Tyson Griffin’s first fight since being released from the UFC ended successfully last night at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 as he claimed a decision win over another former UFC fighter Efrain Escudero.
Griffin had come into the fight with just one win in his last five bouts, a surprising slump for a fighter who had once been a significant player in the UFC’s lightweight division.
Former TUF winner Escudero had also just arrived at RFA from the UFC following a two-fight skid, so there was a lot riding on this one for both men as they looked to get back to winning ways.
Considering the caliber of the fighters the fight didn’t prove to be the barnburner some had hoped for, but it was competitive.
In the end Griffin managed to control the action with his superior grappling, though Escudero did threaten with frequent submissions, and had his opponent in trouble with a few armbar attempts.
The fight went to the judges who declared Griffin the unanimous decision winner (30-27 x2, 29-28).
You can check out all the results from RFA 4 below.
It’s also worth noting that RFA are a promotion worth keeping tabs on in the future as there’s been some interesting rumors lately that they may be developing into something of a feeder league for the UFC.
The evidence for that includes the fact that Ed Soares, manager of Anderson Silva amongst others and a friend of Dana White’s, has been installed as it’s president, while last night’s event was held at the Station Casino in Las Vegas which just happens to be owned by the UFC’s Fertitta brothers.
There’s also the fact that fighters like Griffin and Escudero who’ve just left the UFC dropping into RFA along with potential up and coming stars like Sergio Pettis (Anthony Pettis’ younger brother), and with Bellator about to become a bigger player with their upcoming move to Spike TV and Strikeforce’s future hanging in the balance it would make sense for the UFC to have another way to have some control over what’s happening outside of their own four walls.
Tyson Griffin def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Chidi Njokuani def. Phil Dace via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:41
Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz def. Joe Yager via submission (inverted triangle choke) – Round 2, 4:16
Lance Palmer def. Fredson Paixao via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
James Krause def. Guillherme Trindade via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:31
Dakota Cochrane def. Derrick Burnsed via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:38
Sergio Pettis def. Jimmy Jones via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Chris Holdsworth def. Tyler Smith via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:32
Steve Mocco def. Tyler Perry via submission (kimura) – Round 2, 1:34
Cory Galloway def. Jerry Shapiro via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:15
Jordan Isordia def. Joey Angelo via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)