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Tyson Griffin heats things up outside of the Octagon

Though only 27-years old, Tyson Griffin has found his second calling by preparing himself for a life after the Octagon by working with food.

Griffin, who will meet Bart Palaszewski at UFC 137 on the Spike TV portion of the event’s preliminary pairings, wants to become a restaurateur when his fighting career is over. For now, he settles for using his other passion as a way to remain in fit physical condition.

The Xtreme Couture member has won five “Fight of the Night” honors, but is just 1-3 in his last four bouts and was last seen defeating Manny Gamburyan in June by Majority Decision.

“Food is definitely one of the bigger passions in my life,” said Griffin, in a recent interview with the UFC’s website. “I’ve been trying to create healthy stuff that tastes good in camp and keeping the good, fattening stuff out of camp.”

Griffin’s main delights include a tomato and basil soup with fried eggs along with a fruit and oat shake. The ability to find healthy foods has also helped Griffin drop down from lightweight to featherweight.

The win over Gamburyan was important to Griffin’s career, as he had already received one special exception by UFC President Dana White after his controversial decision loss to Nik Lentz because White felt like Griffin should have been declared the winner.

“Beating Manny, I thought I acquitted myself pretty well,” Griffin said. “I guess it didn’t turn out that way because it wasn’t a very exciting fight, but Manny fought for the title and he was world-ranked. I feel like I’ve already beaten one of the top guys and I have to keep winning to keep myself out there.”

UFC 137 takes place October 29 from Las Vegas, Nevada and features a main event pitting Nick Diaz against B.J. Penn.


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