|Born||Maxim Anthony Grishin|
May 2, 1984
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight (205) (2012 - present)|
Heavyweight (265 lb) (2008-2011)
|Reach||78.0 in (198 cm)|
|Style||Armeyskiy Rukopashniy Boy, Boxing|
|Fighting out of||Stary Oskol, Russia|
|Team||Akhmat Fight Club |
Red Devil Sport Club
Strong Style Fight Team
|Rank||Master of Sport in Army Hand-to-hand combat|
|Years active||2008 - present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Maxim Anthony Grishin (born May 2, 1984) is a Russian mixed martial artist and kickboxer who competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Grishin was the former M-1 Global Eastern Europe Heavyweight Champion.
Mixed martial arts career
Grishin competes in the heavyweight division, despite weighing around 220 lb, a mere 15 lb over the light heavyweight weight limit. Grishin, therefore, is regarded as a small heavyweight, though he has fast striking ability.
He trains with the Red Devil Sport Club – the training facility of Fedor Emelianenko and other top Russian fighters. As part of the Red Devil Sport Club, Grishin has also trained in Stary Oskol at the St. Alexander Nevsky Sport Palace. In the build-up for his intended M-1 Global title fight against Guram Gugenishvili, Grishin trained with Kirill Sidelnikov, Dmitry Samoilov, Viktor Nemkov and Alexei Nazarov. Unfortunately, Grishin was forced to withdraw from the bout with a knee injury that occurred during a national hand-to-hand combat fighting championship in Ufa. Consequently, M-1 Global Americas Champion Kenny Garner gained the opportunity to challenge fight Gugenishvili for the M-1 Heavyweight Challenge Title.
Grishin made his professional mixed martial arts debut against Gela Getsadze at the World Pankration Championship. After going the two-round distance, Grishin was declared the winner via unanimous decision. However, that same night, Judo ace Baga Agaev used an armbar to force Grishin to submit just 47 seconds into their match.
Grishin joined M-1 Global in 2009, claiming a TKO victory in his first bout in March of that year. Grishin faced Joaquim Ferreira in Brazil soon after, but lost via north-south choke. Grishin suffered a further loss at the hands of Shane del Rosario in South Korea, defeated by TKO in just 21 seconds.
After a further two wins in the M-1 Global organisation, Grishin appeared for the Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki promotion at KSW 12, where he faced Dawid Baziak. Baziak defeated Grishin via unanimous decision. Returning to M-1 organisation, Grishin joined their Eastern European tournament. His opening round fight was against Gadzhimurad Nurmagomedov, which Grishin won via TKO in round 1 to progress to the semi-final. There, Grishin met Arsen Abdulkerimov, again winning via TKO to reach the final.
In the final, Grishin had to face his training partner Alexander Volkov. Despite Volkov's superior record of 7–1, Grishin won the fight via rear naked choke in the opening round. Consequently, Grishin became the M-1 Global Eastern European Heavyweight Champion. As Eastern European Champion, Grishin was scheduled to face Guram Gugenishvili, the Western European Champion, for the inaugural M-1 Global Heavyweight Championship. However, a month before the fight, Grishin withdrew with a knee injury providing M-1 Selection Americas Champion Kenny Garner with an opportunity to challenge for the title.
Grishin faced Joachim Christensen on May 16, 2012 at М-1 Challenge 32 in his light heavyweight debut. He won via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–27). and was due to face Western Europe Champion Guram Gugenishvili for the M-1 Global heavyweight title until a knee injury forced his withdrawal.
Professional Fighters League
Having won both of his bouts, Grishin advanced to the Quarter-Finals, where he faced Smealinho Rama on October 13, 2018 at PFL 9 (2018 season). The bout ended in a majority draw after two rounds. However Rama advanced further in the tournament via first round tiebreaker, wherein the winner of the first round advances further. 
Having won the first two bouts of this season like last one, Grishin would rematch against Jordan Johnson in the Quarterfinals on October 31, 2019 at PFL 9 (2019 season). Just like last season, he would draw with his opponent and be eliminated via the first round tiebreaker. 
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Grishin faced Dustin Jacoby on February 27, 2021 at UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gane. At the weigh-ins, Maxim Grishin weighed in at 210.5 pounds, four and a half pounds over the light heavyweight non-title fight limit of 206 pounds. His bout proceeded at a catchweight and Grishin was fined 30% of his individual purse, which went Dustin. He lost a close bout via unanimous decision. 
Grishin was scheduled to face Ovince Saint Preux on June 26, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 190. However, Grishin withdrew from the bout due to visa issues and was replaced by Tanner Boser in a heavyweight bout.
Grishin was expected to face Ed Herman on February 12, 2022 at UFC 271. However, Herman pulled out off the bout and was replaced by William Knight. At the weigh-ins, Knight weighed in at 218 pounds, 12 pounds over the light heavyweight non-title fight limit, marking the biggest weight miss in UFC history. As a result, the bout was shifted to heavyweight and Knight was fined 40% of his purse, which went go to Grishin. Grishin won the bout via unanimous decision.
Grishin was scheduled to face Jailton Almeida on May 21, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 206. However, Grishin pulled out due to undisclosed reasons in late April. Almeida decided to move up to heavyweight and will face Parker Porter.
Championships and Accomplishments
Mixed Martial Arts
- World Fighting Championship Akhmat
- WCFA Light Heavyweight Champion (one time)
- M-1 Global
- M-1 Selection 2010 Eastern Europe Championships.
- Russian Union of Martial Arts
- Hand-to-hand combat Russian National Champion.
|2 win (0 KOs), 0 losses, 0 draws|
|2015-12-26||Win||Stjepan Bekavac||WFCA 13: Grozny Battle 9||Grozny, Russia||Decision (split)||3||3:00||2-0|
|2013-02-23||Win||Sokoudjou||Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 10||Moscow, Russia||Decision (split)||3||3:00||1-0|
|Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes|
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|43 matches||32 wins||9 losses|
|Win||32–9–2||William Knight||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 271||February 12, 2022||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States||Heavyweight bout; Knight missed weight (218 lb).|
|Loss||31–9–2||Dustin Jacoby||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gane||February 27, 2021||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Catchweight (210.5 lb) bout; Grishin missed weight.|
|Win||31–8–2||Gadzhimurad Antigulov||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie||October 17, 2020||2||4:58||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Loss||30–8–2||Marcin Tybura||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 251||July 12, 2020||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Heavyweight bout.|
|Draw||30–7–2||Jordan Johnson||Draw (majority)||PFL 9||October 31, 2019||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||2019 PFL Light Heavyweight Quarterfinal bout.|
|Win||30–7–1||Mikhail Mokhnatkin||KO (punch)||PFL 6||August 8, 2019||1||0:48||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||29–7–1||Jordan Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||PFL 3||June 6, 2019||3||5:00||Long Island, New York, United States|
|Draw||28–7–1||Smealinho Rama||Draw (majority)||PFL 9||October 13, 2018||2||5:00||Long Beach, California, United States||2018 PFL Light Heavyweight Quarterfinal bout.|
|Win||28–7||Rakim Cleveland||Submission (rear-naked choke)||PFL 5||August 2, 2018||2||4:03||Long Island, New York, United States|
|Win||27–7||Jason Butcher||TKO (leg injury)||PFL 2||June 21, 2018||1||1:41||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||26–7||Leonardo Guimarães||Decision (unanimous)||WFCA 45||February 24, 2018||3||5:00||Grozny, Russia||Won the AFC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||25–7||Dirlei Broenstrup||Decision (unanimous)||WFCA 42: Malyutin vs Jacarezinho||September 27, 2017||3||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||24–7||Matej Batinić||KO (head kick)||Akhmat Fight Show 34: Battle in Moscow||February 25, 2017||3||2:43||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||23–7||Magomed Ankalaev||TKO (punches)||Akhmat Fight Show 30: Grand Prix Akhmat 2016 Finals||October 4, 2016||4||1:13||Grozny, Russia||For the vacant AFC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||23–6||Maxim Futin||Decision (unanimous)||Akhmat Fight Show 23: Grand Prix Akhmat 2016||June 11, 2016||3||5:00||Grozny, Russia|
|Win||22–6||Marcin Łazarz||Decision (unanimous)||Akhmat Fight Show 18: Grand Prix Akhmat 2016||April 9, 2016||3||5:00||Grozny, Russia|
|Win||21–6||Joaquim Ferreira||TKO (punches)||WFCA 9: Grozny Battle 6||October 4, 2015||3||3:06||Grozny, Russia||Catchweight (212 lb) bout.|
|Win||20–6||Malik Merad||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WFCA 3: Grozny Battle 3||June 13, 2015||1||4:43||Grozny, Russia|
|Win||19–6||Dorian Ilić||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||WFCA 1: Grozny Battle 1||March 14, 2015||1||3:15||Grozny, Russia|
|Win||18–6||Trevor Prangley||TKO (punches)||Fight Nights Global 27: Battle Of Moscow 17||September 30, 2014||2||2:04||Moscow, Russia||Catchweight (209 lb) bout; Grishin missed weight.|
|Win||17–6||Rodney Wallace||Decision (split)||Driven MMA: One||March 1, 2014||3||5:00||Canton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||16–6||Mário Miranda||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Nights Global 20: Battle Of Moscow 13||October 27, 2013||3||5:00||Moscow, Russia||Catchweight (207.5 lb) bout; Grishin missed weight.|
|Win||15–6||Ray Lopez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||NAAFS: Fight Night in the Flats 9||June 1, 2013||1||4:25||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Win||14–6||William Hill||TKO (punches)||NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 12||October 20, 2012||1||3:57||Streetsboro, Ohio, United States|
|Win||13–6||Joachim Christensen||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Challenge 32||May 16, 2012||3||5:00||Moscow, Russia||Return to Light Heavyweight.|
|Loss||12–6||Kenny Garner||TKO (submission to punches)||M-1 Challenge 27||October 14, 2011||5||4:07||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||For the interim M-1 Global Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||12–5||Júlio Cézar de Lima||TKO (punches)||League S-70: Russia vs. Brazil||August 5, 2011||1||1:22||Sochi, Russia|
|Win||11–5||Alan Sobanov||KO (punch)||SMMAI: Tornado||July 8, 2011||1||3:30||Sochi, Russia|
|Win||10–5||Samir Akhmetov||TKO (punches)||Sochi MMA International||July 5, 2011||1||1:43||Sochi, Russia|
|Win||9–5||Stanislav Mirzamagomedov||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||MFT: Fedor Emelianenko Cup||May 22, 2011||1||2:32||Nizhny Novgorod, Russia|
|Win||8–5||Vladimir Kuchenko||TKO (leg kick and punches)||M-1 Challenge 25||April 28, 2011||3||3:14||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||7–5||Guram Gugenishvili||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Challenge 23||March 5, 2011||1||3:38||Moscow, Russia||For the M-1 Global Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–4||Alexander Volkov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Finals||July 22, 2010||1||2:39||Moscow, Russia||Won the M-1 Global Eastern Europe Heavyweight Tournament.|
|Win||6–4||Arsen Abdulkerimov||TKO (punches)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Round 3||May 28, 2010||1||1:52||Kyiv, Ukraine||M-1 Global Eastern Europe Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||5–4||Gadzhimurad Nurmagomedov||TKO (punches)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Round 2||April 10, 2010||1||2:05||Kyiv, Ukraine||M-1 Global Eastern Europe Heavyweight Tournament Opening Round.|
|Loss||4–4||Dawid Baziak||Decision (unanimous)||KSW 12||December 11, 2009||3||3:00||Warsaw, Poland|
|Win||4–3||Levan Persaev||TKO (knee)||M-1 Challenge 20: 2009 Finals||December 3, 2009||1||1:56||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||3–3||Dmitry Zabolotny||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 7||October 3, 2009||1||N/A||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||2–3||Shane del Rosario||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge 17||July 4, 2009||1||0:21||Seoul, South Korea|
|Loss||2–2||Joaquim Ferreira||Submission (north-south choke)||M-1 Challenge 15||May 9, 2009||1||3:57||São Paulo, Brazil||Return to Heavyweight.|
|Win||2–1||Magomed Umarov||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 1||March 13, 2009||1||N/A||Saint Petersburg, Russia||Light Heavyweight debut.|
|Loss||1–1||Baga Agaev||Submission (armbar)||WAFC: World Pankration Championship 2008||May 24, 2008||1||0:47||Khabarovsk Krai, Russia|
|Win||1–0||Gela Getsadze||Decision (unanimous)||2||5:00||Heavyweight debut.|
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