UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields Preview

UFC Tonight: Maia vs. Shields

UFC Fight Night will take place on October 9, 2013 from Barueri, Brazil. The main event features a welterweight showdown between submission specialists Demian Maia and Jake Shields.

UFC Fight Night Preview: Maia vs. Shields

Shields was a powerhouse prior to joining the UFC in 2010. He fought in several other fight organizations including Strikeforce, K-1, and Elite XC. He was undefeated in 12 fights, defeating such talent as Dan Henderson, Mayhem Miller, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, Carlos Condit, and Yushin Okami.

Jake Shields Highlights

His UFC career has been shaky, winning only 3 out of 6 bouts. He also fought champion Georges St. Pierre for the belt in 2011, which he lost by unanimous decision. Also, before joining the UFC he was well respected for his submission game. He had finished 6 of his opponents in the 1st or 2nd round. Shields has not submitted anyone since being in the UFC, going the distance in the 3 fights that he has won. After suffering a personal loss in his life, can Shields bounce back to his old superstar form, or are we seeing the final stages in the career of one of the greatest fighters in MMA?

Jake Shields Talks About Fight With Demain Maia

Demian Maia has spent his entire career as a UFC fighter, joining the organization in 2007. He started off fighting in the middleweight division, where he was immediately successful. He won his first 5 fights, all by submission. He defeated Chael Sonnen, Nate Quarry, Jason Macdonald, Ed Herman, and Ryan Jensen. In his 6th fight he was defeated by KO in a loss to Nate Marquardt.

After another win in his next fight against Dan Miller, he got a title shot against champion Anderson Silva. He came up short, losing to the champ by unanimous decision. After the loss to Silva, Maia would win 3 out of the next 5 fights. His last fight being a unanimous decision loss to Chris Weidman. He made the decision to drop down to welterweight after that fight.

So far it seems like a wise choice as Maia has won his first 3 fights in the division, defeating Dong Hyun Kim, Rick Story, and Jon Fitch. He seems to be rejuvenated, and looks to return to the form he had when he first entered the UFC.

Demian Maia Highlights

Can Jake Shields return to his winning ways and be the dominant fighter he used to be, or will Demian Maia continue his assault on the welterweight division as he works his way to another title shot?

Also featured on the main card is another dynamic welterweight bout between up and comer Erick Silva as he takes on veteran Dong Hyun Kim, a light heavyweight match between dangerous striker Thiago Silva and fan favorite Matt Hamill, a light heavyweight match between solid strikers Fabio Maldonado and Joey Beltran, a welterweight match between veteran Mike Pierce and dangerous submission artist Rousimar Palhares, who debuts at 170, and a bantamweight match between Raphael Assuncao and TJ Dillashaw.


UFC 165: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafson Results and Post-fight Press Conference

UFC 165 took place on September 21, 2013 from Toronto, Ontario. The main event was a light heavyweight championship bout between champion, Jon Jones, and the challenger, Alexander Gustafsson.

Many UFC fans were anxious to see a challenger in Gustafsson, who’s physical stats almost match Jones. Jones has enjoyed a tremendous height and reach advantage over everyone he’s faced. Gustafsson is actually taller than Jones, and Jones only has a slight reach advantage over Alexander. This is the first time Jones actually had to look up at an opponent, which was evident at the weigh-ins.

UFC 165 Weigh-In Highlights

Round 1: Jones and Gus both come out to the center and Gus throws a leg kick immediately and Jones returns one. Gus is using great footwork to move side to side, while Jones throws a couple of spinning back kicks. Gus lands a solid right hand which gets Jones respect, and cuts Jones over his right eye. The match looks even as both land kicks and punches. Gus shoots for a takedown on Jones and lands it, the first time Jones has ever been down. He gets back to his feet and they continue. Gus looks really comfortable on his feet and gives Jones stiff competition in the first round.

Round 2: Jones face is busted up slightly as the cut over his right eye is leaking blood. They both come out to the center once again and Gus starts working his jab. Jones throws a kick which Gus catches. He holds Jones leg and uses it to take Jones down again. Jones gets right back to his feet and they engage again. Jones chases Gus down attempting a takedown, but is unable to complete it. Gus continues to circle as he throws jabs, hooks, and kicks. He lands several of the punches. Jones throws several spinning back kicks to Gus body that don’t seem to do must damage. He also throws several head kicks that land, but un-phase Gus. This is another highly competitive round that could go either way.

Round 3: They both come out and trade leg kicks in the center. Gus lands a stiff combination to Jones head. Gus looks very confident as he continues to circle, landing jabs to Jones head, body, and leg kicks of his own. Jones throws several leg kicks, kicks to the body, and attempted high kicks. Gus lands a stiff uppercut that gets Jones attention, and Jones keeps looking for openings. Jones lands a solid kick to Gus’ body that takes his air away for a second, but they engage again. Jones lands a strong spinning back elbow during the final 30 seconds of the round. Jones has been unable to land any takedowns up to this point, and it remains an extremely competitive fight.

Round 4: They meet back in the center and Gus immediately presses the action, throwing jabs and circling away. Jones face is busted up worse than we’ve ever seen in his career. Jones is throwing kicks and looking for openings, but unable to land anything significant. Gus continues to work his jab and use great footwork to circle around Jones. Gus really hits his stride, teeing off with several stiff punches to Jones face. No one has taken it to Jones like this before. Jones eye is bleeding down the side of his face from the barrage of punches from Gus. Jones attempts another takedown which Gus defends again. Jones throws 2 or 3 short standing elbows that land, but Gus takes them and keeps coming forward. Jones throws a spinning back elbow that misses, then seconds later throws another one that lands directly to Gus head. Gus is stunned from that elbow and Jones pounces, trying to finish. There is only 30 seconds left and Gus is able to survive, but Gus face is busted open from the elbow.

Round 5: Final round, both men come out, and they look visibly tired but continue to engage. Gus continues throwing stiff jabs and punches that are finding their mark. Jones keeps throwing kicks to the leg and the body of Gus. Finally, Jones is able to take Gus down, but Gus backs up to the cage and gets right back to his feet. Jones lands 3 head kicks, but Gus takes them and continues to come forward. Both men look totally exhausted, but they fight it out non stop. Jones lands another head kick and a flying knee, but Gus shows he has a solid chin, and takes them with no problem. Both men look on the verge of collapse, but they fight it out to the last second, delivering probably one of the greatest light heavyweight championship fights in UFC history.

Jones vs. Gustafsson Fight Highlights

After deliberating, the judges gave the unanimous decision to Jon Jones, who remains the light heavyweight champ with the most title defenses in the division.

UFC 165 Post Fight Press Conference

This was the most competitive fight that we’ve seen in Jones career. It was such a back and forth fight with both men giving and taking. Jones was seen limping after the fight and was taken directly to the hospital. This was Gustafsson’s best performance inside the Octagon, and it was such a close fight that a rematch between these two will probably happen soon.

Dana White On Jones vs. Gustafsson Rematch

Other results:

Renan Barao defeated Eddie Wineland by TKO with a spinning back kick in Round 2.

Brendan Schaub defeated Matt Mitrione by submission with a d’arce choke in Round 1.

Francis Carmont won a unanimous decision over Costa Phillipou.

Khabib Nurmagomedove won a unanimous decision over Pat Healy.

UFC 165 Preview: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafson

UFC 165 takes place on September 21, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario. The main event is a light heavyweight title bout between champion, Jon Jones, and the challenger, Alexander Gustafsson.

UFC 165 Promo Trailer

Jon Jones has had an amazing UFC career and has been involved with the organization 5 years. He has pretty much run through everyone they have put in front of him. He has defeated some of the best fighters in the world. Most fighters could only dream of having Jones fight resume. He has victories over Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Rampage Jackson, & Shogun Rua. This will be his 6 title defense and 2nd fight of this year.

Jon Jones Highlight Reel

Alexander Gustafsson has had an equally impressive run at light heavyweight, but somehow has been overlooked by many. He’s been with the UFC since 2009, and has taken out many great fighters. He only has one loss to Phil Davis by submission, but after that fight he won his next 6 fights, defeating Cyrille Diabate, James Te Huna, Matt Hamill, Vladmir Matyushenko, Thiago Silva, and Shogun Rua. He has looked impressive in all of his victories, dominating in every aspect. His climb to the top of the division is very similar to Jones in that they have faced several common opponents.

Alexander Gustafsson Highlight Reel

One factor that excites fans is the fact that Gustafsson is about the same size as Jones. Jones has enjoyed a tremendous height and reach advantage over all of his previous opponents. With Gustafsson that is not the case. Their stats are virtually identical. This is a pretty evenly matched fight. Jones has the edge in the wrestling department, while Gustafsson has the edge in striking. They recently met at a UFC press conference where they both addressed the media, fans, and faced off.

 UFC Press Conference  Jones vs. Gustafsson

The co-main event features bantamweight interim champ Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland, heavyweights Brendan Schaub vs. Matt Mitrione, middleweights Costa Philippou vs. Francis Carmont, and lightweights Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov.

This is a great card featuring many of the top fighters in the UFC. Gustafsson has been calling for a shot at the title for a while now and he finally gets his chance. Will his size and striking be enough to topple the current champion? Will Jones stand with Alexander or choose to take it to the ground? Can Jones continue his dominance, or will he be the latest champ to surrender a belt? Tune in to UFC 165 on September 21st and find out.