Dong Hyun Kim and Demian Maia at UFC 148The talent rich UFC welterweight division has produced many formidable title contenders. 170-pound champion Georges St. Pierre has long dominated the weight class despite the growing list of worthy challengers.

Tonight’s match-up between Jon Fitch and Demian Maia could have produced a future contender.

Fitch rebounded from a shocking knockout loss to Johny Hendricks with an impressive unanimous decision victory over up-and-comer Erick Silva at UFC 153. The bout earned him Fight of the Night honors and allowed him to regain some momentum.

Since dropping down to welterweight, fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Demian Maia has made his mark with two big wins over established fighters in Dong Hyun Kim and Rick Story. The rejuvenated former title contender has shown great improvement in his striking and wrestling over the years.

Maia acknowledged Fitch as “the hardest guy to submit in the UFC” and that statement couldn’t have been further from the truth. Maia came out aggressive early, taking Fitch down and transitioning to his back immediately. Maia displayed his grappling prowess by playing the role of human backpack for the duration of the opening round.

Throughout the fight Maia took his opponent down multiple times and placed himself in many advantageous positions but was unable to submit Fitch. After three rounds, Maia was declared the winner by unanimous decision and made a huge statement to all of the fighters in the welterweight division.

It was a dominant performance by Maia that left no doubt who the victor was.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

In NYC for UFC 205, Demian Maia doesn't see who might cut in line for his title shot now

  • 28 days ago
  • 15 views

Apart from its two protagonists, one particular fighter has a lot riding on Saturday’s UFC 205 co-headliner.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

After scrapped UFC 205 bout, Donald Cerrone says Demian Maia 'only fight that makes sense'

  • 27 days ago
  • 18 views

NEW YORK – Donald Cerrone is upset, not surprisingly, after his UFC 205 bout with Kelvin Gastelum was scrapped just one day prior to the eventFiled under: News, UFC read news >>

Kamaru Usman believes he's best grappler in division, wants Demian Maia next to prove it

  • 20 days ago
  • 7 views

SAO PAULO – “The Ultimate Fighter 21” winner Kamaru Usman believes he’s the best grappler in the UFC’s welterweight division, and he wants the chance to prove it against the man many consider to be t read news >>

UFC Fight Night 100: Claudia Gadelha vs. Cortney Casey video highlights

  • 18 days ago
  • 56 views

One fight removed from a failed title bid, Claudia Gadelha showed she is still one of the top fighters in the strawweight division with a dominant decision win over Cortney Casey.Filed under: News, U read news >>

Kamaru Usman thinks he can take Demian Maia out in the first round: 'My style would trump his style'

  • 18 days ago
  • 13 views

SAO PAULO – After a dominant display over Brazilian prospect Warlley Alves at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 100, Kamaru Usman is confident he can beat grappling ace Demian Maia: “I know that I can get h read news >>

Unable to claim his Griffin-Bonnar moment, Khalil Rountree intends to entertain at UFC Fight Night 101

  • 14 days ago
  • 12 views

MELBOURNE, Australia – Khalil Rountree showed off some spectacular striking skills during his run on “The Ultimate Fighter 23,” but his offense was completely nullified in the season’s live finale. F read news >>

Demian Maia talks Robbie Lawler offer, title-shot hopes and desired Anderson Silva rematch

  • 13 days ago
  • 24 views

SAO PAULO – Demian Maia was sitting cageside when UFC 205’s co-headliner between champ Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson was, much to his dismay, declared a draw. He’s now analyzing his options.File read news >>

After short-notice UFC debut loss, Jonathan Meunier thinks he showed true self in Melbourne

  • 10 days ago
  • 7 views

MELBOURNE, Australia – After a short-notice octagon debut in June, Jonathan Meunier was glad to finally show, at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 101, what he’s capable of under the right circumstances.Fil read news >>