I'm not sure if he would beat Fitch, Diaz, Ellenberger, Kos, Hendricks, Rory. But Maia is an interesting matchup just because if it does hit the ground he is better than everyone. Some not as much as others. But he has the ability to sub anyone if t ends up on the ground.
I personally think he should pull guard more. Even pull half guard. He can take a lot of guys down with his trips and BJJ style TDs. But when he can't he should look to pull guard more.
That said, many of those fights could end up as crappy kickboxing fights if Maia can't get guys to the mat. Fitch/Maia, Kos/Maia would both be crappy striking battles. And Hendricks and Ellenberger wouldn't be as aggressive worrying about running into a TD. And have chances of being a very cautious kickboxing fights.
I'd like to see him vs. Kos or Fitch really just to see if he could pull something off. If Fitch doesn't let it go to the ground we can sort of see where Maia and Fitch are in their striking. Maybe one will end up picking the other apart.
Last edited by jonnyg4508; 10-20-2012 at 11:58 AM.