Although the fight didn’t really start in Griffin’s favor, it was certainly good to be Cody at the end of his first bout in the 8 man ProElite tournament. After being on the losing end of the first two rounds based on the controlling ground game and wrestling of the much larger Justyn Riley, Cody Griffin showed why he deserves to be fighting on HDNet.
He caught Riley with a powerful punch which absolutely rocked the fellow former football player, and then pounced on him with strong ground and pound to put a very exciting end to their bout early in the 3rd.
Our congratulations go out to this CCCW veteran from Scottsville, IL who recently came under Fiore MMA management. More details to come on Cody’s next bout for ProElite on HDNet as details are available. But, that was certainly the biggest win of Cody’s career – and a very exciting victory as well!
Full fight video is can currently be found on youtube at this link (not sure if it’ll stay up there or not): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUkzjdE6-0Q&feature=related
Below is a more detailed description of Cody’s bout from mmamania.com:
In the second Pro Elite hevyweight grand prix match up of the night, Cody Griffin faced off against Justyn Riley for the right to advance to the next round of the tournament.
For the first two rounds, this one was all Riley. For ten-plus minutes, Riley backed Griffin down, took him down and hung all over him, brutalizing him with ground and pound. At the end of the second round, Riley very nearly got the finish by way of a rear-naked choke.
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
Griffin isn’t good at a ton of things. “Quitting” appears to fall into that category.
Needing the finish, Griffin came out in the third looking to land a punch that would keep the fight from going to the scorecards of the judges. He was able to do just that.
Griffin was able to clip Riley with a straight punch to the face that wobbled him. Griffin wasted no time, using a flurry of punches to send his opponent to the ground. He instantly pounced on him, causing the referee to call a stop to the action at 0:32 of the third round.
The victory came by way of a TKO (strikes) as Griffin will move in grand prix bracket. Big win for Griffin. Fairly devastating loss for Riley who let this one slip away.
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