Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca is up next. This was originally scheduled as a standard lightweight bout, but prior to the weighins, Franca cut a deal to make it a catchweight bout at 159, since he knew he was significantly over the 155-pound limit.
Round 1: Hermes went with the purple hair this time. Griffin with a leg kick. Franca is looking a little softer around the middle than normal, which might be a factor if the fight goes long against a guy with Griffin's conditioning. Griffin with a nice outside leg kick. Griffin throws hands and Franca covers up well. Griffin with a left jab and Franca ducks it. Griffin with a high kick, which Franca blocks. Franca is looking for the big overhand and being patient while defending Griffin's strikes, but Griffin is the aggressor so far. They trade combos with nobody getting the better of it. Double jab by Griffin finds the mark. Crowd is starting to boo the stalemate. Griffin with a straight right. Griffin lands an overhand right but there wasn't much on it. Griffin sticking and moving now as the round ends. 10-9 Griffin based on being the aggressor, since neither guy has the other in any danger yet.
Round 2: Franca whiffs on an overhand right but lands an uppercut. Griffin with a jab. Franca unloads with a serious flurry of fists. Griffin answers back, but Franca is coming alive right now. Franca catches Griffin's leg on a kick and throws three consecutive overhand rights that miss. He might be going for that too often. Griffin ducks in with a jab. Overhand right by Griffin. Head kick by Griffin is blocked. Franca misses on a big uppercut. Franca misses another haymaker. Griffin stuns Franca with a straight right and Franca goes down, but he's not out. Griffin hammers away from the top as Franca tries to hook the leg and try for a submission. Griffin steps out of it and keeps going Donkey Kong on Franca until he goes limp.
Winner: Tyson Griffin defeats Hermes Franca via knockout at 3:26 of Round 2.