Maia’s welterweight unveiling resulted in a victory albeit one based in large part on a mid-match injury to Chan Sung Jung. The brilliant Brazilian would leave no question of his potential as a 170er in his next clash, grabbing hold of the always-tough Story early on and tapping him out with a Neck Crank less than three minutes into the affair. The loss is the only submission stumble of Story’s career.
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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