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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-29-2012, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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I was just thinking this myself. It's like he's suddenly became some kind of one dimensional fighter and lets face it, it isn't exactly getting him in the win column. Like you i couldn't beleive it when he used his BJJ skills to stand up! There is only so much longer that the UFC can call him the best BJJ guy in the UFC, as he isn't showing it.

I have no doubt that Bisping would have finished Maia if that fight was still on the card.
And he isn't even looking good in the loss. At least when say, Koschek for example, stopped trying to take people down and started to try and out strike, even in the fights he lost, they were exciting brawls at worst...

The way Maia is losing is just boring to watchbecause his stand up is terrible and he almost seems afraid to be hit.
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It's very frustrating to watch. He's using his best weapon defensively and I don't think anyone is scared of Maia striking. Sometimes I wish he would just pull guard. Whenever the fight hit the ground Maia hit some kind of sweep or whatever and got back up almost instantly... I refuse to believe he would have had a tough time with Weidman on the ground.

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He should start pulling guard. I don't think he's a threat to very many people with his striking game, but he's a threat to everyone on the ground.
Maia tend to convince me that he is not a threat for any top 10 MW.. His late performances are really bad!
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That fight was really weird. Maia looked gassed in the first round (Weidman didn't look much better though). His punches were sloppy and as someone mentioned looked worse than in some of his previous fights.

Wasn't there an interview lately where Maia said that he would return to his roots what initially brought him his success in the UFC and would focus again on his BJJż

There are quite some BJJ fighters that, to my taste, fell too much in love with their boxing (i.e. the Nogueiras). Maia probably is in a fringe zone between boxing and BJJ. By focussing too much on his boxing, those new boxing reflexes interfere with his BJJ so that he lost some of his skills there, but he didn't box long enough that his boxing can compete with longtime strikers. Maybe he learns to use his boxing to set up his BJJ instead of trying to pretend to be a striker.

Using his BJJ to stand up was really a WTF-moment. He had his opponent almost reversed and could have attacked on the ground, but no he stands up and returns to sloppy punches.
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I completely agree. The thing that really irks me is even in his interviews recently he was talking about going back to his BJJ roots!
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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-30-2012, 12:08 PM
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He always talk about this 'going back to my bjj' crap.

The fact is, Maya has a terrible transition to the ground game, i didnt know about the flu until now but his stand up was actually worst IMO and every time he went for the leg he was telegraphing.
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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-30-2012, 12:17 PM
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For the life of me I cannot figure out why he's chosen to be a mediocre striker, rather than a briliant submission-artist...

He used to have that Palhares-vibe about him, you knew what he was gonna do in the cage, but he got away with it anyway...

Nowadays, not so much :/

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Ya I really used to like Maia when he was a 1 dimensional submission killer. At least there was a good chance that he would pull off something amazing.

His standup is awful at best and he shows absolutely no desire to take the fight down. I have little to no interest in watching him fight now.

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