Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Fitch's corner tells him he has to look for the finish.
The fighters touch gloves again, and a wild kick from Fitch turns into a takedown attempt from Maia. Fitch defends, but the persistent Maia continues to work to get his foe to the mat. Against the fence now, Maia gets Fitch's back yet again and drags him down.
Maia puts the hooks in, but Fitch gets one out. Maia repositions, but Fitch is able to shake him off and stand up. Maia is looking to get him down again though, and Fitch is fighting to stop it.
Fitch is now looking for a guillotine, but Maia fends it off. Fitch is on top though and looks to work some ground-and-pound. Maia eats a shot but is able to get back up. He clutches Fitch against the fence and resumes his mission of scoring takedown after takedown after takedown.
Fitch eventually separates, but he looks exhausted. Maia shoots, scores yet another takedown and takes Fitch's back again.
Maia is working punches on the mat, but nothing much is landing. The round concludes just as Maia rolls into the mount.
An absolutely dominant performance by Maia.
Score: 10-9 Maia
Official Decision: Demian Maia defeats Jon Fitch via unanimous decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 30-27