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Tyson Griffin vs. Takanari Gomi set for “UFC on Versus 2″ with Joe Stevenson injured

Joe Stevenson has dropped out of his upcoming lightweight showdown with Takanori Gomi at “UFC on Versus 2” due to a knee injury and Tyson Griffin will step in to face the former PRIDE champion at the August 1 event.

The news comes according to a report on the Wrestling Observer.

Griffin is coming off of a split decision loss to Evan Dunham at UFC 115, and has gone 7-3 in his ten appearances in the UFC. The Xtreme Couture trained fighter’s victories came against Hermes Franca, Clay Guida, Rafeal Dos Anjos, and Gleison Tibau, while his only losses have been to former champion Sean Sherk, current champ Frankie Edgar, and Dunham.

Gomi made his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 21 against Kenny Florian. In the third round, Florian submitted the Japanese superstar with a rear-naked choke. Gomi is looking for his first victory in the UFC after competing in Sengoku and various promotions since the fall of PRIDE FC.

UFC on Versus 2 will take place on August 1 from the San Diego Sports Arena.

  • FightFan313 says:

    2 ultra durable guys that can stand and scrap. this is a really good match up.

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  • MCM says:

    If the old Gomi shows up, this could turn into a great match…..unfortunately, I see Griffin repeatedly taking him down and pounding him out for 3 rnds and the dec.

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  • Rich S. says:

    Yeah MCM, horrible match up for Takanori..

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Def. wasn’t impressed with Gomi his last time out…

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  • Connor Cobain says:

    Gomi said he revamped his training after what he said was a humiliating defeat. That being said if he comes out like the old Gomi this could be a decient match up. Tyson has a short reach and likes to stand and bang without any real power. Gomi has power and if he raddles Tyson his wrestling can get him back of his feat. After all Tyson is not the best wrestler.

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  • Dufresne says:

    I too see Griffin coming out and going for the takedown and GnP. He may try and stand for a little while since his last victory was a KO over a usually durable Franca, but I doubt lightning will strike twice for him. I see Griffin via UD unless Gomi connects early and hard.

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