Glass Chin's Ultimate Underrated Fights - Part 1
Hey guys! I have decided that with the time I spend on this forum, maybe I can throw in my own creative contribution. I will try to do at least one of these a month, maybe more if I have time. I wanted to present a few fights that I feel have been swept under the rug or maybe forgotten about. Bear with me, as some of you may know, I'm sort of a MMA newb compared to most of the forum. I only became a fan around 2008 or 2009, so I'm sure most of you have seniority on me as far as fans of the sport. If my "Ultimate Underrated" seem to be "Zuffa Zombie" like in a sense, I apologize. UFC is what got me into the sport. So here goes it.Date: April 1st, 2009
Event: UFC Fight Night - Condit vs. Kampman
Venue: Sommet Center - Nashville, Tenn.Tyson Griffin vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Headlined by a barn burner of a fight itself, UFC Fight Night 18 - Condit vs. Kampman, was a night of amazing fights and finishes. We got to see Junie Browning get his shit pushed in and finally silenced by Cole Miller, as well as some exciting finishes from the talent on the under card. But all the night's fights were pale in comparison to this spectacular lightweight bout. Sadly, I could not find full footage of the fight but if you have fight pass, you can check it out.
Tyson Griffin was returning to action, after only his second career defeat, in a very close decision loss to Sean Sherk. The judge's scorecards gave Sherk a unanimous decision victory but anyone who saw the fight, knew it was much closer. Rafael Dos Anjos on the other hand was coming off of the first knockout loss of his career, a devastating finish via the brutal right uppercut of Jeremy Stephens, in a fight some say could have gone his way on the judge's scorecards. Both guys had something to prove, and needed to bounce back.
Griffin came out displaying great improvement in his striking. His head movement and footwork looked impressive as well as the added kicks and combinations new to his arsenal. He was getting the best of the dangerous Brazilian grappler in the stand up department but that is not to say Dos Anjos didn't have his moments striking as well. But, it was when the fighters got in close and in the clinch that Dos Anjos did his work. He threatened with submissions almost every moment of the fight. Whenever he had his hands on Griffin, he tried to contort something. Then about mid way in the first round, this happened...
What could only be described as a compression move, I had no idea what it was I was witnessing. I could only compare it to a move I was more familiar with, the calf slicer. The move had a drastic affect on Griffin's leg, and for the remainder of the first round as well as the majority of the second round, you could tell his leg was not the same. Griffin wasn't able to plant or put pressure on the leg and it was obvious the leg was bothering him greatly. As Griffin was now drastically less mobile and dangerous, this was Dos Anjos' chance to turn it up on the feet. He picked up his lateral movement and footwork. He was able to pick his shots from the outside for most of the second round, and kept threatening with submissions, when Griffin tried to grapple.
Soon, Griffin was able to get that spring back in his leg and was able to pick it up late in the second round. The fight was still close entering the third. I had it a round a piece and both men were willing to trade and get in some good shots as well as taking a few. By the third round, Tyson was once again able to pick Dos Anjos a part. His striking really looked amazing. And the ability to come back from that devastating leg lock showed incredible heart and will. Tyson just proved to be the better more powerful striker. Dos Anjos being the warrior he is, was still going for submissions till the very end. With thirty second left, he almost pulled off a near submission victory after locking up a kimura. Griffin went on to win a unanimous decision victory and both fighters won Fight of the Night bonuses. Result: Tyson Griffin defeats Rafael dos Anjos by Unanimous Decision (30-27. 30-27, 30-27)