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Kenny Powers
04-06-2011, 05:04 PM
Courtesy of mmajunkie:


Joe Stevenson isn't the only former lightweight who's heading to featherweight for UFC on Versus 4.



UFC officials today announced that former lightweight contender Tyson Griffin (14-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) is following through with a previously announced drop in weight and will meet featherweight Manny Gamburyan (11-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at the summer event.



Although not officially announced, UFC on Versus 4 takes place June 26, and Pittsburgh's 19,000-seat Consol Energy Center is expected to play host.



It's not clear if Griffin vs. Gamburyan will be part of the night's Versus-televised main card.



Griffin's move to 145 pounds was at least partially prompted by his three-fight losing streak. While once a top contender and a frequent bonus winner (he earned five "Fight of the Night" awards during a 7-2 run in the organization), Griffin recently suffered consecutive defeats to Evan Dunham, Takanori Gomi and Nik Lentz, two of which came via close split decision.



Gamburyan, "The Ultimate Fighter 5" runner-up, went 2-3 in his initial UFC stint before dropping a weight class and moving to the WEC. There, he went 3-0 before a quick knockout title loss to featherweight champ Jose Aldo at WEC 51 (his most recent fight). Now, following the UFC-WEC merger, he returns to his former home. Gamburyan had been slated to fight Raphael Assuncao at UFC 128 but was forced off the March card with a back injury.

Layton
04-06-2011, 06:13 PM
be a good fight for griffin to kickstart his career i think, Gamburyan is always game but i think griffin can take this one

Joabbuac.
04-06-2011, 07:59 PM
FW has been savior for fighters who dont need to cut much to make 155.

Layton
04-06-2011, 09:50 PM
FW has been savior for fighters who dont need to cut much to make 155.



when the sport gets big enough to adopt the boxing weight classes we will be rewarded greatly with some evenly matched wars, untill then we will always get a few mis matches. as they say rome wasnt buit in a day

Kenny Powers
04-07-2011, 10:53 PM
when the sport gets big enough to adopt the boxing weight classes we will be rewarded greatly with some evenly matched wars, untill then we will always get a few mis matches. as they say rome wasnt buit in a day



Not against a few more weight classes but i think to go with what boxing has is too much. Looking forward to the addition of 125 though

Joabbuac.
04-08-2011, 01:53 AM
I wouldnt mind it having the 8 that boxing use to have, more than that is too much.

Elkisland
04-09-2011, 03:37 AM
That's a good match. I think I'll pick Manny to pull off the upset.