Preliminary Card | Lightweight · 155 lbs | MMA
Frankie Edgar defeats Tyson Griffin via 3 Round Decision
|6-0-0||Pro Record At Fight||8-0-0|
|Climbed to 7-0||Record After Fight||Fell to 8-1|
|+525 (Heavy Underdog)||Betting Odds||-700 (Huge Favorite)|
|United States||Nationality||United States|
|Toms River, New Jersey||Fighting out of||San Jose, California|
|25 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, 4 days||Age at Fight||22 years, 9 months, 2 weeks|
|154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs)|
|5'6" (168cm)||Height||5'6" (168cm)|
|68.0" (173cm)||Reach||68.0" (173cm)|
|Ricardo Almeida Jiu Jitsu||Gym||American Kickboxing Academy|
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC 67: All or Nothing
- Date: Saturday 02.03.2007
- Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
- Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
- Bout Billing: Preliminary Card (fight 3 of 9)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Broadcast: Dark Bout, Shown on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Edgar Total Disclosed Pay: $6,000
- Griffin Total Disclosed Pay: $9,000
Edgar vs. Griffin Wiki Update Wiki
UFC 67 featured two of the best fighters in MMA history in the main and co-main events, as Anderson Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson both cruised to easy victories. On the undercard, however, it was UFC newcomer (and future lightweight champion) Frankie Edgar who stole the show in a rousing three-round battle with fellow undefeated up-and-comer Tyson Griffin.
Hindsight being 20/20, it is no surprise that Edgar came out on top in this back-and-forth affair, but he certainly seemed like a longshot heading in. Not only was Edgar significantly smaller than Griffin, but Griffin had some serious hype going for him, having been the first and only fighter (at the time) to have defeated Urijah Faber.
Utilizing crisp boxing, superior ring movement, and a heart to rival that of Jon Fitch, the kid from the real Jersey Shore won a Unanimous Decision in a very high-paced fight, even by 155 lb. standards. In one of the most memorable moments of the back-and-forth contest, Edgar survived a late kneebar attempt by Griffin. Although he was caught in the submission and the hold was sunk in deep, Edgar simply gritted his teeth and pounded away at his opponent’s ribs before escaping and gutting out the remaining moments of the fight badly hurt.
In addition to being one of the greatest lightweight fights in MMA history, the bout saw both fighters emerge as contenders in the UFC’s lightweight division. For his part, Edgar eventually found an answer for “The Prodigy,” BJ Penn, when he stole Penn’s title at Abu Dhabi in one of the biggest upsets of 2010, and defended it in even more dominating fashion in a rematch against Penn four months later.