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Local Man to Compete at MMA West Coast Fighting Championship

By B.T. Stephenson
Posted: 10/9/2015

Max Griffin Plants a Kick on His Oponent
Max Griffin in the ring against a competitor.
Photos by Tribal Action Photography

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Imagine growing up in the Sacramento area and one day becoming a World Champion. Now imagine holding six of those Championship titles at the same time. That’s reality for Max Griffin, known in the mixed martial arts (MMA) world as Max “Pain” Griffin. On October 10th, the kid who grew up in Carmichael and Fair Oaks and went to Bella Vista High School will defend two of those belts in a featured match as part of the West Coast Fighting Championships at McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento.

“I fought a lot as a kid growing up, but it was around 18 or 19 when I decided to be a professional fighter,” said Griffin. He thinks there are several things that make a person a good fighter. “You have to be intelligent and able to adapt, you’ve got to have heart and probably be a little crazy, because in the ring or the octagon it’s ‘kill or be killed.’ Some people think we’re savages, but it takes a lot of discipline and it’s fun.”

Griffin was recently signed by Iridium, an elite sports agency known for representing exceptional fighters. He believes it will launch his career into the UFC, the leading organization for today’s MMA fighters. “I want to be a UFC Champion and one of the best in the world. Hands down,” said Griffin.

Max Griffin Challenges the Crowd From Atop the Cage
You can support Max “Pain” Griffin, the local kid who now holds several title belts, at the West Coast Fighting Championship on Saturday night, October 10th at McClellan Conference Center.

Being one of the best takes a huge amount of dedication to training and working out, and Griffin has some of the best in the world to work with every day here in the Sacramento area. “Doug Casebier, Dave Marinobles, Jaime Jara, Grand Master Perry…they’ve got me at 6% body fat and unbelievable cardio conditioning. I’m in the best shape of my life.”

We asked Griffin why local people should come out to watch and support him. “It’s like watching any sport on television. You can feel the excitement live, the momentum, and hear how the crowd gets into it,” he said. “It’s the best way to experience MMA.” This will be the first time in two years that the Sacramento-area Champion will have fought on his home turf.

When asked if he could fight anybody in the world right now, who would it be, without hesitation, Griffin said, “Robbie Lawlor, because he’s a Champion.” Lawlor is the current UFC Welterweight Champion. For now, Griffin will have to focus on his current opponent.

You can support Max “Pain” Griffin, the local kid who now holds several title belts, at the West Coast Fighting Championship on Saturday night, October 10th at McClellan Conference Center. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and fighting starts at 5 p.m. The evening will feature a full slate of matches. For a full list of competitors and for tickets, see

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Carmichael Beavers Swim Team Turns 50

Posted: 4/24/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Carmichael Beavers Swim Team is proudly celebrating their 50th season. Since their conception in 1965, the Beavers have had many successful years winning championships and setting individual league records. Achieving these feats goes hand-in-hand with the team’s goals of desire, dedication, and determination. Contributing to the team’s recent success are the Beavers’ current president Ron Miller, head coach Doug Smith, and parents of the team swimmers. These parents diligently maintain the standing tradition of a family atmosphere, promoting a fun swimming experience where children learn to swim in a competitive forum.

The Carmichael Beavers range in age from 4 to 18 and they practice nightly at Del Campo High School’s pool, which has been their home for the past 12 years. The team welcomes the community to come out and enjoy their efforts. The Beavers’ 2015 home meets are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on June 6th, 13th, and 20th, as well as July 11th.

In commemoration of this 50th Anniversary, some elements have been added to the season’s usual repertoire. Special 50th swim caps, suits, and t-shirts are being offered and the Beavers Swim Team will be accompanying their 50th Anniversary float during their regular appearance in Carmichael’s Annual 4th of July Gala Parade.

All Carmichael Beavers alumni are invited to join the team on Saturday, May 16th for recognition and participation in a special alumni swim meet. The time trials start at 8:00 a.m. and the alumni meet will take place at 11:00 a.m. The current Beavers team looks forward to meeting past Beavers team members!

For more information, visit or Follow CB Swim on Facebook at Carmichael Beavers Swim Team.

Source: Roni Santiago

River Cats Playoff Tickets!

Posted: 8/21/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - You can’t beat playoff baseball, so plan ahead and purchase your Playoff Strips or single-game tickets for the Cats’ September run towards a fifth Pacific Coast League Championship. A Playoff Strip will guarantee you the best seats to all potential playoff games. If any of the five potential home playoff games are not played, you will receive a full refund for those games.

The playoff game is Friday, September 5th, with additional games on the 6th and 7th if necessary. The Pacific Coast League Championship Game One is Tuesday, September 9th and Game Two is Wednesday, September 10th.

All Playoff Strips and single-game tickets purchased on or before Thursday, August 28th will be mailed out, and those purchased after August 28th will be left in Will Call. Visit for a schedule of remaining games, or call (916) 371-HITS (4487) with any questions.

Be a part of the fun and excitement, and help continue the legacy!

Source: Sacramento River Cats

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