Tyson Griffin Interview

We all know what we get with UFC lightweight Tyson Griffin – a hard worker who is currently on a four-fight winning streak with victories over Clay Guida, Thiago Tavares, Gleison Tibau and Marcus Aurelio; he is looking to get a shot at the UFC lightweight title as he takes on Sean Sherk at UFC 90 on October 25.  Griffin got together with FiveOuncesOfPain.com’s Sam Caplan for an interview, which covered a variety of topics, including a possible title shot, fighting against Urijah Faber, his alleged “gym jumping” and more.  Below are some excerpts from the interview:

Sam Caplan: In a recent interview you said you had no interest moving down to 145 lbs. to fight Urijah Faber again. What if he was willing to move up to 155 lbs. and fight you in the UFC?

Tyson Griffin: I’m up for anything that the UFC puts in front of me. He had the opportunity a long time ago to move up to my weight class, which is the only way the rematch is going to happen and it hasn’t happened yet. I’m not opposed to anyone at 155, I’m just not one to cut the weight and be a 145 pounder.

Sam Caplan: You’ll be fighting Sean Sherk next at UFC 90 on Oct. 25. He’s a former UFC lightweight champ and a former number one contender. If you beat him, do you feel like you’ll deserve a guaranteed shot at the lightweight title?

Tyson Griffin: I don’t think they’ll be any guarantee but I definitely think that if I win over Sean Sherk that I’m deserving of a title shot or at least a chance to fight for a number one contendership if they don’t have a title fight soon. I think it will be a big move for my career and big jump in rankings for the UFC.

Sam Caplan: Sherk’s a good wrestler and you’re a good wrestler. Who do you consider to be the better wrestler of the two?

Tyson Griffin: I guess we’ll see Oct. 25. We both never really wrestled at a Division I level but we both have Division I-level training partners and it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top as far as wrestling skills.

Sam Caplan: What do you think of Sherk’s standup?

Tyson Griffin: I think he’s well-rounded. He uses his punches, his kicks, his elbows; he does everything. He’s a true mixed martial artist and it’s going to be a fun fight.

For the rest of this interview, click here.

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