Does Demian Maia have the best Jiu-jitsu in MMA?
By Edward Carbajal
Demian Maia (24-6) secured his ninth victory by submission in the UFC last Saturday night in Vancouver. The significance of holding a win over Carlos Condit (30-10) showed that he is absolutely ready for a shot at the title. But does his one dimensional game pose a threat to those between him and the championship?
Maybe, maybe not.
Maia has never been shy about his love for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, he even mentioned it in his post-fight interview. In the past he has even expressed his opinion on martial artists and athletes in Mixed Martial Arts. He feels he is part of a dying breed of martial artists versus athletes that are jack of all trades and master of nothing.
Condit was a heavy favorite before the fight happened. He represents the athletes Maia feels are saturating the sport and he [Condit] felt the opposite. His well-rounded game would surely find a hole in Maia's Jiu-Jitsu to earn him a victory. A lot of people thought that but the best way to beat an opponent is to make him fight your fight.
Maia did just that. The moment he secured the single leg and sucked it into him, Condit was in one of the worst possible positions he could be in. Underneath a high level Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt.
Brian Stan had noted during the fight Condit had a game plan to cut Maia with elbows should he find himself on his back. It was a solid plan but when exchanging with a grappler of the level Maia is, some movement could be like trying to swim out of quicksand. So was the case of Condit when he would try to swing from the bottom, exposing his back and giving Maia the choke.
So, does Maia have the best Jiu-jitsu in MMA? Right now, he definitely has the best in the UFC welterweight division.
UFC Fight Night Results
Demian Maia def. Carlos Condit via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 1:52
Anthony Pettis def. Charles Oliveira via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 3, 1:49
Paige VanZant def. Bec Rawlings via knockout (kick and punches) - Round 2, 0:17
Jim Miller def. Joe Lauzon via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Sam Alvery def. Kevin Casey via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 4:56
Kyle Bochniak def. Enrique Barzola via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Alessio Di Chirico def. Garreth McLellan via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Felipe Silva def Shane Campbell -TKO (punches) 1 1:13
Chad Laprise def. Thibault Gouti - TKO (punches) round 1, 1:36
Jeremy Kennedy def. Alex Ricci via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.