Tyson Griffin had one of the most impressive fights of his UFC career Saturday, defeating Hermes Franca by second-round knockout at UFC 103 in Dallas.
The fight wasn't quite as fast-paced and action-packed as expected in the early going, and the Dallas fans even began to boo in the first round. Franca, in particular, was taking his time in the first round and letting Griffin control the action.
But in the second round it turned into the kind of brawl that fans expected, and the crowd went wild as Franca and Griffin exchanged a flurry of strikes. And then, with two minutes left in the second round, Griffin landed a powerful right hand that sent Franca flat on his back. At that point he pounced, landed several more hard strikes on the ground, and eventually knocked Franca out.
"I had to worry about getting knocked out, and that kept me at my best," Griffin said afterward. "My corner told me between rounds be patient and you'll get him."
Griffin has often been criticized for going to decision too often, but that wasn't the case Saturday night, with a big win that improves him to 14-2 in his MMA career. For Franca, who falls to 19-8, it was just the second time he's ever been stopped.
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Tyson Griffin (record 13-W, 2-L) will be going up against the very talented Hermes Franca (record 20-W, 7-L).
Tyson thoughts "Hermes Franca, outside from being a real nice guy, I think he is the most dangerous fighters I have fought yet. He has KO power in his hands and great jiu-jitsu."
Hermes thoughts "Tyson is an excellent and well rounded fighter who likes to push the pace. It should be an exciting fight."
This fight is big for both these lightweight talents (155lbs class); Tyson is coming off a win over Rafael Dos Anjos and a very close loss over Sean Sherk. Hermes just beat Marcus Aurelio after serving his 1 year suspension from "performance enhancing supplements". The lightweight division is getting stronger and more energetic as time goes by and these two world class athletes are the ones to watch come this Saturday night.
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Weigh in results are in:
Rich Franklin 195 lbs. vs. Vitor Belfort 196.25 lbs.***
Junior dos Santos 236 lbs. vs. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic 226 lbs.
Martin Kampmann 169.5 lbs. vs. Paul Daley 170 lbs.
Josh Koscheck 170 lbs. vs. Frank Trigg 170.25 lbs.
Tyson Griffin 155.5 lbs. vs. Hermes Franca 159 lbs.**
live on Spike TV (9 P.M. ET)
Efrain Escudero 157 lbs.* vs. Cole Miller 155 lbs.
Drew McFedries 185.25 lbs. vs. Tomasz Drwal 185 lbs.
may not be televised
Jim Miller 154.5 lbs. vs. Steve Lopez 154.5 lbs.
Rafaello Oliveira 155.25 lbs. vs. Nik Lentz 155 lbs.
Ricky Story 170 lbs. vs. Brian Foster 170.75 lbs.
Eliot Marshall 204.75 lbs. vs. Jason Brilz 205.25 lbs.
Vladimir Matyushenko 205 lbs. vs. Igor Pokrajac 203 lbs.
Rafael dos Anjos 155.5 lbs. vs. Robert Emerson 155.5 lbs
Tyson Griffin KO's Hermes Franca in the 2nd round
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