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UFC 156: Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia Preview

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Friday, 01 February 2013 12:10

Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia oddsOn 2 February at UFC 156 is a large billboard with stars of high carat championship fight, fighters of great history and a couple that is who has led us to create this story, Jon Fitch (27-4-1) vs. Demian Maia (17-4), the most prominent of all time in the fight to the mat.

This clash between two of the best in the UFC welterweight promises plenty of action, but not necessarily the fireworks bringing fists, but the technique, which pits two wrestling Lions (Fitch) and jujitsu Brazilian (Maia).

They always try to take the fight down, which is where they operate better and is precisely why, since the fight was announced, the question is who has the advantage on the mat.

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I think the answer is not nobody until they enter the octagon in the event of Super Bowl weekend, which is always full of great fights.


If we look at the career of Fitch, who has been in this division contender at 170 pounds for a long time, we see that its major successes were the result of its dominance in the fight below. Recall his victories over Thiago Alves (twice), Diego Sanchez, Paulo Thiago, Mike Pierce and Erick Silva (the latter gave him a kind of struggle at home, Brazil last October. Simply played with him three rounds).

What we saw there was a Jon Fitch supreme on canvas, he could impose his will on the basis of takedowns, keys and hit the "ground and pound". That's your winning combination that led him even to a title fight against reigning champion, Canadian Georges St-Pierre.

Maia, meanwhile, is one of the foremost exponents of jujitsu has left Brazil and that is the discipline that has given his best achievements inside the cage.

To get an idea of ​​your skills, we should mention that the first five wins in the UFC were to submissions, with Chael Sonnen as one of his victims. And in his career, his 17 wins, nine have come by submission. Their quality led him to dispute the crown to the legendary Anderson Silva median in 2010.

Importantly until last July, Maia had always fought at 185 pounds until he decided to go down to 170 and defeated Dong Hyun Kim thread and Rick Story convincingly, knockout and submission.

Now in its new division, the Brazilian is much stronger physically and can be imposed on the physical battle of attrition to most of its rivals. Not the case with Fitch (both measured six feet) and that's another reason why this fight is spectacular.

What discipline will be more decisive, wrestling or jiu-jitsu? Will they go to the mat from the very beginning? Or will we have a surprise with his fists? Does the winner closer to a title fight?

All these questions will be answered on the night of February 2 in Las Vegas on a billboard that has names like Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Rashad Evans, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Alistair Overeem and Antonio Silva.

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