Max ‘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 the 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.