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Old 12-20-2009, 07:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It's very good for him, but, i'm a little critical and i'm saying he should have worked harder on his stand-up prior to the fight with nate.
I mean, it's absurd in a way: why? Because he is fighting at 185, a cathegory dominated by the best striker in MMA. He should have thought that he needs to have a way better stand-up in order to challenge Silva.
Annyway. It's good to hear he is working hard on his stand-up.
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I remember a lot of talk and a interview or something before his fight with Marquardt saying how much he had improved his stand up/striking. The fight didn't really last long enough to see any improvement so maybe it was/is very improved but I am going to believe it when I see it.
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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It's very good for him, but, i'm a little critical and i'm saying he should have worked harder on his stand-up prior to the fight with nate.
I mean, it's absurd in a way: why? Because he is fighting at 185, a cathegory dominated by the best striker in MMA. He should have thought that he needs to have a way better stand-up in order to challenge Silva.
Annyway. It's good to hear he is working hard on his stand-up.

Eh... Lutter has awful standup too. Maia has better Jitz and better take-downs than Lutter. I think he was too focused on what to do once he gets ahold of Silva, vs how to get ahold of him.
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:07 PM   #14 (permalink)
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KO'd or not Nate could have had his way with him, he was tore up from the floor up

funny how guys like Khovs thinking works.... Maia has an IRON CHIN for getting devastated by the 1st punch of the fight and being KO'd.... Cain has no chin for taking 3 MASSIVE shots from one of the most powerful HWs in the game and not only doesnt crumble, he gets the takedown and dominated... but that = no chin hahahaha
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:13 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Great interview, way more like Maia then the fake interview before where he was calling out Nate.



I find it total bullshit though that Maia helps guys like JDS, A. Silva, Lil Nog etc with their jiu-jitsu but he ends up training stand-up with lower ranked strikers like Wanderlei and this Boxe gym (a sister gym to the old Chutebox gyms or something?). I don't get it. All the help he gives top tier strikers and he's not getting the help he needs back.
Good point. While Wandy may not have the best striking overall he is a crafty veteran and good awesome training partner for pretty much everyone, but I agree its weird that the strikers whose Jitsu Maia is helping to improve aren't returning the favor by improving Maia's stand up. Im sure he could learn a thing or 2 from Silva and JDS.
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I just don't think that Maia will ever develop top-level standup. Yes, he doesn't need to be world-class, but the way he moves in the ring and how he reacts to strikes leads me to believe that he won't break into the top 5.
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