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Old 09-15-2007, 06:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Griffin vs. Tavares Discussion

I couldn't find a sticky w/ this so I thought I'd start a discussion.

This is a tough match to call. Seems like Tavares is the favourite, but I'm think I'm taking Tyson. I see Tavares coming out very aggressive in the first round, going immediately for the takedown, and it being stuff'd/reversed by tyson, who finishes the fight from the top position fending off submission attempts. With round 2 and 3 being similar except Tavares being out of gas and Tyson pounding out a decision.

I'd like some responses to see what everyone else thinks, maybe I'll change my position.
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Old 09-15-2007, 06:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Tavares is not the favorite. He's a considerable underdog. He's +135, while Griffin is -165. Most guys online seem to take Tavares, but the gamblers are ironically loading up on Griffin.

I like Griffin in this fight, for sure, and I wish the Tavares fans would put their money where their mouth is.
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Old 09-15-2007, 06:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tavares is not the favorite. He's a considerable underdog. He's +135, while Griffin is -165. Most guys online seem to take Tavares, but the gamblers are ironically loading up on Griffin.

I like Griffin in this fight, for sure, and I wish the Tavares fans would put their money where their mouth is.
yeah sorry bout that...

i assumed he was the underdog cuz on the facebook fantasy pool it says:

72.84% of users have picked Thiago Tavares to Win
27.16% of users have picked Tyson Griffin to Win

but then again it also says:

25.52% of users have picked Jon Fitch to Win
74.48% of users have picked Diego Sanchez to Win

so yeah, never use as reason again..noted.
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really not sure how this one is going to go. my pick is with tavares, but i haven't seen enough of him to be able to pick with any level of accuracy. depends on how good of shape he comes in at. i guess we'll just have to see.
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I don't think Tavares is going to shoot right away, isn't he a practicing black belt in Muay Thai? I think Tyson will be the one to take it to the ground.

It's hard to judge how good Tavares is, considering his last opponent looked malnourished.
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tavares fought a guy who made skeletor look fat at the weigh-ins. not impressed at all. griffin for the win
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I don't think Tavares is going to shoot right away, isn't he a practicing black belt in Muay Thai? I think Tyson will be the one to take it to the ground.

It's hard to judge how good Tavares is, considering his last opponent looked malnourished.
Muay Thai doesn't have belts? =\
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Tavares is a freakin' machine; the guy just doesn't stop, has a good ground game, and pretty good wrestling.

Griffin has improved striking, good wrestling, and a good ground game. The problem with Tyson is that he can gas.

I haven't seen Tavares gas yet, and I do believe that he'll push the pace against Griffin.

Tough fight for me to predict, but right now, I'm going with Thiago Tavares. His sourpuss look is impressive.
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I think Tyson is a little overrated by some people. Not saying he sucks at all, definately a top guy but I remember after he debuted and beat some nobody named Jason Lee in a minute or 2 people were saying Tyson would dominate the division with ease and all sorts of Vera-like talk. Since then he has lost to Frank Edgar, and many people feel he lost against Clay Guida.

Tavares looked extremely good against a tough opponent in Jason Black. His ground game was almost flawless, but I'm not sure on his standup. I don't remember how well he fought on his feet in that fight and I don't know enough about him to know if his standup is any better than Tyson's. I think his ground game alone looks good enough to beat Tyson.
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