I wouldn't go as far to say that he has "no excuse." It's not like Maia sucks. He is a strong welterweight himself with an amazing ground game. He dropped the ball against Shields, but how often have you seen guys like Fitch and Story get rag dolled? Fitch against St. Pierre when he was the kingpin, and Story, I'm not even sure. He is a brute who's conditioning is his enemy. Maia walked right through him when he was at 100%. Maia is still a beast. Rory is talented, no doubt, and Maia will have his hands full if he brings his best, but if Maia manages to get him down, Rory could have his hands full as well. Jake worked on the ground fine against him, but I'd say that Jake is much better on the ground than Rory (and arguably better than the rest of the division grappling wise) and is often underrated because of his style.
I see this as a pretty evenly matched fight. I'm leaning toward Maia, but if Rory comes in with his takedown defense being top of the line, it could be a long night for Maia because his stand up isn't where it needs to be.
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