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post #21 of 203 (permalink) Old 09-25-2013, 10:56 AM
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Disagree. Who GSP finishes being the champion?
What Maia has been doing to strong grapplers at 170 is pretty impressive and if he ragdolls Shields he should be put to fight GSP right away (or JH, who knows?).

I want to see Maia vs GSP badly.
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It is impressive in what he did to Fitch. But what I am talking about is to sell the thought that GSP has a real challenger, they are going to need a sub. Obviously Maia is a top notch BJJ players and if he can't sub GSP no one can (besides Matt Hughes). I'd love to see Maia vs. GSP should he sub or decision Shields. But a submission win here would really make it a big time fight. Grappling a slippery, athletic, wrestler like GSP is different than Fitch or Shields.

That is why I say it is odd that they matched these 2 up. Shields doens't have a lot of momentum as most believe he has failed to look as good as people expected in teh UFC. And a guy with his skillset, doesn't leave much openings for Maia to really finish the fight. You and me might love the idea of Maia/GSP. But Joe Public won't. Watching highlights of Maia have their backs for extended periods of time. 3 years ago Fitch/SHields wins would have held much more praise.
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GSP probably jabs Maia into oblivion if they fight, but I'd love to see Maia get his shot.

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It is impressive in what he did to Fitch. But what I am talking about is to sell the thought that GSP has a real challenger, they are going to need a sub. Obviously Maia is a top notch BJJ players and if he can't sub GSP no one can (besides Matt Hughes). I'd love to see Maia vs. GSP should he sub or decision Shields. But a submission win here would really make it a big time fight. Grappling a slippery, athletic, wrestler like GSP is different than Fitch or Shields.

That is why I say it is odd that they matched these 2 up. Shields doens't have a lot of momentum as most believe he has failed to look as good as people expected in teh UFC. And a guy with his skillset, doesn't leave much openings for Maia to really finish the fight. You and me might love the idea of Maia/GSP. But Joe Public won't. Watching highlights of Maia have their backs for extended periods of time. 3 years ago Fitch/SHields wins would have held much more praise.
Agree. Hope it happens anyway, because Maia is not getting any younger. GSP is a strong dude, but Maia came down in weight for a reason. Now he can use his skill set while giving up the size disadvantage he had at 185.


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Excited for this fight. I see Maia winning, he's on such a good run right now with a lot of momentum, and Shields really isn't that dangerous standing or on the ground (on the ground with Maia).

Maia is the guy I have in my mind beating GSP if anyone does with the current guys in the diviison. I know Hendricks has power but GSP has faced a lot of guys with power, he's really good at picking his shots and playing the safe/control/decision game. Where as I can visualize Maia grabbing a hold of GSP and dragging him to the ground like he did Fitch, just with raw technique and being such a big guy at MW.

Can't wait to see what happens here and where Maia goes after this (if he wins).
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Agree. Hope it happens anyway, because Maia is not getting any younger. GSP is a strong dude, but Maia came down in weight for a reason. Now he can use his skill set while giving up the size disadvantage he had at 185.
seriously, maia was so dwarfed in size in the middleweight division; i thought he looked like a lightweight when next to anderson.

shields is/was/always will be laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame. he was a lame strikeforce champion and he will never get up to the level of skill needed to be a ufc champion. i hope he gets tapped into unconsciousness.

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This really is just a shockingly bad UFC card, and I'm getting tired of the watered down cards in general.

I'll take Maia.



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I really like Maia because he reminds me of myself. Good on the ground and crappy on the feet, although he improved his striking game. But skill wise, compared to me Maia is on a different level

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I'm one of the few taking Jake Shields in this fight. I just see him out pointing Maia, I expect it to be a close fight but I think Shields will be more busy on the feet and the grappling should be a stalemate perhaps with Shields spending more time on top.
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Maia isn't losing this IMO.

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I just hope it goes to the ground...




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