At UFC 102 everybody was expecting a new fresh contender for the middleweight UFC belt. This man had a unbelievable talent, getting people into submissions by will. It didnt matter how or when he would always pull it off and was so far 10-0 with 8 victories coming by way of submission. He seemed unbeatable, with his subs just simply unavoidable and the thing was that he didnt have just BJJ, but MMA BJJ. That meant he could apply his jits in the best way possible in MMA and avoid getting in trouble on the feet. This man was Demain Maia and he was the new cool rising talent.
Maia's opponent was scheduled to be Nate Marquardt, a well rounded fighter who was a 7 time Pancrese Champ. He already faced off with Anderson Silva and Silva disposed of him rather easily in the lst round via strikes. Though nate was a slight fav to win everybody secretly pulled for Maia. The reason was because many thought that Nate's fight with Anderson would end the same way as the first time and that great submissions was Silva's achilles heel. Myself, as many other people was excited for this fight and anticipating for a exciting long fought war with maia ending it with a spectacular submission. Welll..... it didnt turn out the way that I thought it would. The bell rung and the fight started. I expected maias striking to have improved since he was training with wanderlei silva(deadly striker. They circled a little bit and maia through a sloppy kick then went for a flying knee and BOOM it was all over with Maia laying face first on the canvas and Nate raising his arm in victory. What happened was that Nate threw a perfectly timed punch that sent Maia's title shot flying and my dreams for him.
I thought about this for a while and realized that Maia was not ready for a title shot and maybe things were meant to turn out that way. If he had fought Anderson Silva it probably would have ended alot worse. He has realized that he has to improve his striking and be more cautious.Forgetting that your forte is BJJ can always be a costly mistake. I think Maia will come back stronger and meaner than before and make another run for the title. Mark my words.
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