Local Man to Compete at MMA West Coast Fighting Championship
By B.T. Stephenson
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.
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 www.westcoastfighting.com/WFC15.html.