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Old 11-15-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
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Default Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia (UFC 156)

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A welterweight matchup between perennial contender Jon Fitch (24-4-1 MMA, 14-2-1 UFC) and Brazilian submission ace Demian Maia (17-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) is the latest addition to February's UFC 156 event.

UFC officials today announced the new contest.

Featuring a featherweight title fight between current champ Jose Aldo and former lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar, UFC 156 takes place Feb. 2 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The evening's main card airs on pay-per-view.

UFC officials did not announce where the bout will reside on the UC 157 lineup, but it seems a likely candidate for the main card.

Maia currently boasts a two-fight win streak after downing Rick Story at this past month's UFC 153 event in Rio de Janeiro and earning a bizarre TKO victory over Dong Hyun Kim at July's UFC 148 fight card in Las Vegas. The two victories came after a disappointing 1-2 run that included losses to Chris Weidman and Mark Munoz.

Maia is a Fabio Gurgel black belt and former world champion jiu-jitsu player who one ea. However, his recent win over Story marked Maia's first submission win since a 2009 tapout victory over Chael Sonnen.

Meanwhile, Fitch also fought at UFC 153 and earned a hard-fought unanimous-decision win over Erick Silva in a bout that was deemed the evening's "Fight of the Night." The bonus was much appreciated by Fitch, who openly admitted beforehand that a loss would likely result in him picking a full-tie job in addition to his training duties.

Fitch had previously lost in stunning knockout fashion to Johny Hendricks and settled for a draw against B.J. Penn. Prior to those setbacks, he was 13-1 in his first 14 UFC fights and was generally considered the world's second-best fighter at 170 pounds.
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I know that it's a fight that a lot of people, including myself, wanted to see. Who do you guys got?
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:01 PM   #2
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Awful fight for Maia. Fitch by UD.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:16 PM   #3
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Awful fight for Maia. Fitch by UD.
how you figure?
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:30 PM   #4
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Default Re: Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia (UFC 156)

GnP without space for Maia try a submission.....
I think Fitch has a better stand up game......
But wait a minute...I just remembered, Erick almost submited Fitch, right ??? Well, maybe is not an awful fight then.....
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:30 PM   #5
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Maia by RNC.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:44 PM   #6
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I still can't believe that he got out of Silva's RNC. That was just about as deep as they get. Apparently he trained RNC defence like a madman when prepping for Penn.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:50 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:01 PM   #8
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I'm not so sure that Fitch has that big of an advantage standing.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:52 PM   #9
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Demian Maia is not a bona fide WW, I'm rolling with Fitch.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:30 AM   #10
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fitch said there isnt a blackbelt that could submit him lol he better be careful this fight very well could happen. but i like fitch UD
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:37 AM   #11
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Maia looks like a completely different fighter when his opponents are 170, vs 185.

I think he takes this.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:08 AM   #12
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I think Maia's pot shotting kickboxing will work for him here.

Still, desperate for this to go to the ground. And Vic, I disagree, Silva and BJ got in enough good positions that I think Maia can as well.

Hopefully goes to the ground! Can't wait will be brilliant this.

I'm in Thailand when it's on though
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:08 AM   #13
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Can't wait. Don't wanna predict anything, I think I'm just gonna sit back and enjoy this one.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:59 AM   #14
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if maia wins this he surely enters the title picture no?
i would polish danas nuts with my tongue if he could get maia vs nick diaz to happen
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i would polish danas nuts with my tongue if he could get maia vs nick diaz to happen
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