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At Least Demian Maia Knows What He’s In For Against Anderson Silva at UFC 112

Something about fighting Anderson Silva seems to bring out the crazy in some people. From Chris Leben’s stated goal of “roughnecking” him to James Irvin’s woefully misguided belief that all he needed to do was take two to give one, absurdly inadequate game plans have become a staple of any pre-fight hype when Silva is on the card. But God bless Demian Maia, he seems just a little more realistic about the whole thing.

Not only does he freely acknowledge that Silva is probably the most complete fighter in the world, he also knows that he only has one chance to win and it involves getting him to the mat and submitting him. It’s the first part of that equation that seems like it might be problematic, though.

Maia says he’s been working on his wrestling in the lead-up to this fight because, “I need to take Anderson down.” That kind of sober assessment of the situation is encouraging, though you can’t help but wonder how much his wrestling could have possibly improved in the two months since he found out that he was getting the title shot. He was able to get Chael Sonnen to the mat without much trouble, but will it be so simple to even get that close to Silva?

Oddsmakers sure don’t seem to think so. Maia is about a 5-1 underdog at the moment, with Silva going off at -800 on some online sportsbooks.  Guess they haven’t heard that stuff about Silva being a man with weaknesses.

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831 Son- April 6, 2010 at 10:39 am
Jizzninja you are an idiot. Im a big fan of Hendo but in a rematch he would still lose. And by the way he didnt just "get caught." He got smashed after that 1 round of lay and pray.
831 Son- April 6, 2010 at 10:36 am
"He was able to get Chael Sonnen to the mat without much trouble, but will it be so simple to even get that close to Silva?"

No it wont be simple whatsoever. Go watch the Maia vs Sonnen fight again and watch as Maia closes in on Chael to get a take down, he leaves so many openings to get counterstriked. If he tries to emulate that in any way possible against Anderson, he is going to get Jedi raped badly.

Anderson via T/KO R.1
iDestroy- April 6, 2010 at 6:46 am
Here's hopin' Maia breaks the Anderson's something.
Steffmeister- April 6, 2010 at 6:05 am
ghostboner- April 6, 2010 at 12:53 am
@ Charming Charlie and Tats - Nice. I'm pretty sure 2 predators have fought, the other one lost to Gabe Gonzaga via superman punch.
BalkanToni- April 6, 2010 at 12:49 am
I'm SO rooting for Maia!
jizzninja- April 6, 2010 at 12:45 am
Maias gonna take this. Guys who lose to silva aren't losing in the octagon they lose before they even enter.forrest was a joke, irvin had an addiction,Franklin was never really a top fighter just a posterchild for the sport, and henderson beat him in one rd and got caught, in a rematch he'd win. Maia rd 1 triangle choke
PERPATRAITOR- April 6, 2010 at 12:16 am
His only chance of winning is sneaking a gun into the octagon.....just sayin it like it is
skeletor- April 5, 2010 at 6:08 pm
The thing you're missing here is on a card with two title fights one of them is going to be disapointing. B.J. always comes to fight no matter who his opponent is. Anderson comes to fight when he feels a challenge. Something tells me a late replacement fighter with only BJJ skills is not what makes that equation work.
theknappyone- April 5, 2010 at 5:32 pm
I know this isn't exactly related.. but the Bens desperately need to update their Power Rankings.
LargeMidget- April 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm
I think that Damien's history in Abu Dhabi and how his style matches up against Anderson's + the fact Anderson is coming off a surgery is the recipe for an upset.

Who knows? Maybe Silva's fucked up elbow was what let him tune into the force and tool people with ease.

I'm only giving Maia the ol' 30% chance, but that's alot more than I'm giving Edgar (the poor basturd).

Tats- April 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm
"I mean, I guess I just take for granted that fighters don't ever take on Predators or Aliens. Shit, I just gave Hector Echavarria a plot idea."

Pretty sure a Predator fought in the ufc before. It lost to Lyoto Machida.
AL_14- April 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm
I want Maia to win but even if he can get Silva to the ground i don't see him winning. I just hope Anderson actually feels like fighting this weekend. Let's pray for Rua to beat Machida so Anderson can move to light heavyweight permanently so that we can see him in fights that he's actually going to try in against people who are gonna force him to be as good he can be.
Charming Charlie- April 5, 2010 at 5:07 pm
You know you're overmatched when the only weakness you can exploit in your opponent is that "he is a man." Good luck exploiting that Demian.

I mean, I guess I just take for granted that fighters don't ever take on Predators or Aliens. Shit, I just gave Hector Echavarria a plot idea.
BryanF- April 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm
please...please...please...I don't want this to be Silva VS Leites II
sevvi- April 5, 2010 at 4:28 pm
Good luck Demian, although i think Anderson will win it i hope for a good fight.. Think it will be a pretty good card.