MMA, martial arts

Sacramento’s Max Griffin earns 3rd UFC win, breaks Zelim Imadaev’s undefeated record

Fighting out of Sacramento, California, United States, Max “Pain” Griffin, 33, was one of the winners at “UFC 236.” It was his third victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 13 MMA matches, “UFC 236” took place at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on April 13, 2019. In the sixth bout of the evening, Griffin faced Zelim Imadaev, 24, of Moscow, Russia in the welterweight division with George Allen as the referee.

After three five-minute rounds, the welterweight bout was left in the hands of the judges namely Mike Bell, Derek Cleary and Will Fisher. In the end, Allen raised the hand of Griffin, who was declared the winner via majority decision.

Both Bell and Fisher scored the bout 29-27 in favor of Griffin but for Cleary, the scores were 28-28. Imadaev was deducted a point for grabbing the cage in the first round.

Winning at “UFC 236” improved Griffin’s professional MMA record to 15 wins and 6 losses. It made him the first ever fighter to defeat Imadaev, who now has 8 wins and 1 loss.

Griffin is a second-degree black belt in kickboxing and a black belt in Bok Fu. He is training out of Marinoble’s Martial Arts in Roseville, California under the tutelage of David Marinoble.

“UFC 236” marked Griffin’s seventh UFC outing. Before Imadaev, the Sacramento native defeated two opponents in the promotion, namely Erick “Perry” Montano, 33, of Mexico and Mike “Platinum” Perry, 27, of Orlando, Florida, USA.

From 2016 to 2019, Griffin lost to four opponents in the UFC. They were Colby “Chaos” Covington, 31, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elizeu “Capoeira” Zaleski, 32, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, Curtis “Curtious” Millender, 31, of Anaheim, California and Thiago “Pitbull” Alves, 35, of Coconut Creek, Florida.

Including the U.S. and Russia, six countries were represented at “UFC 236.” The other countries were Brazil, Germany, Nigeria and Ukraine.

Meanwhile, here is a video from Griffin after the “UFC 236” bout against Imadaev:

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