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The biggest loser of UFC 97 wasn't Chuck Liddell, and it wasn't Anderson Silva's reputation as a finisher, and it wasn't Thales "canvas back" Leites. No, the biggest loser was a fighter who wasn't even there: Demian Maia.

Maia, an undefeated Brazilian jiu jitsu specialist, was expected to get the next shot at Silva's middleweight title, probably at UFC 102. But after the way the Silva-Leites fight went, I just can't see the UFC putting the Silva-Maia fight on now. Silva-Leites turned a lot of fans off, and Maia is a very similar fighter to Leites. The UFC won't want to turn the fans off again, and that means the UFC won't match Silva up with a submission specialist again.

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