Max Griffin
Pain

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Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 9/4/2020
Potential shoulder injury in UFC 248 loss
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March 9, 2020
Griffin is facing a 180-day medical suspension pending clearance of a left shoulder injury, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Griffin was bested by Alex Oliviera via split decision at UFC 248 on Saturday, and to make matters worse, potentially suffered an injury that will affect his immediate fighting future. He'll be sidelined until April 22 at a minimum, but must get possible shoulder injuries checked out and cleared by an orthopedic doctor if he wishes to compete again before Sept. 4.
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Drops to 1-4 in past five fights
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March 7, 2020
Griffin lost to Alex Oliveira via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Griffin's toughness was on full display but it still wasn't enough for him to avoid his fourth loss in his last five fights. Griffin actually started pretty well. He almost certainly took Round 1 on the strength of a pair of takedowns. Yet as the fight progressed, Griffin began to bleed profusely due to a significant cut and his effectiveness waned as a result. Griffin's entire game is built around grit and determination and he simply doesn't have the offensive arsenal to remain effective over the course of a prolonged bout. Griffin has been trending in the wrong direction for more than two years and it's possible this fight may have been the straw the broke the camels back. On the plus side, he should be in the conversation for a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus. Both he and Oliveira absorbed a ton of punishment in what was a highly entertaining fight.
Added to Vegas card
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January 7, 2020
Griffin will face Alex Oliveira at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on March 7, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Griffin will look to improve upon his unimpressive 3-5 record since joining the UFC. He'll have to bounce back from his unanimous decision loss to Alex Moreno in October, the latest in a stretch in which he's lost three of his last four matches. In Oliveira, he faces an opponent who has lost three fights in a row.
Sees final bell in tough loss
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October 12, 2019
Griffin lost to Alex Morono via unanimous decision (28-29, 27-29, 27-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
ANALYSIS
The loss won't set well with Griffin, but he should have a realistic chance to earn a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus for his efforts. In what was a back and forth war, Griffin simply couldn't match the devastating strikes of Morono. On the bright side, his chin held up in a major way -- as it has against everyone other than future title challenger Colby Covington -- and he did dish out his fair share of damage. Griffin is sporting a dreadful 1-3 record dating back to July 2018, but he's entertaining to watch and that figures to keep him around for the foreseeable future. Still, he needs to find a way to win his next time out.
Added to Tampa card
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August 25, 2019
Griffin will take on Alex Morono in a welterweight matchup at UFC Tampa on Oct. 12, John Morgan of MMAJunkie.coom reports.
ANALYSIS
Griffin was able to snap a two-fight losing streak against the debuting Zelim Imadaev his last time out, showing superior cardio en route to six takedowns (despite getting outlanded in the striking department). He'll now shift his focus to Morono, the winner of three of his last four bouts. Both average more than four significant strikes landed per minute, but Morono is statistically far superior defensively. On paper, Griffin has superior wrestling marks, though they were quite inflated by his last bout. Griffin will enter with a four-inch reach advantage.
Takes out debuting Zelim Imadaev
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April 13, 2019
Griffin defeated Zelim Imadaev via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28) at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
It was not a technical masterpiece on either end. In fact, Griffin likely would have been a whole heap of trouble if the debuting Imadaev displayed any cardio at all. Griffin is entertaining to watch because he's tough and comfortable in brawls, but his defensive game is highly suspect and it's difficult to defeat better fighters if you can't defend yourself properly. Griffin is still below .500 (3-4) for his seven-fight UFC career.