Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight contenders Carlos Condit and Demian Maia clashed last night (Aug. 27, 2016) at UFC on FOX 21 inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Condit is one of the best fighters in Welterweight history, but he’s never held the official UFC strap. Opposite Maia in a potential title eliminator, this was a hugely important bout for Condit’s future in the division. Similarly, the stakes were high for the jiu-jitsu ace. Maia has been looking excellent in recent fights, but he’s also not likely to get any younger, meaning the pressure was on if he was to secure a shot at the 170-pound strap.
The Brazilian made a statement.
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Maia feinted his way into a single leg takedown and landed it within the first minute of the bout. Immediately, he began working towards the back mount, and Condit tried to stand and shake him off.
It didn’t work.
Maia broke his opponent down to the mat and began hunting for the choke. Just seconds later, Maia began to crank on the jaw, and his hold slid underneath the chin. Before long, Condit was forced to submit. This was textbook Maia. He moved into his single leg takedown well, and he was able to finish the initial dump without having to work all that hard from it. Once there, he kept his hips heavy and did not take long to pass through Condit’s dangerous guard.
Once in back mount, Maia did a great job of stretching out his opponent and hipping into the position. Once Maia had broken his foe down, he attacked the neck and finished the fight.
That’s all there is to it.
Maia deserves a title shot following this victory. Once Tyron Woodley accepts that he’s fighting Stephen Thompson, Maia undoubtedly should square off with the winner. He’s earned it. Obviously, there’s not a lot to analyze in this fight. Maia is the jiu-jitsu master, and he was able to do his thing early before Condit every got going.
To his credit, Condit did some smart things. He tried to move a lot early on, and his strategy — at least according to Stann — of maintaining full guard and feeding Maia’s elbows would’ve been interesting to say the least.
Unfortunately, Condit did make one major mistake, As Maia hunted for the submission, Condit failed to fight the top hand of the choke. There were a few moments where Condit may have been able to peel his foe’s hand off the submission, but he waited too long to try.
That’s harsh, but Demian Maia does not allow any mistakes on the mat.
Last night at UFC on FOX 21, Demian Maia ran through Carlos Condit in the first round. Will the Brazilian win his bid for the title?
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