Despite now having lost his last three fights lightweight fighter Tyson Griffin will be granted another lifeline by Dana White.
Griffin lost to Nick Lentz last night by a curious split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30) despite the vast majority of those in attendance having been convinced that Griffin had the fight in the bag.
Apparently White was one of them.
“Tyson Griffin got [expletive] big time tonight,” the UFC president stated at the UFC 123 post-fight press conference.
Griffin himself said afterwards that he too was baffled by the decision and was close to tears over it, but vowed that if he was cut by the UFC that he would get back to winning ways and win back his place in the roster as soon as possible.
That won’t be necessary however as the promotion now plan to keep him on-board according to MMAJunkie, and that seems like a smart move. Griffin has undoubtedly hit a rough patch, including a loss to rising star Evan Dunham and a vicious KO defeat to the veteran Takanori Gomi, leaving him 7-5 in the promotion.
Despite that it should not be forgotten that before that Griffin was one of the promotion’s most dependable fighters, producing no less than five ‘Fight Of The Night’ performances and one ‘Submission Of The Night’ award, defeating tough fighters like Clay Guida, Gleison Tibau, Rafael Dos Anjos and Hermes Franca along the way.
With a significant number of WEC fighters now set to bolster the division even further places are limited, but there’s definitely still a place for a fighter of Griffin’s caliber, particularly given that he’s still just 26 years of age.
Meanwhile, one fighter who won’t be given another lifeline however is Karo Parisyan. At one stage in his career The Armenian was also a top performer for the UFC, but in recent years issues with injuries, pain killers and panic attacks have taken their toll on him.
That was clearly evident as an out-of-shape Parisyan found himself TKO’d less than two minutes into his fight with Dennis Hallman last night.
““I said, Karo, this is it, I’m going to give you one more shot, and I think he showed tonight he can’t perform here any more,” White said later before confirming that this would be the end of the road for the Judokan.