Despite losing skid, Tyson Griffn won't be cut from UFC

by Dann Stupp | source:

Although once a top UFC lightweight contender, Tyson Griffin since has posted three consecutive losses.

The latest came Saturday on the untelevised preliminary card of UFC 123, where Griffin (14-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) suffered a controversial split-decision defeat to Nick Lentz (20-3-2 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC).

And though Griffin now has suffered a trio of defeats, UFC president Dana White said the Xtreme Couture fighter won't be cut from the organization's roster.

White knows MMA judging has its problems and continually cautions fighters not to leave their fate in the officials' hands, but he's adamant Griffin got a raw deal.

"Tyson Griffin got [expletive] big time tonight," White said.

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shootfightermike site profile image  

11/22/10 7:36 PM by shootfightermike


5 o clock shadow site profile image  

11/21/10 6:03 PM by 5 o clock shadow

It seems like the judges gave less credit for holding an opponent against the fence and split-second takedowns (Lentz was right back up after a few Tyson takedowns, including a cat-like flip/roll out of a big slam). Unfortunately for disgruntled UG fans, the change in judging criteria they asked for after Lentz / Winner ended up benefiting Lentz in this one. As a former training partner of the Carnie, I'll admit my bias. However, I could see round one going either way, and I had Lentz taking round 3, although a case could be made for Tyson given the damage he dealt earlier in the round.Tyson fights only top guys, so I can't really blame him for not finishing people. He is still a quality fighter and a tough match up for anyone at 155lbs. Hopefully the UFC will keep him on the roster -even if he goes to a decision a lot, the guy fights his ass off and rarely has a boring fight. fos

Talengard site profile image  

11/21/10 3:12 PM by Talengard

I'd like to see more concrete criteria on how the fight is judged so this can stop happening. I had Tyson Griffin winning the fight, but once you put it in the hands of the judges, your complaints lack weight. It's not like winning by eye poke (Burns v Johnson) or being struck illegally (Silva v Okami or Jones v Hamil), you lost a decision. Either way, the UFC and the fans know how his performance was regardless of what the judges said, so as long as we know who really won it's fine.

KenTheWalrus site profile image  

11/21/10 3:12 PM by KenTheWalrus

I actually scored it for Lentz, but I'm a Carnie fan. I felt in the first and second (iirc) that Lentz was more effective. 

Peckerwood site profile image  

11/21/10 3:07 PM by Peckerwood

Dana White said Tyson got "fucked" so obviously it was a bad desc. No one likes Nick Lentz lets be honest.

ZugZug site profile image  

11/21/10 3:06 PM by ZugZug

Who the hell knows what Rogan's thinking sometimes.He has a hard on for certain types of guys. Mainly grapplers.

Justinmacd site profile image  

11/21/10 2:56 PM by Justinmacd

Remember when Joe Rogan called Tyson Griffin a future HOFer?

crispy_greens site profile image  

11/21/10 2:55 PM by crispy_greens

it wasnt that bad of a robbery, the dude needs to drop to 145 ASAP

Thunderlips The Ultimate Male site profile image  

11/21/10 2:51 PM by Thunderlips The Ultimate Male

I always laugh when people say "just finish" like it's easy to do at the highest levels.

ZugZug site profile image  

11/21/10 2:40 PM by ZugZug

He's fine with the BS decisions when he wins.Whines about it when he loses.His last 10 fights:8 decisions (5 wins 3 losses)2 KOs (1 win 1 loss)No whining.