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UFC Lightweight Tyson Griffin To Drop To Featherweight Division

Tyson GriffinAfter suffering through a three fight losing streak, UFC lightweight Tyson Griffin will look to re-energize his career by dropping down to the 145 lbs featherweight division.

Griffin announced his plans, as well as an update on his recently discovered knee injury, via video message on his official website:

“It’s going to be a little bit longer before I can commit to a fight. I’ve been having some problems in my knee (and) decided to get an MRI. (They) found some tears in my meniscus. Decided to get those cleaned out and its going to be a few more weeks before I can put my knee to the test and make sure things are good to go and commit to a fight. Nobody wants me back in the Octagon quicker then I do. (I) got some big plans for 2011 and unfortunately they’re put on hold right now. But those plans are to move to 145 (lbs) and make a run for that belt.”

Griffin suffered his third loss in a row at UFC 123 this past November, in a bout that featured a controversial split decision loss to Nik Lentz. Fortunately for Griffin, UFC President Dana White was one of many that believed that the judges made the wrong decision.

Before the Lentz bout, Griffin suffered a first round knockout loss to Takanori Gomi in August and a split decision loss to Evan Dunham in June.

Prior to the losing skid, Griffin held an impressive record of 14-2 including UFC wins over Hermes Franca, Rafeal dos Anjos, and Clay Guida.

Griffin also owns a win over former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber early in his career.

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