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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-13-2008, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Griffin Shoots Down Rematch Rumors

Despite a firestorm of rumors regarding a possible rematch between Tyson Griffin and Urijah Faber at 145 lbs, Griffin has stated that he has no intention to fight the California Kid anytime soon.
Griffin spoke recently to TAGG Radio about the possibility of a rematch somewhere in the near future.

"I'm 180 pounds right now," Griffin said. "There's no way I'm making 145 pounds. Ever. I don't see that happening.

Griffin also spoke to how content he feels in the talent rich UFC light weight division.

"There's no truth to me moving anywhere," Griffin said. "I've never heard that from anybody. I do not plan on moving in weight class or organization. I'm happy with where I'm at."

"They just get tougher and tougher," Griffin said of his opponents. "I definitely don't get a break in competition.

It seems that Griffin would rather work his way through the ranks of the 155 pound division than accept any sort of super fight with 145 pound champion, Urijah Faber.

"I just think it comes down to the way I am and the way I compete, even before I was part of the UFC," Griffin said. "And as soon as I became a part of [the UFC], I made sure my manager told them straight up and down I want to fight stiff competition. The more challenges I have the better."

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That sucks, I think faber would take it if they did rematch.

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If Faber really wants a rematch badly, then he can and probably would move up to lightweight, even just for a one-off fight with Griffin.

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I wouldn't care much for a Tyson/Faber rematch. I'm much more interested in seeing Faber up against top guys in the division for giant super fights. Either that, or a move down to fight Torres. Either would be fine for me.
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Not a chance in hell Faber could cut down to fight Torres. He's already a big featherweight.
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Not a chance in hell Faber could cut down to fight Torres. He's already a big featherweight.
Since making his move to World Extreme Cagefighting, featherweight champion Urijah Faber has become the face of the organization and one of the most popular fighters in all of mixed martial arts.

With that fame and notoriety comes opportunity and he is ready to capitalize on some very big fights in the near future.

One fight out of his weight class is against Tyson Griffin, who is the only fighter to currently have a win over the “California Kid.” It’s a loss that Faber wants back and says should have already happened.

“I’d like to fight Tyson (Griffin) again. For some reason he keeps saying that I don’t want to fight him. Which is really weird, I don’t know if he really believes that or he’s just trying to promote it,” said Faber during a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio. “I actually signed a crappy contract with King of the Cage a long time ago under the impression that we were going to have a rematch. It was right when Tyson signed with the UFC, so it never happened.

“I’d like to get that one back before it’s all said and done.”

Faber stated that he would have no problem moving back up to the lightweight class of 155 pounds to take that fight against Griffin and hopes for a few more big fights in that division, as well as the 135-pound weight class down the road.

“I’d like to do a couple fights at 155,” he commented. “I walk around about 154, but I wouldn’t necessarily put on weight, I’d just kind of go in as I am. I think before it’s all said and done, I will have fought some super fights at 55, probably some at 35, and make my home at 45.”

The current 145-pound king makes no bones about who he wants to face if the challenge were to ever be accepted and that’s very simply stated.

“Whoever has the belt really,” Faber stated as to whom he’d like to fight in the lightweight division. “As of right now, my buddy B.J. (Penn) just went up to 170, so I don’t know if he’s planning on going back to 155 or what, but I’d have to talk with him and see if that’s something he’d want to do also.”

Other names brought up for future consideration could also include current WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres. Faber feels that a co-promoted show with the WEC and the Ultimate Fighting Championship or just a WEC pay-per-view could go a long way to help build these fights.

Willing to go up or down a weight class to make the fights the fans want to see is definitively what Faber has said he’ll do and he wants to get the plan in motion.

“I’d like to do some big fights. That’s what needs to happen for my career,” he said. “Maybe go down in a year or two and see who’s at 35. There’s a lot of options out there for me, just looking forward to letting it all pan out.”
This coming straight from Faber's mouth. So YES, he could.
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That sucks, I think faber would take it if they did rematch.
Faber is definitely the better fighter pound for pound, but Griffen is a lot bigger than Faber. I think he normally walks around at ~30lbs more than Faber does. So on fight night, I'd expect Griffen to outweigh Faber by at least 20lbs if the fight was at 155, that's not a good matchup for Faber. It's be better for his career and image if he goes down rather than up.

BTW, Faber wouldn't have any problems getting down to 140 to fight Torres. He said himself that he'd have no problems dropping down to 135 for Kid Yamamoto fight as well, which AceFranklin88 just linked to.
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It would obviously be a great fight. And I'd love to see it. ATM, they're at different points in their carreers so It's not as compelling a matchup as it has the potential to be.

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He needs to beat Sherk first. If Penn vacates the belt there could be a title shot in Griffin's near future.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-14-2008, 04:45 AM
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damn that stumpy dude cuts 35 pounds

faber/griffin would be an interesting fight though. but man, 36 lb weight advantage is pretty significant...
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