MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC on FOX 21 headliner Demian Maia, who looks to potentially earn a title shot this Saturday (Aug. 27, 2016) inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Grappling master, Demian Maia, is set to do battle with long-time Welterweight contender and Muay Thai specialist, Carlos Condit, this Saturday (Aug. 27, 2016) night in the main event of UFC on FOX 21, which takes place inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Maia dropped down to 170 pounds back in 2012 and stormed out of the gate, stopping a pair of top foes and utterly dominating Jon Fitch. Maia found himself very close to a title shot, but unfortunately for him, the Brazilian dropped his next two in a pair of competitive decisions.
Not long after, Maia suffered some injuries, and most expected the older veteran to fizzle out a bit. Instead, he’s racked up five straight wins, including multiple victories among Top 10-ranked opposition. Now, firmly back in the Top 5, Maia looks to potentially earn his second shot at UFC gold. Let’s take a look at the 38-year-old’s skill set.
Back when Maia was a Middleweight, he relied almost entirely upon his Brazilian jiu-jitsu and ran through most of the division. However, his lack of striking experience also led to a 21-second knockout loss to Nate Marquardt way back in 2009, which caused Maia to focus on his striking. While that did lead to the unfortunate era of “K-1 Maia” — in which he tried to strike far too often — it also helped him improve his game quite a bit.
Maia’s kickboxing game is fairly simple, but he’s learned how to be aggressive and stay in the pocket ….View full article
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