In a lightweight battle of UFC veterans, Tyson Griffin (16-6) earned a unanimous-decision win over Efrain Escudero (18-6).
The bout served as the main event of Friday's Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 event, which took place at Las Vegas' Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel. The night's main card aired on AXS TV.
Griffin had to survive a few tight armbar attempts from his opponent, but his powerful strikes and wrestling control eventually earned him the win.
The action started quickly, and Griffin pushed in and settled into top position after shucking off a quick triangle-choke attempt. Griffin postured up to land big blows and had to fight through rapid-fire upkicks. Escudero then rolled out for a belly-down armbar that seemed certain to end the fight, but Griffin kept his arm free and moved back to the feet. Griffin landed a few solid shots in the standup game, but Escudero looked comfortable and transitioned to an earnest guillotine attempt in the final seconds.
Griffin continued to throw bombs on the feet in the second frame. Escudero returned fire, but it was Griffin who was launching haymakers. Escudero looked for a takedown two minutes into the round, but Griffin defended it and scored a trip of his own before grinding away from his opponent's guard. Escudero again looked for an armbar, but Griffin avoided the trouble and kept his dominant position.
Both fighters continued to press in the third frame. Griffin continued to look for big overhand rights, and he was just a little quicker to the punch. Another takedown saw Griffin in top position, and Escudero again threatened with a slick transition to armbar. However, Griffin again escaped and eventually transitioned to the back. Escudero turned in and tried for a guillotine choke, but Griffin pulled free. They broke apart in the final minute, and an off-balance Griffin hit the floor. Escudero took a solid position and landed several punches and elbows to the body, but it was too little, too late.
Griffin improves to 2-1 in his past three fights. Escudero has dropped three consecutive fights.