Elaina Maxwell

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Elaina Maxwell
Born (1978-12-16) December 16, 1978 (age 37)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Other names Beef
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Style Sanshou, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wushu (sport)[1]
Fighting out of San Francisco, United States
Team CSA Gym, Gracie Fighter
Rank      Purple Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 7
By knockout 3
By decision 4
Losses 4
By submission 1
By decision 3
Website http://www.elainamaxwell.com
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Elaina Maureen Maxwell (born December 16, 1978) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, and professional kickboxer (0-0).

As a three-time San Shou Champion & BJJ purple belt, she trains under the guidance of Kirian Fitzgibbons and Cesar Gracie. After winning the first American gold medal at the World Wushu (San Shou) Games in Macau, China in 2003,[2] Elaina began to explore Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

With five titles and a San Shou record of 14-1 (2 KOs), she was booked to fight at the International Cage Fighting Organization - Warrior's Cup in Stockton, California on August 12, 2006.

Early life[edit]

Maxwell has a fraternal twin sister named Ila. She started playing soccer in grade school and played volleyball in middle school.[3]

IKF - International Kickboxing Federation[edit]

Elaina Maxwell won the IKF Amateur San Shou Rules Super Welterweight United States Title by forfeit when her opponent Melissa Alley pulled out of the bout after the event started on July 24, 2004 in San Jose, California, USA.

First Defense: July 23, 2005, San Jose, California, USA: Defended her title when she defeated Tiffany Chen of New York, NY with a round kick to Chen's face that split her chin open at 1:27 of round 1 stopping the bout.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Maxwell was part of Strikeforce's first female mixed martial arts bout against Gina Carano on December 8, 2006.[4] She lost the fight via Unanimous Decision.[5]

She faced Michelle Maher in an MMA title match on July 24, 2007 at Melee on the Mountain. She won the fight via Split Decision and is currently the Golden State MMA Light Middleweight Champion.[6]

Maxwell faced Miesha Tate at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson on June 27, 2008. She lost the fight via Unanimous Decision.[7]

She was scheduled to face Alexis Davis at Raging Wolf 7: "Mayhem In The Mist 3" on May 8, 2010, but pulled out of the fight due to an injury.[8]

Maxwell faced Lizbeth Carreiro at Freestyle Cage Fighting 44 on July 24, 2010. She won the fight via TKO in the first round.[9]

Her next fight was against Alexis Davis at Raging Wolf 9 on August 28, 2010.[9] This fight was originally for the Raging Wolf Women's Flyweight Championship but Maxwell was unable to make the 135 lbs weight limit, so the fight was changed to a non-title, three-round contest.[10] Maxwell won the fight by unanimous decision.[11]

On November 19, 2010, Maxwell faced Shayna Baszler at The Cage Inc. - Battle At The Border 7. Despite controlling the striking exchanges, Maxwell lost the fight by submission due to a kneebar in the first round.[12]

Maxwell faced fellow Strikeforce veteran Shana Olsen at Crowbar MMA: Spring Brawl 2 on April 29, 2011 in Fargo, North Dakota.[13] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[14]

On July 23, 2011, Maxwell faced Angela Samaro at King of the Cage: Shockwave in Oroville, California. She defeated Samaro by TKO in the third round.[15]

Maxwell faced Ashley Sanchez at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 2 on March 30, 2012 in Kearney, Nebraska.[16] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[17]

Maxwell was scheduled to face Julia Budd at Invicta Fighting Championships 3 on October 6, 2012,[18] but she was forced to withdraw from the fight due to suffering a concussion in training.[19]


Maxwell was featured on MSNBC's Warrior Nation as she prepared to face Gina Carano.[20]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 7-4 Ashley Sanchez Decision (unanimous) RFA 2 - Yvel vs. Alexander March 30, 2012 3 5:00 Kearney, Nebraska, United States Catchweight bout; both fighters missed weight.
Win 6-4 Angela Samaro TKO (elbows) KOTC: Shockwave July 23, 2011 3 1:00 Oroville, California, United States
Win 5-4 Shana Olsen Decision (unanimous) Crowbar MMA - Spring Brawl 2 April 29, 2011 3 5:00 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Loss 4-4 Shayna Baszler Submission (kneebar) The Cage Inc. - Battle At The Border 7 November 19, 2010 1 4:03 Hankinson, North Dakota, United States For TCI Women's 140 lbs Championship.
Win 4-3 Alexis Davis Decision (unanimous) RW 9: Mayhem In The Mist 4 August 28, 2010 3 5:00 Niagara Falls, New York, United States Non-title fight (Maxwell missed weight).
Win 3-3 Lizbeth Carreiro TKO (punches) Freestyle Cage Fighting 44 July 24, 2010 1 2:55 Claremore, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 2-3 Miesha Tate Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson June 27, 2008 3 3:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 2-2 Michelle Maher Decision (split) MOTM - Melee on the Mountain July 24, 2007 5 5:00 Friant, California, United States Won Golden State MMA Light Middleweight Championship.
Loss 1-2 Michelle Maher Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Young Guns February 10, 2007 3 3:00 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 1-1 Gina Carano Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Triple Threat December 8, 2006 3 2:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 1-0 Michelle Maher KO (punches) WC - Warriors Cup August 12, 2006 1 1:05 Stockton, California, United States

External links[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Elaina Maxwell Awakening Profile". Awakeningfighters.com. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  2. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Elaina Maxwell". rearnaked.blogspot.com. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  3. ^ "10 Questions With Elaina Maxwell". Nokaut.com. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  4. ^ "NAMES IN THE GAME: ELAINA MAXWELL". MMAWeekly.com. 2006-11-29. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Le Wins on Cut, Southworth Takes Strikeforce Belt". Sherdog.com. 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  6. ^ "Evangelista and Maxwell Victorious". Sherdog.com. 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  7. ^ "Thomson Takes Strikeforce Title in San Jose". Sherdog.com. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  8. ^ "Davis To Defend Against Evinger At Raging Wolf 7". MMARising.com. 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  9. ^ a b "Elaina "Beef" Maxwell's Got Something to Prove". MMARatings.net. 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  10. ^ "Elaina Maxwell vs. Alexis Davis now a non-title match". NonStopWMMA.blogspot.com. 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  11. ^ "Raging Wolf 9 Results". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  12. ^ "Weekend Recap: Baszler, Pene Win At The Cage Inc.". MMARising.com. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  13. ^ "Shana Olsen vs Elaina Maxwell Agreed For Spring Brawl 2". MMARising.com. 2011-02-20. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  14. ^ "Crowbar MMA: Spring Brawl 2 Live Play-By-Play & Results". MMARising.com. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  15. ^ "Weekend Recap: Elaina Maxwell, Sally Krumdiack Victorious". MMARising.com. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  16. ^ "Elaina Maxwell vs Ashley Sanchez Announced For RFA 2". MMARising.com. 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  17. ^ "Tara LaRosa, Elaina Maxwell Victorious At RFA 2 In Nebraska". MMARising.com. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  18. ^ "Elaina Maxwell Set To Take On Julia Budd At Invicta FC 3". MMARising.com. 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  19. ^ "Maxwell Out, Danielle West To Face Julia Budd At Invicta FC 3". MMARising.com. 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  20. ^ "MSNBC's "Warrior Nation" Debuts Tonight". Sherdog.com. 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2010-05-05.