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MMA: Griggs up next

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Chad Griggs says like most MMA fighters he has shed a little sweat, a little more blood and some tears to get to where he is today.

Griggs is trying to become the second fighter from Tucson to win a championship in the sports top organization, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Southern Arizona is quickly becoming a hotbed for MMA. Dominic Cruz, a graduate of Flowing Wells High School was the first to win a title in the modern day UFC.

Joey "Boom Boom" Rivera took his pursuit this year of MMA famed to the small screen where he won a role on the FX reality show "The Ultimate Fighter".

Rivera owns Apex Mixed Martial Arts on East Fort Lowell Road, the gymnasium where many of the sports local fighters, including Griggs train.

Griggs is spending his first year in UFC after transferring over from Strikeforce. He lost his first UFC bout this past spring and as a resulted has opted to drop down to from the heavyweight division to the light-heavyweight division.

Griggs, a full-time fire fighter will square off against fellow UFC light heavyweight contender Cyrille Diabaté, Saturday, November 17 at UFC® 154: ST-PIERRE vs. CONDIT live on Pay-Per-View.

The Rincon High School grad's nickname is "The Grave Digger" because of his aggresive style, heavy hands and trademark sideburns. 

Griggs believes he needs to have impressive wins in at least three more UFC bouts to have a chance at fighting for the championship belt.

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