UFC featherweight Tyson Griffin may be seen by many as a grappler by trade but in reality he has as many TKOs to his credit as decisions. A scrappy 27-year old out of Xtreme Couture, Griffin will put his entire skill-set to the test this weekend at UFC 137 when he faces Bart Palaszewski who is only a year older but boasts more than twice as much in-ring experience as Griffin.
Given Palaszewski’s well-rounded attack, Griffin will certainly have to be prepared to produce on a number of fronts when they square off on Spike TV during the preliminary lead-up to the PPV headlined by Nick Diaz vs. B.J. Penn.
The 15-5 Griffin recently addressed his approach to fighting in general and why he feels “comfortable” by the challenge Palaszewski presents, explaining to MMAWeekly, “I love the striking game, I like kicking, I like punching; I like it all. I think every one of my fights I’ve thrown at least one low kick. At the same time you’ve got to be a smart fighter and this is (MMA). You’ve got to pick your opponents apart and being where you think they’re the weakest and where you have the greatest advantage.”
In terms of what area he feels he can excel at against the 35-14 “Bartimus”, Griffin said he may rely on some of his mat-based acumen to bring home the win and hopefully move within a fight of facing 145-pound champion Jose Aldo.
“I go into fights feeling like I can out-strike anybody, I can out-scramble anybody, I can out-grapple anybody, and I feel like my conditioning is always the best going into fights. I don’t think it gives me any less comfort or more comfort to know he’s got a little bit of a weakness in wrestling.”
Fans can catch Griffin’s go at Palaszewski when things fire up at 8:00 PM EST on Spike with the broadcast’s other bout featuring Dennis Siver’s scrap with Donald Cerrone.
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