It wasn't the most scintillating bout Tyson Griffin's ever been a part of, but it was a clear win over a tough Manny Gamburyan at UFC Live 4. The fight went all three rounds and two of three judges scored it for Griffin. The third scored it a 29-29 tie.
Gamburyan, who last fought for the WEC title against Jose Aldo, put on a gritty effort. He took Griffin down with a variety of techniques and never got clowned on the feet. What made the difference was Griffin's leg kicks. Gamburyan's corner vainly applied ice to his bruised left thigh between rounds, but by the end Manny had to switch to a southpaw stance to protect his lead leg.
Griffin won his featherweight debut and against a former title challenger no less. Another win or two and I figure we'll see the UFC rush him into the title picture. He joins Kenny Florian as a long-time lightweight contender moving down to the featherweight ranks. It's a good way to break in the new division with fans.