UFC 112: Invincible: Silva Vs. Maia Preview & Prediction

Lion's Den U's TheCoachCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2010


Brazil Anderson Silva (25-4-0)
Brazil Demian Maia (12-1-0)

Fighting Style:
Silva: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Boxing/Tae Kwon Do, Judo
Maia:  Boxing/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Judo

Demian Maia was the next in line for a shot at Silva’s title with a record of 12-1 and his only professional loss coming against Nate Marquardt at UFC 102 via knock-out. Maia fought in four different organizations early in his career compiling a record of 6-0. The UFC took notice, signed him and paired him up against Ryan Jenson at UFC 77 and he won the fight via rear naked choke at 2:40 of the first round. Maia earned submission of the night honours for the win. And don’t think Maia stopped his submissions or winning streak at that point, as he knocked off four more wins all by submission earning submission of the night honours in four of his first five UFC fights… thats a lot bonus money! Maia’s victims fell in the following order; Ed Herman via triangle choke, round 2, 2:27 at UFC 83, Jason MacDonald via rear naked choke, round 3, 2:44 at UFC 87, Nate Quarry via rear naked choke, round 1, 2:14 at UFC 91 and Chael Sonnen via triangle choke, round 1, 2:37 at UFC 95. Dude clearly likes his rear naked and triangle chokes. With 4-of-5 victories earning him submission of the night, Maia may have gotten a little cocky prior to his match against Nate Marquardt at UFC 102 as he was knocked out just 21 seconds into the first round. A shocking loss for Maia after posting 11 straight wins as a professional, he knew if he wanted a chance at Anderson Silva he needed to get serious about training and back on his game. He did exactly that with a dominant victory over Dan Miller at UFC 109. Maia, who is notorious for taking fights to the ground decided to stand with Miller for the 15-minute fight. Maia still owned Miller and fterwards said he did it to prove he had a stand-up game. Well, he proved enough that when Belfort got injured, the UFC gave Maia the shot he wanted at Anderson Silva but lets be serious.. in 15 minutes of stand-up with Dan Miller, Maia couldn’t knock him out.. Silva has knocked out (CONT. BY CLICKING LINK BELOW)


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