Max “Pain” Griffin, born November 29, 1985, is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2009, he has also competed for Tachi Palace Fights, where he was Welterweight Champion.
Max Griffin was born in Santa Barbara, California, United States. He has a black belt in Bok Fu (a blend of Kenpo, Tae-Kwon-Do, and Kung Fu) and he also has a black belt in Marinoble’s MMA fighting system, various styles of Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Sanshou. He currently trains under David Marinoble, where he is preparing for fights in the UFC.
Griffin started his MMA career in 2009. He fought for many promoters, notably Gladiator Challenge, West Coast Fighting Championship, the Warriors Cage, and Tachi Palace Fights in California. He was the former West Coast Fighting Championship welterweight and middleweight champion. Griffin was also the Tachi Palace Fight welterweight champion, and he amassed a record of 12-2 prior joining UFC.
Griffin was selected as one of the contestants for The Ultimate Fighter 16 in 2012; he lost to Matt Secor and was eliminated during the entry round.
Griffin made his promotional debut on August 20, 2016 at UFC 202 against Colby Covington and lost the fight via TKO on round three.
He faced Erick Montano on his next fight at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson in 2016. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.
Griffin faced Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida. He lost the fight via unanimous decision, yet he was awarded with the Fight of the Night bonus award.
Griffin faced Mike Perry on February 24, 2018 at UFC on Fox 28 and bagged the win via unanimous decision.