Jake Shields did was Jake Shields does best last night and shut down Demian Maia for just enough of their five round fight to squeak out a decision. In the least surprising development ever, Maia thinks he got screwed over and opened up in the post fight press conference on exactly how he had things scored.
“The fight was decided in the fifth round. I think I won that round. I defended the takedowns and I believe I had the more effective stand up. I cannot understand the judges. My strategy was to defend the takedowns in the last part and try to stand upright. In the first round, I was more dangerous but it could have been given to anyone. The second he won. The third I think I won, and fourth and fifth.”
Judge Richard Bertrand and Sal D’Amato gave Shields the win, and Guilherme Bravo scored the contest 48-47 to the Brazilian. Maia thinks the judges should open up and explain their scores after the fight.
“I think the judges should make their criteria more clear, and the judges should go public,” he said. “A decision like this change a fighter’s life and these guys never show up. They need to show up. They need to know the responsibility they have with judging, and they should clarify the rules.”
MMA Junkie provides the scorecard and here’s the Fightmetric report. MMA Decisions has media outlets giving the fight to Shields by an 8 to 3 score with 2 draws. My scoring is skewed by the fact that I think Jake Shields is all about the dump and hump / wall and stall and the only thing he really deserves for that is to be shot out of a cannon into the sun.
Okay, maybe he’s got a few slick moves.
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