I'm not that sure of Rory not going to fight St. Pierre. Didn't he even mention that it were possibleż
It was my understanding that he said he wouldn't fight GSP. But I could be wrong and missed a segment where he said he would.
As for the Maia - wrestler talk. He probably has just as good of takedowns as Pyle, probably better. There are TDs in BJJ, not traditional wrestling TDs, but he isn't a novice in getting guys to the ground.
If Maia can take down Fitch whenever he wants, I'm sure he can take Rory down. 1 TD may be all he needs to sub or control him for the rest of the round.
Before Maia, Fitch was still a beast, people said still a top 5 guy, just got caught vs. Hendricks. Since Maia whooped that ass, Fitch is now just a guy, funny how that works.
I would favor Rory if I were an oddsmaker, but Maia has a seriously good chance to win. I like the way he thinks now a days compared to his last days at 185.