Herman may be a mid-carder now but at the time he was on a three-fight winning streak and seen as a tough draw for all, especially against an opponent most viewed as no more than a one-dimensional newcomer. Though the assessment was fair to an extent, dismissing Maia’s core discipline would be foolish, as his submission game is a step above the rest. In the second stanza Maia locked up a Triangle Choke and put Herman to sleep, scoring his second instance of success under the UFC banner.
There are a significant number of MMA fans who feel UFC welterweight Demian Maia (18-4) could secure a shot at the title currently around Georges St-Pierre’s waist if he’s able to get by Jake Shields (28-6-1) next week. The two talented grapplers are set to headline UFC Fight Night 29, giving the Brazilian crowd a bout sure to feature some slick exchanges on the ground given both competitors’ familiarity with BJJ. Though no outcome is guaranteed in the Octagon, Maia has been in some major match-ups before and risen to the occasion more often than not. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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