Demian Maia and Jake Shields Agree to UFC Welterweight Showdown

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FastKnockout
7/31/13 3:31:36AM
Brazilian welterweight Demian Maia was supposed to be fighting on this weekend’s UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie fight card in Rio de Janeiro, but had the fight yanked out from under him when Josh Koscheck withdrew due to injury.

Although Maia was pulled from the fight card altogether, he already has another opponent lined up.

Maia will next face Jake Shields, according to a report on UFC Tonight on Tuesday night.

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Budgellism
7/31/13 3:38:00AM
I was hoping Pierce and Shields would fight and Maia would get Rory. I think Maia is a much better version of Shields and should win the fight everywhere.
airkerma
7/31/13 6:18:18AM

Posted by Budgellism

I was hoping Pierce and Shields would fight and Maia would get Rory. I think Maia is a much better version of Shields and should win the fight everywhere.



War maia
isk
7/31/13 7:09:29AM
This is a great fight, with a worthwhile outcome -

1) If Shields wins, it shows that his combination of grappling acumen and pure toughness can set him above even the best BJJ practitioners in the world.

2) If Maia wins, it gives him another win over a name at 170, justifying another top guy on the way to a possible title shot.

The Fitch fight showed that it's possible to neutralize Maia's constrictor-like ground attack, but it comes at the heavy cost of no return attack. Jake may be in for a long night - or he may have the best win of his UFC career.

For my money, I'm picking Maia due to his momentum, and because we haven't seen much of Jake's guard game recently.
Chieftan1997
7/31/13 9:27:22AM
Maia should school Jake. His striking is better because Jake's plain sucks, and no way Jake out grapples Maia. If Maia wins he should get the next title shot!!!
icantthinkofanything
7/31/13 10:59:02AM
When I count to 10, you will wake up and remember nothing.
prophecy033
7/31/13 11:03:59AM
I rhink Maia is better all around. His standup is far better than Shields Robot standup
fullerene
7/31/13 11:16:29AM
I agree that Maia should be able to win standing or on the ground. I don't think he blows Shields away, but I think he wins the majority of the fight on his way to a UD.


I'm rooting for him. It's tough to come up with credible opponents for GSP and Maia may be one with a chance. He might be the only 170er that can handle GSP in top control and either put him in sub danger or force the fight to remain standing (unfortunately for him, it will still be GSP's choice where the fight ends up). Plus, unlike Shields, it would be a matchup we haven't seen yet.
tallica62
7/31/13 11:37:28AM
I like this one...Maia will show Shields he is overrated
BillsNewAccount
7/31/13 11:41:17AM
I think they are givin Jake the Fitch special. 4 of his last 5 fights were boring. I see a Maia UD and Jake getting his walking papers.
ry_dawg63
7/31/13 11:51:42AM
you guys are all trippin.Jakes got a better take down defense and take downs. And Jake will be able to hang with him anywhere in the grappling game. And let's not forget Jake went five rounds with GSP standing and GSP started to run in the 5th. And what happend when he fought Woodley I thought all of you were saying he was supposed to get knocked out but nope he wins the fight standing. I'm not saying Jake wins the fight easily maia has been looking really good lately but I think this is a great match up.




jae_1833
7/31/13 11:58:48AM
I think stylistically this is a great match up, neither has any stand up repertoire to write home about and both have the grappling that makes them stand out way above the rest...just hope it doesn't turn into a point stand up battle. I was kind of hoping Maia would get Rory as well and think that fight does more for the division right now but this will be better than making them just sit on the sidelines staring at each other.
BillsNewAccount
7/31/13 12:47:01PM

Posted by ry_dawg63

you guys are all trippin.Jakes got a better take down defense and take downs. And Jake will be able to hang with him anywhere in the grappling game. And let's not forget Jake went five rounds with GSP standing and GSP started to run in the 5th. And what happend when he fought Woodley I thought all of you were saying he was supposed to get knocked out but nope he wins the fight standing. I'm not saying Jake wins the fight easily maia has been looking really good lately but I think this is a great match up.





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.

I await your retort fine sir.
prophecy033
7/31/13 2:46:24PM

Posted by BillsNewAccount

I think they are givin Jake the Fitch special. 4 of his last 5 fights were boring. I see a Maia UD and Jake getting his walking papers.

one can only hope
RhythmAndStyle
7/31/13 3:13:09PM
Maia will another sub. i hope he puts Shields to sleep before Shields even gets the chance to tap..
Webbie
7/31/13 4:26:57PM
I like the sounds of this fight better than the original Maia/Koscheck match up.

I don't really expect it to be a super exciting fight, but it'll be interesting to see who imposes their "grappling will" on the other.
prozacnation1978
7/31/13 5:49:24PM
I think this will at 168 vegas
isk
7/31/13 6:58:45PM

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.
Bubbles
7/31/13 10:26:38PM
What a great fight! They should make special rules where standing is not allowed
TerrorofsesameST
7/31/13 10:31:45PM
Don't expect a KO finish fans :P haha! Should be a good grappling match though.
xdanish020
7/31/13 11:24:21PM
I actually like this match up a lot, proably the best you can get from the Koscheck fight.

Could potentially be really boring though.
lll-lll
8/1/13 5:00:52PM
I hope Maia chokes him the hell out then Dana comes out ala The Milliondollar Man and stuffs a pink slip in his mouth lol
ry_dawg63
8/2/13 12:25:37PM
I watch both of Jakes episodes on bully beatdown. One of them he finishes the opponent in less than a minute and a half with the lead left leg kick to the liver. The other episode you're right he doesn't finish the guy.but he literally kicked the shit out of the guy had he one more minute with him he would have finished him. I'm not going to try to BS you and say Jake is the top Elite striker. But I think he proved that he can hang in there with the best of them in going five rounds with GSP.and let me guess you were one of those who probably thought Tyrone Woodley was going to knock him out and what happened? Jake ended up winning the stand up fight against him. lol. Maia has been looking really good lately so this looks like a tough match up. but I think Jake controls wrestling so I see this being a stand-up battle may the better man win. oh yeah and another side note at least Jake wasn't as bad as wild man Denning that fool didn't tap his guy on bully beatdown and didn't knock em out it was pathetic.
Webbie
8/2/13 5:27:04PM

Posted by ry_dawg63

The other episode you're right he doesn't finish the guy.but he literally kicked the shit out of the guy had he one more minute with him he would have finished him.



Keep in mind, the guy that Jake was striking with had no sort of experience whatsoever. He was a complete bum off the street. Someone with the level of experience and training that Jake Shields has should have no problem destroying someone like that right away.

Like it or not, it was pretty sad.

I think Shields' striking has improved since then, but not much.
aussiemma
8/2/13 8:42:37PM
i just came.
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