In truth, Maia’s meeting with Grove was a fairly forgettable affair. However, the win was notable because it started to show Maia was attempting to balance out his attack by displaying some rudimentary stand-up rather than relying on his ground game. For the first time Maia was happy to keep things upright, and though it may have been ugly he was at least effective enough to score the judges’ favor.
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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