It’s a good thing I wasn’t at UFC 156 because I would have hauled off and punched anyone in the face who had the temerity to boo Demian Maia’s amazing hoo-hitsuing of Jon Fitch. Maia dominated the fight from start to finish and spent two rounds an inch away from sliding his arm under Fitch’s neck and choking him out. If you can’t appreciate that shit, go watch some WWE or kickboxing or something.
But it wasn’t just fan appreciation that Maia was denied on Saturday. The judges also robbed him of two and arguably three 10-8 rounds. It seems like total grappling dominance means butkis in Vegas. Not shocking considering the bumbling trio of boxing judges the state continues to employ for UFC events, but frustrating none the less. Even Maia had something to say about it:
“I don’t know why the judges never 10-8 or 10-7. 10-9 is like the fight is near and then if you dominate it should be 10-8. If it’s really dominating it should be 10-7. And the judges need to give that because it’s different and it can change the fighting game.”
Just another way that grapplers are disadvantaged by shitty judging. You can’t win off your back. No amount of grapplemurdering will earn you a 10-8. And your opponent is free to grab the cage and your gloves as much as he wants without any fear of losing a point. With all these factors, it’s no surprise that jiu jitsu took such a backseat to sprawl n brawl over the past few years.
Fortunately, guys like Demian Maia are showing the gentle art can be just as effective as it ever was. While you can’t discount the new size advantage he has at welterweight, the biggest change we’ve seen is his aggressiveness. He goes for the takedown and submission with laser-like focus. How many other guys with world-class jiu jitsu could reinvigorate their games if they did the same?
More Maia takedown supremacy after the jump!