Like all Mixed Martial Artists, UFC lightweight contender Tyson Griffin undoubtedly understands the risks involved to his health each time he steps into the ring; that his life is literally on the line when competing in a combat sport. However, outside of the Octagon, as Griffin learned during a recent trip, the same fine balance between breathing and burial is also in place away from the ringside medical personnel and regulations put in place to emphasize a fighter’s safety.
According to his Twitter account, the 26-year old was returning from a “long weekend of camping, fishing, (and) dealing with lots of wind on the water” when he had “a near death experience towing the boat.” The episode was apparently so serious he marveled at the fact he was about to run at Xtreme Couture instead of being in a hospital.
Five Ounces of Pain followed up on Griffin’s message in hopes of gleaning more details and learned exactly how lucky the 155-pounder is to still be in place to fight Evan Dunham at UFC 115, let alone train or even walk.
“Basically I avoided hitting three cars like a bowling ball by swerving to the dirt past the shoulder at about 40 mph while towing a boat and stopped five feet in front of the start of a guard rail.”
Griffin has a professional record of 14-2 with notable wins over Clay Guida, Urijah Faber, and most recently Hermes Franca at UFC 103 last September.
UFC 115 takes place in Vancouver on June 12th and is headlined by a clash between UFC icons Rich Franklin and Chuck Liddell. Other fights scheduled for the card include Pat Barry vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Paulo Thiago vs. Martin Kampmann.