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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.

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


  • 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 ( 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.


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.

UFC 123 Weigh-In Video

Posted: November 20, 2010 by Xtreme Couture MMA in Tyson Griffin, xtreme couture
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UFC 123 Weigh-In Video .


Main Event
Lyoto Machida (205) VS Quinton Jackson (205)

BJ Penn (169) VS Matt Hughes (169)
Tim Boetsch (205) VS Phil Davis (205)
Joe Lauzon (155) VS George Sotiropoulos (155)
Maiquel Falcao (185) VS Gerald Harris (185)

Brian Foster (170) VS Matt Brown (170)
Mark Munoz (185) VS Aaron Simpson (185.5)

Dennis Hallman (170) VS Karo Parisyan (170)
Edson Barboza (155) VS Mike Lullo (155)
TJ O’Brien (155) VS Paul Kelly (155)
Nik Lentz (155) VS Tyson Griffin (155)

UFC 123 at Xtreme Couture

Posted: November 19, 2010 by Xtreme Couture MMA in Tyson Griffin, UFC, Uncategorized, xtreme couture
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Join Xtreme Couture’s staff and gym members Saturday Night at 6pm to watch UFC 123.  Light snacks will be provided.  Cost is free to Xtreme Couture Members.  Call 702-616-1022 for more information.

Countdown to UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida

By Ted Czechon November 18, 2010 12:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

As 2010 dawned, any talk of  Xtreme Couture MMA fighter, Tyson Griffin ,usually involved his place in the lightweight title picture thanks to back-to-back victories over Rafael dos Anjos and Hermes Franca. Two fights since then the talk is a lot a different, and the Sacramento native has heard it all.

“I’ve never been one to let that get to me,” said Griffin when asked about the backlash that comes with consecutive losses, albeit to top 155-pounders Evan Dunham and Takanori Gomi. “I feel like I’m my worst critic. There’s nothing that anybody can say or tweet or facebook about me that I’m not gonna say tenfold.”

So if you think the 26-year old is caught in a downward spiral that will continue into his UFC 123 bout this weekend against Nik Lentz, think again. For him, Saturday night kicks off a new beginning to a career that is far from over.

“I took a lot of time off after the Gomi fight and did a lot of soul searching and all that kinda stuff and I definitely feel like my career is kinda just starting,” said Griffin, who admits that following his decision loss to Xtreme Couture teammate Dunham in June, he started to re-evaluate where he was in his career and in life. But then came the Gomi fight less than two months later and a crushing 64 second knockout defeat. The hill then became a mountain, but he’s packed his proverbial hiking boots for the trip.

“I started that rejuvenation before I fought Gomi,” he said. “I was really motivated after losing to Evan Dunham the way I did and really took it into my own hands about why I lost and how. Mentally I may not have been ready to take another fight as fast as I did with Gomi and I kinda got stuck going through the motions, but whatever happened happened for that fight. So I continued that renewing thought after the time off and getting back in there, so it’s been good.”

What Griffin’s soul searching consisted of was going through every aspect of his life and seeing where he could remove distractions and improve the quality of his training.

“I’ve always been one to get in the gym and push hard and train hard, but if your mind’s not into it, it really doesn’t matter what you’re doing,” he said. “So I definitely rearranged some things, I feel like I’m re-dedicated to the sport, and re-dedicated to my career as a professional fighter.”

He also brought in a secret weapon that’s not so secret anymore – his brother, former Oklahoma State wrestler Kyle Griffin.

“I always joke around and tell people that he’s the wrestler, I’m the athlete,” laughed Tyson. “I always played a bunch of different sports, and then in the summer I was doing football camp and he was still the guy competing in wrestling and doing freestyle and Greco and things of that nature. So having my brother move down here recently, I’m basically getting back to doing a lot of wrestling, and keeping things simple and technical. He’s definitely been a big help.”

And though Griffin has always been seen as a wrestling-based fighter, as the quality of the game elevates, so must every aspect of a fighter’s game. For Griffin, who began wrestling in middle school, he will find himself at a disadvantage against someone like Lentz, a Division I college wrestler.

“I’ve really relied on my athleticism and my creativity when it comes to wrestling and it’s hard to do against these guys who have been wrestling since they were four years old,” he admits, but that just comes part and parcel with a game that is always evolving. Luckily for Griffin, he’s been paying attention the entire time.

“People, critics, fans, whoever they may be, forget the curve of the sport,” he said. “I’ve been at this for a little bit now, even though I’m young and I am an overthinker. (Laughs) But one of things I think about is the way the sport’s gone. It’s gone from barroom brawling Tank Abbott to Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to everybody learning the submissions and no one getting submitted, then everybody learning how to knock people out and people not wanting to get knocked out and learning how to wrestle, so the sport itself is getting to be that competitive where every guy is good at everything and sometimes the only way to win is to win the wrestling part of it. Everybody’s good at striking and their defense is good enough to not get knocked out, their submission defense is good enough to not get submitted, and so there are definitely more than two edges on the sword these days. It’s crazy thinking about the game plans that you have to come up with. You really just have to train everything all the time.”

Against Lentz, Griffin will have to be prepared for everything because despite his less than scintillating win over Andre Winner earlier this year, the Minnesotan can handle himself wherever the fight goes, and if he wants it to end up on the mat with him in total positional control, he can probably pull that off. That’s not what Griffin wants though, and he’s prepared accordingly.

“I think he’s a smart fighter,” said Griffin of Lentz. “He fought Andre Winner very smart and beat him at his weakness. That’s what mixed martial arts is all about. I always say that the people who want to knock him for that need to go watch kickboxing, because this is mixed martial arts. If you watch The Ultimate Fighter show, you heard (American Kickboxing Academy trainer) Bob Cook say that wrestling wins fights, and if you want to knock the other guy out, you’ve got to be the better wrestler and keep the fight there. With that said, I’ve been working on everything and getting back to my roots. I’m expecting a tough, hard-nosed Nik Lentz that brings the pace, and if he thinks the smart thing to do is to take me down, I’m ready for that, and if he wants to stand up with me, I’m ready for that as well. More than anything, I’m looking to fight my fight and push the pace and use my biggest weapon, which is my conditioning. If I get caught by Nik Lentz, so be it – that’s the game we play with four ounce gloves – but I’m not gonna let anybody beat me by decision. If they beat me by decision, they’re gonna have to earn it a lot tougher.”

If anything, Griffin has made it clear that there are no doubts in his mind after his last two bouts, no questions of whether he can make it to the next level that seemed a given after he won five of his first six UFC fights. Instead, Griffin is aware that this is not a sprint, it’s a marathon, and that he’s just getting started on the second leg of the race.

“It’s definitely a marathon,” he said. “I’ve dealt with the pressures, I’ve performed well and I have to live up to that. I can’t rest on my talent, if you will, or just my conditioning or hard work. It’s a combination of everything.”

A little luck never hurt either, and if he’s looking for some interesting omens surrounding his ‘new beginning’, he only needs to look at the UFC 123 fight card, where he’s opening the event for the first time since his Octagon debut against David Lee back in 2006. Also on that card? Matt Hughes and BJ Penn, who compete in their rubber match this weekend.

Griffin chuckles when informed of those two tidbits.

“I can’t really say I’m superstitious; I’m kinda almost the opposite,” he said. “But that definitely sounds like a good omen to me.”

Author: Anthony Kristo – UFC

Tyson Griffin will get a chance to erase the thoughts of his last fight sooner rather than later.

The Xtreme Couture fighter dropped a tough fight to Evan Dunham in his last trip to the Octagon, but he’ll look to redeem himself when he faces Takanori Gomi at UFC on Versus 2 on Aug. 1 after Gomi’s original opponent, Joe Stevenson, was forced out of the fight with a knee injury.

Following an injury that kept him out of a fight in January, Griffin returned to action in June and squared off with fellow Xtreme Couture fighter Evan Dunham. After a tough three rounds, Dunham pulled off a split decision victory.

Now Griffin steps up on just over one month’s notice to fill the slot vacated by Stevenson. This will be Gomi’s second appearance in the UFC. In his debut, the Japanese fighter lost by rear naked choke to top five lightweight Kenny Florian.

The bout between Griffin and Gomi will still occupy the same slot on the televised card for the UFC on Versus 2 show set for Aug. 1 in San Diego.

By Damon Martin,

Martin Kampmann’s total domination of Paulo Thiago, epic fight by teammates Evan Dunham and Tyson Griffin and  perhaps one of his best performances by Mike Pyle against Jesse Lennox.

Congratulations to all the guys for their great performances!

Dave Mandel/

The never-ending pile of week-old garbage bags being tossed at UFC 115 is indicative of two things: one, the UFC has done a poor job of hyping the card and two, many fans don’t seem to appreciate quality matchmaking. There really is no other explanation for why a prelim slate with quality fighters like Mario Miranda and Mike Pyle is being treated with the kind of revulsion that should be reserved for skinheads with leprosy.

Further adding to my confusion is the twin-bill of prelims set to air on SpikeTV that make for arguably the best lightweight matches you’ll see on free TV this year. Tyson Griffin and Evan Dunham may well decide the next serious lightweight contender in their bout, and Matt Wiman and Mac Danzig will undoubtedly be fighting tooth and nail to avoid getting the pink slip of doom.

More true facts await all readers wise enough to continue, so put down the pipe laced with forum-talk and get knowledge on proper.

Tyson Griffin vs. Evan Dunham

First things first: big ups to Xtreme Couture teammates Tyson Griffin and Evan Dunham for agreeing to do that thing they get paid to do — fight. Too many quality matchups have been botched by teammates acting like they’d be violating their imaginary warrior code by engaging in sport with a friend. Thanks to the manliness of Griffin and Dunham, the fans get to see one of the best lightweight matchups you’ll ever get on free TV.

The style clash itself is fascinating, as these two are mirror images of each other in almost every way. Standing, Dunham is a southpaw with a nasty left cross and the jab to set it up. Griffin is all about stepping in with leg kicks and uncorking close-quarters combinations. Just how committed Dunham is to pumping that jab will be vital to his early success, as he has gained a somewhat valid reputation for starting slow.

Griffin doesn’t exactly come out of the gate like a Xenomorph either, but he does set up his game early by closing the pocket and establishing his range. In contrast, Dunham’s inability to find his range quickly is really what holds him back. It took five minutes of Efrain Escudero reading him the riot act before he started snapping the jab and consequently turned the fight around. That telephone pole jab is especially important in this fight. Dunham has a marked reach advantage and could potentially neutralize Griffin’s offense by keeping him outside the pocket.

A more realistic scenario, however, is Dunham popping some one-two’s and suddenly finding Griffin attached to his leg like an anthropomorphized bear-trap. While Dunham has flashed some astute takedown defense before, if Griffin wants him on the mat, then that is where the fight is headed. Resolving the quantum entanglement between these two gets no easier there, as Dunham is incredibly active off his back while Griffin happens to have borderline impenetrable submission defense and is shockingly nimble in scrambles for a guy built like a box with muscles.

What Griffin lacks is serious ground striking. Even from top control, getting into a pure grappling match with Dunham is likely more trouble than it’s worth. Shades of Griffin’s bout with Thiago Tavares seem to be a distinct possibility in this one should it hit the floor. In that event, scoring largely becomes a matter of perception. The less discussed possibility is what happens if Dunham gains top control, but the truth is that you’re looking at identical scripts regardless of who scores the initial takedown.

I genuinely doubt there will be an obvious winner as far as scoring goes, but I do expect Dunham to get the better of Griffin on the feet and fight him to a standstill on the mat. The slow starts that have plagued Dunham before will likely cost him early, but his durability will carry him long enough for his technique to eventually take over. Regardless of whether the verdict is split or unanimous, the forums will turn into Nero’s Rome within seconds of Dunham’s hand being raised.

by Tomas Rios – Sherdog