The UFC announced today that Tyson Griffin will make his featherweight debut against former top contender Manvel “Manny” Gamburyan at UFC on Versus 4.
“Highly-ranked Manvel Gamburyan and the always-exciting Tyson Griffin have verbally agreed to face one another June 26,” said UFC President Dana White.
Formerly a UFC lightweight competitor, Gamburyan dropped to the featherweight division in the summer of 2009 and rattled off three wins in that division (including a stunning knockout over former champ Mike Brown) to earn a title shot against current 145lbs. kingpin Jose Aldo. The Brazilian phenom made short work of Gamburyan, knocking him out early in the second round at WEC 51. Gamburyan has not appeared in the cage since that fight, which went down in September of last year.
Griffin is currently on a three-fight losing skid (though his latest defeat, a split decision to Nik Lentz, was found to be controversial by many), having posted defeats to Evan Dunham (split decision), Takanori Gomi (knockout) and Nik Lentz (split decision). This will be his first fight at 145 lbs.
UFC Live on Versus 4 will take place on June 26, 2011. A location for the event has not yet been announced.