Jordan Griffin submits Cody Stevens to claim featherweight title at RFO: Big Guns 25
Jordan Griffin (12-5) is the first professional champion in RFO history, as he submitted Cody Stevens (14-10-1) at 3:14 in the fourth round of the main event at Big Guns 25.
The Roufusport product hushed the hometown crowd, using his wrestling and timely strikes to keep Stevens at bay for much of the fight.
The former King of the Cage champion has now claimed the second pro title of his career, as he picks up the sixth win in his last seven outings.
Griffin spent much of the first round on the top of Stevens, although Stevens continued to stay active off of his back.
The tide turned a bit at the beginning of the second round, with Stevens securing a takedown of his own before transitioning to mount. Griffin was able to roll him over, however, again maintaining top control. He rode out the round on the top, likely giving himself a two round lead.
A welt began to show under the eye of Stevens heading into the third, but he remained aggressive at the beginning of the round, securing a takedown just over a minute in. From there, he took Griffin’s back and looked to work for the choke. Griffin was able to make it back to his feet, where he carried Stevens like a backpack across the cage before slamming his way out of the submission attempt. Griffin ended up back on top in the final minute, but Stevens may have secured his first round with a sweep just before the bell.
Stevens entered the championship rounds with a takedown, although Griffin attempted to lock in a guillotine. After fighting his way out, Stevens went to work on top, eventually making his way to mount before Griffin snuck out the back door. Back on top, Griffin looked to reign down blows while Stevens fought his way back to his feet. A big head kick from Griffin wobbled Stevens and a scramble ensued, with Griffin eventually locking in the guillotine and forcing the tap to earn the title.
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