UFC 115: Training Partners Tyson Griffin & Evan Dunham Not Afraid To Face Off

Justin FauxCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2010

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 25:  Sean Sherk (L)  fights Tyson Griffin in a Lightweight bout at UFC's Ultimate Fight Night at Allstate Arena on October 25, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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These days in Mixed Martial Arts, its become widely known that training partners develop close and personal friendships that they aren't willing to easily break. Some have stated that they will never fight their team-mates, others that they would clash if there were a Championship lingering between the two.

However, Xtreme Couture's Tyson Griffin and Evan Dunham have verbally agreed to meet one another at UFC 115 in June not for a Championship, not for a persuasive purse, but simply for the spirit of competition.

At this stage it is expected that Griffin will remain at Xtreme Couture while Dunham will seek another camp leading into their mid-year clash.

Dunham first made a splash on the Lightweight radar with an impressive TKO stoppage of Swedish striker Per Eklund and since has followed it up with impressive victories over Marcus Aurelio and most recently Efrain Escudero.

Griffin on the other hand, is a top Lightweight contender with a collection of victories over the likes of Urijah Faber, Clay Guida, and Gleison Tibau. His biggest problem is the fact that, although impressive each time he graces the Octagon, he rarely finishes fights. In his last performance, he knocked out Brazil's Hermes Franca which marked only his second stoppage in the UFC.

The big question now becomes "Will a fight amonst team members like this put the pressure on other team-members to fight one another?"

Personally I don't think it will make too much of a difference to the current way things are handled, but I think it makes for a more interesting bout with fighters meeting who have sparred with the other and know each others style.

Any way you look at it this could provide a very interesting clash when June rolls around.

Dunham has the opportunity of a lifetime here to defeat a top contender with only two losses to his name and Griffin needs to collect a stoppage to remain relevant in the current Lightweight rankings.