Max Griffin says fighting one man in the Octagon is nothing to fear after experiencing the life-or-death simulation of four-on-one mixed martial arts training.
Griffin recently caught up with Fightful and shared his craziest experience in the gym. Griffin and fellow UFC fighter Anthony Hernandez used to engage in mugging-like four-on-one full-contact sparring sessions.
"We used to do four-on-one MMA," Griffin revealed. "Me and Anthony Hernandez, my boy, we were at this gym in Woodland, [California] a while back. This must have been like 10-years-ago. We did three-on-one, four-on-one, full contact knockouts. It was so stressful when you were that one guy that got jumped. It was life or death."
"The point of that — which wasn't too safe, you got blind-sided and fucking cold-clocked and hit in the back of the head and jumped — you'd get cornered, but you learn that after fighting a bunch of people, fighting one person ain't shit. So try me motherfucker," he chuckled. "It was really scary. It wasn't like sparring. And everyone was good. We're not bums fighting. We were amateurs then but we had skill."
Griffin (16-8) is scheduled to fight Kenan Song (16-5) at a UFC Fight Night event on March 20. The card will be headlined by middleweight contenders Derek Brunson and Kevin Holland. You can learn about more crazy sparring stories, including Brad Pickett's Hector Lombard tale, by watching the video above.