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Rory MacDonald 10 43.48%
Demian Maia 13 56.52%
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:16 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I'm hoping Maia takes a limb home with him. And subs Rory in spectacular fashion
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:21 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Rory has no excuse to lose this fight imo... The guy is just too big and talented. It's just going out their and putting it all together. He can't wait the entire fight to get it going like in Lawler fight.
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:11 AM   #23 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:51 AM   #24 (permalink)
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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.
Maia has the best ground game in the Division by far imo.... I just feel Rory should be able to control the distance and dominate on the feet.
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Old 02-20-2014, 12:06 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Maia fought like an idiot against Shields.
He spent way too much time fishing for a triangle.

Still thought it was hilarious that despite getting outstruck and out grappled and landing zero takedowns that Shields still won the fight.

Hopefully Maia doesn't fight like an idiot against Captain Hipster.
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Maia has the best ground game in the Division by far imo.... I just feel Rory should be able to control the distance and dominate on the feet.
There is an article on Bleacher Report:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...eakdown/page/3

where for the takedowns they point out how Rory allowed BJ to get on the inside. If he has this same flaw again Maia then I expect the fight to go to the ground or Maia start going for subs and back control standing. For me it is all about if Rory can keep this standing, because if it hits the ground Maia will beat Rory.
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If Maia is commited to taking Rory down, i don't see any reason why Rory's jab will keep him off.
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Initially I thought Rory could take this, then I remembered that Demian did beat Fitch, Story, Kim, and a sleu of others at MW. Given their history it's fairly evenly matched.

If Maia gets on the inside/clinch/takedown it'll be his world. If Rory pumps his jab and fights like he should aggressively controlling all aspects of the fight then he takes it. Kinda glad Robbie won, but we all know that was Rory's fight. GSP passed the torch to Rory. It's up to him to take it.

After reviewing the top three fights this is actually a solid card. It's just lacking the usual super star marquee fights.
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I feel MacDonald is the stronger of the two and will be able to dictate more of where the fight takes places and his better striking skills will give him the edge in the rounds allowing him to win a decision.
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I feel MacDonald is the stronger of the two and will be able to dictate more of where the fight takes places and his better striking skills will give him the edge in the rounds allowing him to win a decision.
That's what I've been thinking. Maia rag dolled Fitch and Story but I think Rory is much stronger than either of them and his defensive wrestling is superior as well. Neither Fitch nor Story have shown the ability to deal with being pressured constantly. Rory hasn't really either but his footwork is better so I don't know if Maia will be able to rush into the clinch the same way.

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