Demian Maia has perhaps the single tightest jiu-jitsu game in all of mixed martial arts. Jorge Masvidal is one of the sport’s toughest outs.
If that sounds to you like a recipe for a close fight and a tight decision, you’re right.
Maia and Masvidal went a back-and-forth for 15 minutes in their welterweight showdown at UFC 211 before going to the scorecards. The Brazilian veteran got the nod in Dallas, earning two out of three 29-28 scores at American Airlines Center.
With his seventh straight victory, Maia is expected to get the next shot at Tyron Woodley’s welterweight title.
Maia (25-6) looked all ready to finish Masvidal, as he scored an early takedown, and a scramble ended up with Maia bodylocking a standing Masvidal and getting his back. They remained in that position for the bulk of the round. Masvidal, however, busted out late and delivered a significant amount of strikes in the round’s closing seconds.
Both the second and third rounds were similar tales, as Masvidal got off to good starts with his striking — in particular, he stung Maia with a kick to the knee early in the third — but Maia took over around the midway point of each round and outgrappled Masvidal, certainly making the rounds interesting calls on the scorecards.
“He’s one of the best jiu-jitsu fighters I ever fought in the UFC, I thought I was winning because he didn’t really dominate the standup. … Down on the ground, I was totally dominating.
Masvidal (32-12) had a three-fight win streak snapped.
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