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.