Four years have passed since Tyson Griffin last appeared inside a cage. The last time this hometown hero from the Bay Area added a tally to his win column was 2012. Fresh out of retirement with the sweetness of victory still dancing on his taste buds, Griffin sent a sour message about the art of Jiu-Jitsu during his post-fight speech at URCC Destiny, saying it’s “for pussies.”
Prior to Griffin’s long-awaited return to mixed martial arts inside Richmond, California’s Craneway Pavilion on August 4, 2018, he, in the very same venue several months earlier, had entered his warrior spirit into a submission-only grappling event, Fight to Win Pro 62, against Ramsey Nijem, another former member of the UFC’s roster. Unfortunately for Griffin, as he outlined for the audience in the wake of defeating Jordan Bailey by way of unanimous decision, a lack of face-punching extinguished any fire that burned within.
In a stellar combination of syllables, Griffin warmed the hearts of onlookers with the realization that, after fourteen years in the game, URCC Destiny was the only father and son moment shared in such a manner, yet he simultaneously iced the collection of an entire subset of fans after the statement, “Fuck that Jiu-Jitsu shit; it’s for pussies,” left his mouth.
Griffin posted his entire post-fight speech on his Instagram (link here):
“I’ve been fighting my whole fucking life. I didn’t know it, but I was using it as a form of therapy. As much shit that goes on here, as violent as it is, this shit really is therapy to a lot of people, and this is therapy for me. Sports is a place I can be happy. My dad’s been in jail my whole fucking life, and he’s right here cage side. He didn’t make it when I competed at Fight to Win, but…fuck that Jiu-Jitsu shit; it’s for pussies. This is where men are made, right here in this cage. This is where you test yourself, and you grow. This was about growth, and those guys that are booing over there, they’re staying the same. I don’t ever want to stay the same. I’m just going to keep growing in this cage, and I’ve grown in front of everybody, my friends, my family. And all these guys that are booing, I love you, too.”
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