People can say what they want about Maia, but Dong Hyun Kim is no better. He barely beat Brown, basically lost a decision to an out of prime Parisyan, won a decision against Sadollah (not a good win), won a decision against a very undersized Nate Diaz, and got swept easily and decisively out classed by Condit. His other wins are over low level fighters, and his latest win was another decision against Sean Pierson who isn't very good at the moment himself.
I'm not saying Kim shouldn't be the favorite here, this is Maia's first fight at welterweight and he will probably gas, but I'd say they are about on the same level. I wouldn't be surprised if Maia beat him. Kim had nothing for Condit on the ground, and even got swept right into mount when he decided to take it there. If he decides to use his judo against Maia, the same story could happen. On the feet, he might have the advantage, but not a very significant one. Maia continues to try and improve his stand up because he knows it's a weak part of his game. Who knows how it will look once fight night arrives if Kim decides to sprawl, stick, and move.
Psalm 30:5 "For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
Top 3 Favorite Fighters
1. Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell
2. Glover Teixeira
3. Demian Maia
Last edited by Stapler; 07-03-2012 at 04:18 PM.