1,505 days will have passed since Tyson Griffin (16-8) last stripped down to a pair of spandex shorts, four-ounce gloves, and a mouthpiece before a roaring arena, but the thirty-four-year-old MMA icon out of the Northern California’s Bay Area plans to reset the clock at Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC): Destiny on August 4, 2018.
Griffin began his run as a professional mixed martial artist in 2004. Along Griffin’s journey, he clawed his way out of the local circuit and etched a place for himself as a viable contender in the UFC’s lightweight division—bolstering a resume with names carrying considerable value, such as: Urijah Faber, Duane Ludwig, Clay Guida, Rafael Dos Anjos, Gleison Tibau, and others. While on a hiatus from competition, Griffin never strayed far from the canvas; in fact, he began sharpening the skillsets of amateurs and professionals alike under the roof of his gym: Performance Fitness and Mixed Martial Artists. After his developing squadron compiled some success stories, the itch to mount a comeback couldn’t be ignored any longer.
While the MMA community is eager to welcome Griffin with open arms, his opposition at URCC: Destiny, Jordan Bailey (6-3), will do so with closed fists. Though his layoff wasn’t nearly as lengthy as Griffin’s, Bailey, since aligning with MMAGOLD in 2016, has been able to get back to the business of hurting others and have his hand raised at Conquer FC 3, defeating Bren O’Neal via unanimous decision.
URCC: Destiny still appears to be under construction, but, as for now, the Philippines-based promotion has acquired an intriguing start for their visit to the Craneway Pavilion in the City in Richmond, which includes:
Anthony Do vs. Fritz Biagtan for the URCC Flyweight Title
Ryan Dela Cruz vs. Darren Uyenoyama in the featherweight division
Jordan Bailey vs. Tyson Griffin in the lightweight division