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It Will Be Demian Maia Fighting Anderson Silva in Abu Dhabi

(Demian Maia puts a hurtin’ on Jason MacDonald at UFC 87. Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly.)

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner in the "Which Barely Credible Challenger Wants to Get Thrashed by Anderson Silva on Two Months’ Notice?" sweepstakes. From

Following a hard-fought three round win over Dan Miller at UFC 109 that showed him to be more than just a submission expert*, Demian Maia will jump right back into training camp for the biggest fight of his career – an April 10th meeting with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 112 at Ferrari World on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Maia replaces countryman Vitor Belfort, who underwent emergency surgery on his left shoulder earlier this week to fix a chronic injury that got worse in his training camp for Silva.
“It’s always tough when a top fighter like Vitor Belfort has to pull out of a big title fight, but we have found a high quality replacement,” said UFC President Dana White. “Top contender Chael Sonnen was not available due to injuries sustained in his fight with Nate Marquardt, so top six** middleweight Demian Maia will step in to fight for the title. Maia is an Abu Dhabi grappling champion, a five-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, and he is 12-1 in MMA and coming off a win over Dan Miller at UFC 109. Anderson Silva vs Demian Maia will be a matchup between MMA’s best striker and MMA’s best grappler.”

* Sure. He’s also a mediocre kickboxer.

** Come on, nobody uses the phrase "top six." Just say "top five" and hope nobody questions it.

So let’s break this down…

He was the last guy to beat #1 contender Chael Sonnen, which makes him more qualified than anybody else. Maia was able to finish Sonnen in the first round of their fight last year thanks to his fearsome jiu-jitsu, which could pose problems for Silva as well — assuming Maia can get the fight to the ground. We have to admit, "MMA’s best striker vs. MMA’s best grappler" is a really good hook.

Putting Anderson Silva against a grappler is a great way to ensure that your main event will end in bitter frustration. And if Maia chooses to stand with Silva, forget it, he’ll get embarrassed just as badly as he was against Nate Marquardt. Are you guys ready for five rounds of circling and booing (or whatever it is that the Emirati people do to indicate displeasure)? Do any of you have high hopes for this one?

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mma samurai- February 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm
Well said sir. I can see your point and agree with you
aaronb- February 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm
I see Maia taking it via standing toe hold.
Total highlight reel stuff!!!
ArmFarmer- February 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm
I don't disagree with anything you just said.. but that doesn't make him a 1 dimensional fighter by any means. I guess that depends on your definition of a 1 dimensional fighter though. To me it's someone that is a 1 trick pony.. someone that's only good at one thing and if that one thing fails then they are helpless. Examples: Coleman, Manhoef, Hughes, Aoki, Kongo. Silva has chosen lately not to use his other skills because hasn't had any need to, not because he can't. That's the difference if you ask me. Silva's striking is the best of the best and he's got a bjj blackbelt to fall back on should the fight find it's way to the ground. To me that makes him a complete fighter.
mma samurai- February 15, 2010 at 8:51 am

I agree in the PAST he was more diverse but look at his last few fights. If someone goes to the ground he dances till they get back up or he offers his hand to let them back up. He has become such a dominant striker that that is all he does anymore. I say that as a bit of a pet peeve but also as a compliment because that is all he has to do. He has shown he can win without going to the ground. As far as the Leites the fight yes Leites did nothing but neither did Anderson. He got back up and went back to his usual song and dance. I just feel that if Maia is put in that same situation he would do more with it and as usual Silva will be looking for a way back to the feet is all.
ArmFarmer- February 15, 2010 at 6:37 am
@ mma samurai

Huh?? One dimensional? The guy is a bjj blackbelt.. and yes he did go to the ground with Leites he was taken down with Leites on top with plenty of time to work and Leites accomplished nothing. Silva also choked out Dan Henderson and triangle choked Lutter, a bjj world champion, from his back. True, Demian is more dangerous with submissions than any of those guys, but to call A. Silva one dimensional is f'n retarded.
intercept440- February 14, 2010 at 11:46 pm
And what the fuck is top six......whoever heard such a thing......thats like the ..........the equivelent of top 99 ...ok someone needs to really ..i mean really .....some one with a desk give me a call so i can slam my own nuts in the drawer 35 times ...WTF
intercept440- February 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm
i think i just shit my own pants over the disgust of it all
intercept440- February 14, 2010 at 11:40 pm
Is this really what this is coming to???? Really..........For real...........seriously...............

come joke???????

WHAT THE FUCK..........

Ide rather watch flys fuck......Maia???? vs Silva??? might as well put a 65 yr old igor takatarov against a 25 yr old Don frye

WTF is this?
mma samurai- February 14, 2010 at 11:13 am
@mechanicjitsu & cecils_pupils

I agree that would be a great fight. Can you imagine the crazy angles they would be throwing elbows from?! Not to mention they have similar body frames and styles of fighting. Maybe old DW should thought more about his decision of Silva's opponent before going with Maia. I still hold to my hopes of Maia winning this one. I'm a striker at heart but there is something utterly amazing and just beautiful about watching someone pull off a slick sub.
iDestroy- February 14, 2010 at 5:49 am
Denis Kang? Didn't they cut him?
If not, they should have. Everyone that loses to Bisping should be cut. Unless Wanderlei loses to him. If he loses they should give him the winner of Anderson-Maia.
XlamiEire- February 14, 2010 at 4:52 am
I honestly rather see Denis Kang take on Anderson.
steampunk22- February 13, 2010 at 11:19 pm
831 Son- February 13, 2010 at 7:43 pm
You guys are fucking retarded.
robthom- February 13, 2010 at 7:16 pm
Who who?!!

UFC sure knows how to make piss out of lemons when they want to.

So now how many skipables in a row does this make?!!
ithertz- February 13, 2010 at 4:09 pm
i would rather see silva fight tony jaa
mr_popo0- February 13, 2010 at 3:46 pm
ahhhh shit here we go again
Savageleto- February 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm
Here is that reason that all these promotions are blowing it- popping its head up again..

MMA needs to have a unified promotion....

That way all the fighters are under one roof and we get the fights that need to happen, for the buzz of this sport to keep growing, and make P4P rankings mean something.

I like Maia, he is a great fighter and seems like an awesome human being... However I do not think his performance of late warrants a shot at the title... with someone so dominate like Anderson...

AussieJosh- February 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Boring as shit!!! If Maia is stupid he will try to stand and Silva will finish him in the first round! or Mia will be smart and lay on his back for five rounds hoping Silva will lay on top of him! Just like when Silva fought that other JuJits guy! A real yawn fest!
Silva should have been taken off the card and put on another a month or two later when Belfort was ready!
Mechanicjitsu- February 13, 2010 at 2:48 pm
@mma samurai

Like your style son. Lotta good sense in there. Funny, when I read the Ralph Macchio thing I pronounced it Halph in my head. Guess some of us have been fans a while, huh? Anyways, I digress. Maia has the ability to finish Anderson. Problem is, I don't know if he has the ability to get the ground without counting ceiling lights. I think if Anderson wants to go 205 again, put him up against Bones. Too early for Bones? Probably, but how fuckin exciting would that be regardless of the length of the fight? Bones has a style and set of physical abilities that are rare to say the least. I know I'll get a bunch of shit for that, but whatever.
cecils_pupils- February 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm
@mma samurai as for Machida and Shogun, they are beasts themselves, but I predict a future reign for Bones. His judoka skills are crazy, he is well rounded, and I think, give him another year or 2 to develop, and he would give either of them a run for the title. We'll see.
cecils_pupils- February 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm
@mma samurai Good point about BJ, I guess if you look at it he has matured lately. As a competitor and athlete I will always say he is one of the best. I think for me, the only way I will feel comfortable being a fan of his again will be to see what happens when/if he ever fights GSP again.
mma samurai- February 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm
@ cecils_pupils

Thank you sir. As far as BJ is concerned, I do still like him. I agree all his shit talking before Penn/GSP II was a little much but I think it was all hype (not that the fight needed anymore hype). As an athlete and a champion I do like BJ and I think he's matured lately. Rather than shit talking all his oponents he respects them for steping up and fighting him. Shit talking GSP was a dickish move yeah but that's part of the game I guess.

Who I'd like to see dominate at 205? I like Machida right where he's at. He's a true champion and a great fighter as well. He has done more for karate than Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. I'm torn though because I really like Shogun as well and would love to see him with the belt. He too is a great fighter and would be a great and competitive champ. Those would be my top two choices as king of the 205ers. Everyone else I like and enjoy watching them fight but I just don't see a lot of champion material in the rest. Just my opinion.

PS Bones Jones is a beast for sure. Many props to him
Deadpanda- February 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm
It depends who shows up to fight.

It could be a 5 rnd boo fest.

But if one of them gets flashy, we could see one of the best fights of the year. Flying submissions? Backwards elbows? Flying jump kick combinations? Maybe Sliva will drill his Jits & make a statement on the ground?

I can only hope.
jizzninja- February 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm
Maia will get ko'd quik. Not farce griffin fast and hopefully with a lil more dignity than that flailing retard shit forrest did followed by running away. I still think he shit himself
TARDO Ortiz- February 13, 2010 at 1:07 pm
If he can't last two minutes with Nate, what chance does he have against the all mighty spider?