Max Griffin: WFC’s 2016 KO of the Year

12715345_825258890919548_95834692803892975_nMax ‘Pain’ Griffin (13-3) closed the book on 2016 in the same fashion he opened it: a spectacular knockout in under a minute.

Before scaling a mountain to Mexico City in November as an employee for the UFC, Griffin crowned his regional achievements as a mixed martial artist to kick-start 2016, knocking David ‘Bulletproof’ Mitchell out in forty-three seconds at West Coast Fighting Championship (WFC) 16 and claiming the title: King of Sacramento.

Though the long-term memories of most MMA fans dissolve quickly, the head honchos at WFC couldn’t shake Griffin’s bone-chilling KO from their minds. For leaving such a lasting impression on the promotion Griffin helped build, WFC proudly honored their former 170-pound champion with 2016’s KO of the Year.

Griffin may have been swinging four-ounce gloves at WFC 16, but the power he generated was comparable to a Louisville Slugger. After two solid connections to Mitchell’s chin, Griffin’s third swing was a grand slam.

In the wake of Mitchell, WFC’s Middleweight Champion, and Griffin, WFC’s Welterweight Champion, meeting in the middle at a 175-pound catchweight for all of the area’s MMA marbles, the ‘King of Sacramento’ has gone on to show the world his abilities in 14963351_10206022180188499_452291752835477781_nthe UFC, the sport’s leading organization.

Of course, Griffin’s UFC debut didn’t play out as expected, but his return to the Octagon at 7,000-plus feet in the sky—blasting Erick Montano, The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 winner, in fifty-four seconds—set him back on track to enter 2017 with the momentum he constructed at the local level.

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