Re: Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia (UFC 156)
Frankly i'm surprised this fight took so long to happen. To me, matching these 2 guys up is a no brainer.
I think this is a good fight for Maia. He's easily among the top BJJ guys in the UFC. And Fitch is a phenomenal wrestler. As talented as he is, Maia's elite BJJ is still limited against high pressure brawlers (which is why he lost against Munoz, a good, but less technically skilled fighter)
Fitch on the other hand is playing Maia's game, and Maia's a master chess player. It should be a good fight, but I'd give it to Maia by submission.
Now there's always the possibility that it could be boring if both play it safe, and do not want to engage on the ground. Then Fitch could pick him apart with strikes. But I wouldn't expect a spectacular knockout - perhaps a decision.
My money is still on Maia by submission.