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 156: Jose Aldo defeats Frankie Edgar, and Bigfoot Sliva KO’s Overeem!

UFC 156 was a night that all Brazilian MMA fighters should be proud of, it saw all four Brazilians on the main card walking away with victories.

In the only bout that did not feature a Brazilian fighter, Jose Benavidez used his quickness and conditioning to win a decision over Ian McCall in their flyweight match up. Next up was BJJ specialist Demian Maia squaring off against UFC veteran Jon Fitch. From the start of this match Maia dominated, quickly rushing Fitch gaining control, and having Fitch battle to prevent from being submitted or choked out. It was Maia’s third fight as a welter, and he improved to 3-0 in the class, while also proving to everyone that he is a new face to reckoned with at 170lbs.

One of the most anticipated bouts of the night, was Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Most oddmakers had Overeem as the heavy favorite, and many were tuning in to see the Dutch striker waltz through Bigfoot, it proved to be just the opposite. Overeem acted cocky throughout the bout, leaving his hands down and showing no respect for Bigfoots striking ability. In contrast, Bigfoot Silva was more of the aggressor putting together great combinations that eventually led to him scoring a KO of Overeem in round 2. Former Light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans lost a decision to Lil Nog.

Many talked about how great Nog’s hands were, and that they shouldn’t be taken lightly by Evans. Evans danced throughout much of the fight, landing punches that were more like love taps on Lil Nog. In contrast, Nog established his range and used a still jab to keep Evans off balance at times. The judges all saw it going Nog’s way with his significant strikes out weighing Evans. In the Main Event, Aldo put his belt on the line against former Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. Aldo dominated the first two rounds, but Edgar started to turn it on the last two.

When the smoke cleared two judges had it 49-46 Aldo, while one had it 48-47 Aldo. Jose Aldo is quickly becoming one of the world’s best pound for pound MMA fighters.

UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar and Alistair Overeem returns!

On Saturday February 2nd, the Mandalay Bay Events Center will host UFC 156. This event will not only showcase the highly anticipated match-up between current Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo  and Frankie Edgar, but it will also have the return of Alistair Overeem.

Flyweights Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall will square off first on the main card. Both of these gentlemen are coming off losses to current champion Demetrious Johnson, however both of them proved to be very worthy opponents. I think it’s safe to say that the winner of this match will solidify themselves as the number one contender. Jon Fitch will take on Demian Maia in a welterweight match. Fitch has virtually beat everyone who is someone in the welters excluding GSP, and Demian Maia is 2-0 as a welter and has looked very impressive in his new class.

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will face the strong challenge of fighting Alistair Overeem who will be returning to action following a suspension he received resulting from a failed drug test last April. Overeem made his UFC debut defeating former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar by TKO in 2:26 of the first round. The victory earned him a Heavyweight Title shot against champion Junior Dos Santos.

However  Overeem was revealed to have failed his pre-fight drug test by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). Overeem had a 14-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio, over the allowed ratio rate of 6-to-1, and this is what led to his suspension. Most expect him to be on fire trying to once again earn himself a title shot.

Rashad Evans will battle Antônio Rogério Nogueira in a light-heavyweight match. This could prove to be rewarding for Nog if he were to catch a win. In contrast, I think Evans has to get a win, a loss could prove devastating to him working his way towards a title shot. Finally in the main event we have Jose Aldo squaring up against Frankie Edgar. This will be entertaining from beginning to end, with both fighters having great tanks and tremendous heart. Look for fireworks in this championship bout. As for a winner, flip a coin