UFC 214 Demian Maia vs Neil Magny UFC 190
Let’s rewatch Demian Maia’s Performance of the Night victory over Neil Magny back in 2015. Smack bang in the middle of Maia’s current seven-fight win streak. Things weren’t always so good for the number one welterweight cotentder. Not too long before this Magny had lost to both Rory MacDonald and Jake Shields. Of course, Rory went on to compete for the title against the current Champion at the time Robbie Lawler. Losing in one of the most memorable fights in UFC history.
Since that time, however, MacDonald has moved on to greener pastures with Bellator MMA. While Jake Shields was un summarily dropped from the promotion. But it was to be Maia last taste of defeat inside the octagon as the Brazilian would go n to wrack up seven consecutive wins. With Magy holding the number three position in that win streak.
Can a fighter who is perhaps the purest BJJ guy in the UFC overcome the vicious striking power of the Champion.and secure a win. When Maia first burst on to the scene he wasn’t known for his striking but has improved substantially over time. It’s the ultimate clash of styles as the wrestler who has become known for his knockouts.
Faces off against a guy who everyone knows what he wants to do. To get the Champion to the ground and submit him. Watch out for the Champion to utilise his takedown defence to nullify Maia’s ground game. Keep it on the feet and stop the Brazilian’s win streak right there and then.
The Weight on a Nation
Now Maia faces Tyron Woodley in the co-main event of UFC 214 for the welterweight championship. Can Maia, the man to be considered the best Jiu Jitsu practitioner in the UFC gets his hands on the belt? Currently, with no UFC Champions coming from Brazi. He may well be feeling the weight of an entire nation on his shoulders.