Instead of waiting for a third to charm the fight fans circling the globe, Max “Pain” Griffin (12-3), on the second of his four-fight deal with the UFC, will meet Erick “Perry” Montano (8-4) at UFC Fight Night 98: Ferguson vs Dos Anjos.
These welterweights are eager to bounce back from their last disappointing stop in the Octagon, but the pressure mounts as the atmosphere thins when the UFC makes its return to Mexico City on November 5, 2016.
In his previous outing, Montano, The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America Season 2 winner, faced Randy Brown, another UFC reality series alum, who found Montano’s neck in the third round at UFC Hidalgo: Poirier vs Johnson, merely a couple weeks ago.
After many years of morphing clouds into the shape of stop signs, Griffin divulged on the opening episode of the MMAGOLD Podcast (link here), prior to receiving his bout agreement against Montano, that any normalcy in his skill set was unexplainably absent while fighting Colby Covington at UFC 202: McGregor vs Diaz. First and foremost, he admitted,
“At that level, you need to follow the game plan. I didn’t follow the game plan. I didn’t do what I was supposed to do.”
A loss is a tough pill to swallow, but it was the manner in which the fight played out for Griffin that causes him to gag every time he relives the replay, and he growled his frustration,
“I’m fuckin’ pissed. I can’t wait. I have a chip on my shoulder. I’ve got a bag of potato chips on my shoulder. I can’t wait to fight and show them why they signed me, show the world why.”
Griffin, better recognized around Northern California as the “King of Sacramento,” was heartbroken to not entertain anywhere near the level he displayed while crushing the dreams of others up and down ‘The Golden State.’ Everything, as described by Griffin, was extremely surreal to him; he felt as if he were logged into UFC Fight Pass as a member, instead of fighting on it as an employee,
“Even when I went home and I was sitting on the porch—chillin’, it didn’t feel real. I’m sitting there like two days later, and it didn’t feel real; it felt like it never happened.”
Ready to erase the painful memory of UFC 202, Griffin talked as if he were already biting down on his mouthpiece at the thought of a speedy return, and UFC Fight Night 98 presents the perfect opportunity to prove why he belongs in the greatest MMA enterprise on Earth, and he’ll earn his way up the promotional ladder with a win at the greatest heights the UFC has ever reached on November 5th,
“It was my first time; first time in the dressing rooms, I’m doing this: the process. Now, I look at it like your first day at work; you fuck up.”