Posted by BillsNewAccount
I believe you are the one who be trippin. Jake lost the standup portion of bully beatdown. I repeat bully beatdown. Jake failed to knockdown a stuntman on bully beatdown.
Really glad someone else caught this. In either the same episode or one around the same time, Eddie Alvarez (a guy who fights 15-30 lbs lighter than Shields) got multiple knockdowns.
Also, re: Shields' TDD - it's pretty good in the clinch, but his sprawl is merely okay. Shields is more technique over athleticism, and a sprawl is an athlete's move. This may actually work in his favor against Maia, who usually drags guys down by wrapping them up and looking for a trip as opposed to cannoning in with a double leg.
Jake's ground game is effective, but based on some of his prior performances I think his cardio will give out. Or he'll just get punched in the face a lot. Maia's only danger beyond an eye poke is that he gets too happy with his standup and eats a takedown. Jake's top game is unquestionably his greatest strength, and while I think Maia can defend well enough to ride out the round and take the other 2 rounds, it'd make the fight closer than I'd like.
I still think Maia's better pretty much everywhere. This is hoping he continues his lean, no-bullshit strategy and goes for the throat from the first bell. I'm actually looking forward to this fight a lot, mostly because Maia's looked excellent at 170. Ground battles with him are usually entertaining, especially if his opponent doesn't have a huge strength advantage.