TJ Brown will make his UFC debut this Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia, United States when he takes on Jordan Griffin at UFC on ESPN +27. The card is set to be headlined by Joseph Benavidez vs Dieveson Figueredo.
TJ Brown (14-6) looks to kick off his UFC debut with a bang when he steps across the octagon from Jordan Griffin. Brown first came on the radar last year, competing on ‘Dana White’s Contender Series’ and earning himself a contract when defeating Dylan Lockard with a round three arm-triangle choke. Consistency has been key in 2019 for Brown, competing four times and taking four wins back to Little Rock, Arkansas. With people not familiar with Brown and his style, he’s not one to leave it down to the judge’s scorecards with 13 of his 14 wins coming via stoppages.
Jordan Griffin (17-4), unlike Brown, has had a difficult time since his experience on ‘Dana White’s Contender Series’. Since the Contender series win in 2018, Griffin has competed twice under the UFC failing to win in either. Dropping two unanimous decisions loses to Dan Ige and Chas Skelly has made this match-up vital for the next step of Griffin’s career as a martial artist, as three losses back-to-back could see him cut from the promotion.
How has the preparation been in the lead up to your bout with Griffin and has anything been done differently in camp compared to the Lockard fight?
Brown – “Camp has been great. I have been training around surrounding states as well as with my main training partner Bryce Mitchell. Not much has changed, I’m just going to go in there looking to show the best me.”
You’re in great form at the minute and have found real consistency winning four on the bounce. How much confidence does this give you going into your official UFC debut?
Brown – “Over the years I’ve just been able to finally be firing on all cylinders. Mentally, physically and technically, it’s now time to show the world.”
What does it mean to you to be fighting under the promotion and finally having the chance to show the world you belong here after years of grind?
Brown – “It’s a dream come true for me. I want to both soak in the moment and perform at my best on this stage I knew I deserved to be on.”
Griffin has had a tough time inside the octagon so far under the UFC. A loss to you could see him lose three fights back-to-back and see him potentially get cut. How do you view Griffin as an opponent and where do you see his biggest threat?
Brown – “I have no bad feelings towards Griffin and I think he enjoys standing more. However, I must do my job and put him away, whether it be standing or on the ground. If that leads to him being cut then so be it. It’s him or me.
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