Submission magician Demian Maia got the opportunity to show off his best stuff in his home country against Russian Alexander Yakovlev at tonight's (Sat., May 31, 2014) The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil 3 Finale in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Or, more accurately, he was given the chance to get back in the winning column following two straight losses.
He did just that.
Maia was aggressive from the outset, eager to close the distance. Yakovlev did well to circle away from getting hit with any significant strikes while stuffing an early takedown attempt.
Then, suddenly, Maia landed a hard shot that knocked the Russian back against the fence. Seizing the opening, the Brazilian pushed forward and came down into full mount. He worked hard but failed to finish from there. That said, he absolutely dominated the opening frame.
The same sequence played out in the second stanza save for a late reversal from Yakovlev that gave him top position. He attempted to work a guillotine but never came close to even securing the hold. He showed signs of life by the sound of the horn but it was still Maia's round and his fight to lose in the third.
Yakovlev was far more aggressive in the final frame but that was because he knew he was behind and needed a finish if he wanted to win. Maia, by no means coasting, did what he had to to get to the judges where he was awarded the clear decision victory.
Scores: 30-27 across the board.
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