since have revealed that all eight of the night’s preliminary-card fights will stream for free on Facebook. Notable competitors from the card include Tyson Griffin, Joe Stevenson and Joe Lauzon.

Griffin and Stevenson, who are former UFC lightweight contenders, make their featherweight debuts against respective opponents Manny Gamburyan and Javier Vazquez.

Additionally, Lauzon takes on fellow lightweight Curt Warburton, and former middleweight Rich Attonito drops to welterweight to take on Daniel Roberts.

The Facebook stream begins at approximately 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT), and the Versus card airs ay 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).

 

The full UFC on Versus 4 card includes:

MAIN CARD (Versus)

  • Nate Marquardt vs. Rick Story
  • Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo
  • Matt Brown vs. John Howard
  • Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)

  • Manny Gamburyan vs. Tyson Griffin (Xtreme Couture MMA)
  • Joe Stevenson vs. Javier Vazquez
  • Joe Lauzon vs. Curt Warburton
  • Rich Attonito vs. Daniel Roberts
  • Charlie Brenneman vs. T.J. Grant
  • Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira
  • Matt Grice vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Edward Faaloloto vs. Michael Johnson

The UFC’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ufc) has been used to stream a host of events this year.

UFC president Dana White plans to make the social-networking giant a frequent complement to its future TV broadcasts.

Join Randy Couture tonight May 6th @ 10pm at the Surrender Night Club inside Encore Casino and Hotel.

The Pre-Party kicks off is for the Xtreme Couture GI Foundation Charity Motorcycle Poker Run on Saturday May 7th.

For more information and celebrities that will be in attendance and details on the Poker Run please read the below Press Release.

RANDY COUTURE’S G.I. FOUNDATION BIKE POKER RUN

Randy Couture’s G.I. Foundation Bike Poker Run will be raising funds for injured Veterans on Saturday, May 7, 2011.  Join Randy Couture and other top Hollywood Celebrities and Athletes like Devon Sawa, Big John McCarthy, Tom Atencio, Michael, Strahan, Jay Glazer, Clay Matthews, Marcedes Lewis,  Michael Irvin, TJ Lavin, Criss Angel, Gray Maynard, Martin Kampmann Mike Pyle, Tyson Griffin, Ray Sefo, Frank Trigg and many more.

This motorcycle charity event entails 6 stops in a 100 mile planned route where participants will receive a poker card at each location with the sixth location to be used as a wild card.  The stops are as follows: Pioneer Saloon, Rusty
Spur, King Tut’s, Hooters and Hammer Bar.

The Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation, a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation was started by Randy Couture to honor America’s Injured Veterans.  Since 2001, the number of injured troops in Iraq and Afghanistan has reached more than 40,000, while more than 60,000  have been evacuated for medical care, according to The Department of Defense.  The Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation was founded with the goal to help those brave men and women.

Registration will be from 9:00-10:30am at O School Choppers (route starts at O School Choppers), located at 5725 S. Valley View Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89118.  The cost will be $25 per rider and $10 per passenger. 

Motorcycle rentals and special discounts will be available through Street Eagle. A $2,000 valued prize basket will be awarded to the rider with the best poker hand.  A money prize 50/50 raffle will also be occurring at the last stop.

Email annie@xtremecouture.tv for more information.

Website: http://www.xcgif.org/

Source: UFC.com

The UFC announced today that Tyson Griffin will make his featherweight debut against former top contender Manvel “Manny” Gamburyan at UFC on Versus 4.

“Highly-ranked Manvel Gamburyan and the always-exciting Tyson Griffin have verbally agreed to face one another June 26,” said UFC President Dana White.

Formerly a UFC lightweight competitor, Gamburyan dropped to the featherweight division in the summer of 2009 and rattled off three wins in that division (including a stunning knockout over former champ Mike Brown) to earn a title shot against current 145lbs. kingpin Jose Aldo. The Brazilian phenom made short work of Gamburyan, knocking him out early in the second round at WEC 51. Gamburyan has not appeared in the cage since that fight, which went down in September of last year.

Griffin is currently on a three-fight losing skid (though his latest defeat, a split decision to Nik Lentz, was found to be controversial by many), having posted defeats to Evan Dunham (split decision), Takanori Gomi (knockout) and Nik Lentz (split decision). This will be his first fight at 145 lbs.

UFC Live on Versus 4 will take place on June 26, 2011. A location for the event has not yet been announced.

Instructors from Xtreme Couture teamed up at the North American Grapplng Association (NAGA) in Las Vegas on March 4th to demonstrate grappling techniques to the crowd.  NAGA holds events all over the United States and is one of the largest grappling tournaments in the world.  Pictured below are (far left)-John Hahn, Jimmy Jones, Kui Gonsalves, Dennis Davis and students.  Pictured (far right)-Kui Gonsalves, Dennis Davis, John Hahn and Jimmy Jones with student participant.