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Major Pain Griffin

Written By: Lalo Mata                                                                                                       

Published: August 12, 2020

Max Griffin

Major Pain Griffin

Max “Pain” Griffin has been the mad dog of Sacramento martial arts and being a Welterweight contender puts him as the king of the 916.

Max’s career started at a pretty young age and wound up earning his first black belt at the age of 12 in Boku Fu which kickstarted an endless passion for MMA and a dream to be a professional fighter.

Coming from trainers such as Bo Sandoval and Dave Marinoble, Max has been able to train and prepare for fights at the Marinoble’s training facility in Roseville where he also earned a black belt.

Major Pain Griffin was able to turn this dream into a well-earned reality in 2009 where he’d become a pro fighter as well as earning his first win in the Gladiator Challenge: First Strike where he’d win by knockout against Kino Vuittonet in the first round.

Since his debut in 2009, Max has fought his way to a 15-8 record with almost half of those wins being finished by a knockout. Griffin has also become UFC veteran with a West Coast Middleweight and Welterweight Champion along with a Tachi Welterweight title. 

Who were fighters you looked up to when you were growing up? What made you watch them?

“Man, I used to love watching Tank Abbot and Chuck Liddell. They used to bring the action.”

Were there any major obstacles during your journey to becoming a professional fighter in the UFC? What were they?

“Always. Nothing but obstacles. Once I was on the TUF show. I ended up losing and it crushed me. I used that pain and turned it into hunger and emotion to get back to the UFC a few years later.”

What is your daily routine when you are preparing for a fight?

“Depends on the day but I typically train for 4-6 hours. Then squeeze in recovery, food, family time, and some PS4.” 

What advice would you give to people who want to become professional fighters?

“I would say to make sure it’s something you really want to do. It’s not a job.... it’s my life. There is no half assin. You are either all the way in, or all the way out”

It’s easy to be half in and half out with some sports, but when it comes to MMA it becomes the real definition of giving 100% all the time. The second you aren’t 100% or scared to fight could be the second you get knocked out or seriously injured.

What are your career goals in the UFC? What would it mean to you to accomplish them?

“My first goal is to get ranked. Then top 10. Then top 5. Then title. I’m going to do my best and that’s all I can do.”

Max knows the feeling of titles, but nothing close to the UFC title. Max has been on a tear to chase the championship belt and has all the abilities to do so.

What does it mean to you to represent Sacramento in the UFC?

“Sacramento has had my back since I started. It’s only fair I represent and fight for us all. Team Sac!!”

Sacramento has a lot to look forward to in Max Griffin’s career. Team Sac will always support the people who come from the 916 because if one of us makes it, we all make it. Sacramento can’t wait for all the hard work to finally pay off for Max. SacTown’s Finest will be following Griffin for days to come!

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