There are a lot of excellent prospects trying to fight their way into the UFC, but feaw have the resume of California welterweight Max “Pain” Griffin.
Griffin is 10-1 as a professional. His only loss was of the split-decision variety nearly three years ago. Currently on a six-fight winning streak, he most recently took the Tachi Palace Fights welterweight strap from Ricky Legere in November, adding to the three belts he already had in his collection.
So what’s holding Griffin back from the UFC? He’d like to know that as well.
“I used to think I knew. I am no longer sure,” Griffin told MMAWeekly.com. “We have been in the hat for a few things lately. Honestly, I feel it is just timing. I’m in fight mode, so I can take a fight on short notice.”
Griffin comes from a modest background. He’s not a big trash talker or living a crazy lifestyle. He’s built a solid foundation in his life. Griffin has a “wonderful wife” and a three-year-old son that make him a success no matter the direction his career takes.
But hey, Joe Silva, Sean Shelby, Griffin makes no bones about it, he got a taste of the UFC once and he believes he’s ready to come back and give the current crop of 170-pound contenders a run for their money.
Griffin made it through the audition process to become one of the 32 hopefuls fighting in The Ultimate Fighter 16 elimination round, the winners making it into the fighter house and onto the show. But his time on the show was short-lived, losing to Matt Secor in an overtime round in the first episode.
That experience put Griffin on his current path, which he believes should lead back to the Octagon.
“The Ultimate Fighter experience was a huge event in my life. It gave me a taste of the UFC and let me know I was ‘good enough’ to be there one day,” said Griffin. “I take the loss as a blessing. I wasn’t ready then… I am now.”
His tough time on the show spurred Griffin to his current six-fight run.
“I have been doing my best to beat the ‘who’s who’ of the region. I feel I’m doing well and I will continue on my warpath to be one of the best in the world,” Griffin continued. “I’m so prepared mentally, physically and spiritually. I’m ready to not just win; I’m ready to destroy my competition. It’s my time to shine.
“I’ve won six fights straight against the best in the region and I am ready to take over the UFC.”
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