Maxim Grishin


Pours on volume to finish
October 17, 2020
Grishin defeated Gadzhimurad Antigulov via TKO (punches) at 4:58 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Grishin was a heavy favorite against the much smaller wrestler in Antigulov. This bore fruit early, as the Dagestani fighter was unable to get Grishin to the mat, leaving him on an island against the much better striker. It looked initially like we were going to see a third round untill Grishin decided to pepper a shelling Antigulov, who simply allowed too many strikes to land without an answer. Grishin was undersized in his UFC debut at heavyweight but is a big, athletic counterpuncher here at 205, which should allow him to find much more success. He improves to 31-8 in professional MMA as a result of the win.
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Scheduled for October fight
September 2, 2020
Grishin will fight Gadzhimurad Antigulov at the UFC event on October 17, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Grishin was last in the Octagon on July 11 when he lost to Marcin Tybura on late notice. He will hope to avoid to dropping to 0-2 with the promotion in October.
Handed 180-day medical suspension
July 17, 2020
Grishin has received a 180-day suspension and 21 days without contact, Nolan King and Farah Hannoun of report.
Grishin didn't look ready on short notice in his UFC debut last Saturday and was taken care of fairly easy via unanimous decision. Making matters worse, he picked up a fairly significant nasal injury that will prevent him from returning to the octagon for either nearly six months or until a doctor clears him.
Not competitive as late-notice sub
July 11, 2020
Grishin lost to Marcin Tybura via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 26-30) at UFC 251 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Grishin bit off more than he could chew in his UFC debut. A natural light heavyweight, Grishin moved up for his first fight with the company and it didn't work out. Seemingly half the size of Tybura, Grishin spent the vast majority of the bout being controlled either along the fence or on the mat. The writing for this one was on the wall when Grishin weighed in at 223 pounds compared to Tybura's 252 pounds. Grishin will undoubtedly get another opportunity with the company considering he was willing to step in for fellow Russian Alexander Romanov here on just days notice. Little should be expected of the 36-year-old, but he figures to look much better his next time out if competing in his usual 205-pound weight class.
In line to debut at UFC 251
July 2, 2020
Grishin will step in to replace Alexander Romanov in a heavyweight matchup against Marcin Tybura at UFC 251 on July 11, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Grishin will finally get his UFC shot at the age of 36, so he's far from your typical raw prospect. He's accumulated roughly 40 professional fights, most recently competing under the banner of a respected promotion in PFL. Through six fights with PFL, Grishin compiled a 4-0-2 record. He hasn't lost since a 2016 matchup overseas against current UFC light heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev. Both men stand at 6-foot-3, while Grishin will give up a couple inches in reach to Tybura on fight night.