UFN 18 Preview: Tyson Griffon vs. Rafael Dos Anjos
By Garrett Bailey
Ultimate Fight Night 18 features a UFC veteran against a fighter in only his second UFC showing. Tyson Griffon vs. Rafael Dos Anjo’s makes their way to the televised portion of the card, beating out Gleison Tibau vs. Jeremy Stephens, which is a better fight in my opinion.
Tyson Griffon is a decision king, with 6 of his past 7 fights going the decision. I know he is exciting at times, but he won’t go anywhere in the UFC eeking out decisions. Sooner or later he needs to get back to stopping people, or just plain dominate fights, which he does not do currently. He has a grand opportunity here to knock someone out. Training with the Xtreme Couture guys, he should come back looking good after losing to Sean Sherk at UFC 90. Griffon will do the same thing he always does in all his fights. Bang. Takedown, submission attempts. Decision win.
Rafael Dos Anjos lost his UFC debut to Jeremy Stephans at UFC 91 via knockout in the 3rd round. UFC fighters can’t afford to lose 2 fights in a row, especially when it’s only your second ever UFC fight. Anjo’s has had a good career on the smaller MMA shows, winning all but 2 out of 13 fights. Like the majority of fighters from Brazil, Anjo’s is a good BJJ artist with 6 wins coming by way of submission. The Gracie Fusion trained(whatever a Gracie fusion is, I don’t know) will be looking to do the same April 1st, although I don’t see him slapping on a good enough submission to tap a guy who has never been tapped in MMA competition.
Griffon is the favorite and the UFC is expecting him to beat Anjos, or Griffon would be cut because that makes 2 straight losses for him as well. Anjos may not be better at one aspect of MMA than Griffon, but for some reason I feel him being able to handle his own and beat the very tough UFC veteran. This time the judges will have Griffon losing via unanimous decision.