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Albany’s Tyson Griffin earns 1st URCC Global win

Jordan Bailey, Tyson Griffin (Facebook/URCC Global)

Fighting out of Albany, California, United States, Tyson Griffin, 34, recently made a successful debut in the Ultimate Reality Combat Championship (URCC) Global. Coming out of retirement, he earned his first victory in the Philippines-based mixed martial arts promotion at “URCC 34: Destiny.”

In partnership with Hawaiian MMA organization Destiny Promotions, URCC Global held its 34th event on August 4, 2018 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. In the main event, Griffin competed in the lightweight division against Jordan Bailey, 25, of Folsom, California.

The lightweight bout between Griffin and Bailey was the 12th match at “URCC 34: Destiny.” After three rounds, the contest ended in unanimous decision in favor of the contender from Albany.

By defeating Bailey, Griffin improved his professional MMA record to 17 wins and 8 losses. On the other hand, Bailey’s record downgraded to 6 wins and 4 losses.

Prior to “URCC 34: Destiny,” Griffin was on a four-year hiatus. Before joining URCC Global, he had two consecutive losses in World Series of Fighting (WSOF).

Griffin lost to Gesias Cavalcante at ‘WSOF 4″ on August 10, 2013 in Ontario, California and to Luiz Firmino at “WSOF 10” on June 21, 2014 in Las Vegas. The former was via technical knockout while the latter was via unanimous decision.

From 2004 to 2006, Griffin was an undefeated fighter. When he made his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut on September 23, 2006 at “UFC 63,” he submitted David Lee via rear-naked choke.

Originally from California, Griffin moved to Las Vegas using the prize money he got from his first UFC victory. He then joined Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts, an MMA training organization founded by former UFC champion Randy Couture.

After a successful UFC debut, Griffin suffered his first professional MMA loss. He lost to Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision at “UFC 67” on February 2007.

Griffin competed in the UFC from 2006 to 2011. Aside from Lee, Griffin defeated Clay Guida, Thiago Tavares, Gleison Tibau, Marcus Aurelio, Rafael dos Anjos and Hermes Franca in the promotion.

Meanwhile, here is a short film featuring Griffin:

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