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Old 02-24-2014, 06:23 AM   #31
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2/22 on takedown attempts and people are wondering why he was gassed?

Try getting stuffed 20 times in 15 mins and tell me how you feel.

I'm sure his endurance was fine going into the fight

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Old 02-24-2014, 06:28 AM   #32
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2/22 on takedown attempts and people are wondering why he was gassed?

Try getting stuffed 20 times in 15 mins and tell me how you feel.

I'm sure his endurance was fine going into the fight
Not to mention he got hit with multiple bodys shots in the 2nd that made Rousey's knees look like love taps, and those were some pretty good knees!

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Old 02-24-2014, 06:30 AM   #33
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He was throwing way harder GnP than he usually does in the first round, really busted Rory up. Didn't pay off in the long run though.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:27 AM   #34
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2/22 on takedown attempts and people are wondering why he was gassed?

Try getting stuffed 20 times in 15 mins and tell me how you feel.

I'm sure his endurance was fine going into the fight
Looked like he gassed before those failed attemps went too high.

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Old 02-24-2014, 07:47 AM   #35
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At the end of the first he was gassed out and looked like a zombie the rest of the fight. I beliebe it was a tough weight cutting process, something must went wrong. I mean, he never gassed that fast in the WW div
he only had 2 fights that ended in the first round and two uneventful grapplefests that went the distance.

This was a very different fight against the best and most complete fighter he has faced at 170 so far. I don't think he looked gassed at the end of the first round either, he always looked a little weird in the standup.

In the second he started to gas but that was to be expected the way Rory beat him up and all those unsuccessful takedowns.

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Old 02-24-2014, 08:07 AM   #36
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He was spamming badly setup TDs, there is not way not to Gas when your doing that.

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Old 02-24-2014, 08:12 AM   #37
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Maia has always had questionable cardio. We just normally don't see it because he either subs his opponent or gets KOed before it becomes a factor. Someone SERIOUSLY thought Rory would gas 1st?!? That person should watch some past fights!

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Old 02-24-2014, 08:18 AM   #38
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That was tough to watch. It's rare we get to see such a dedicated and skilled specialist in the UFC given how long the sport has been developing; unfortunately this is to Demian's detriment in terms of climbing the rankings ladder. His BJJ is top notch (though he did get bested by Shields in that regard) but his ability to close the distance and bring the fight into his own world seems to be too easily negated by guys that do a good job of controlling distance. Since his striking is abysmal, especially apparent when put against a solid guy like Rory, if he can't get it down through pushing forward and shooting he's kinda fucked.

I really enjoy Maia fights and I always root for the guy. His bout with Shields was exactly the grappling chess match I hoped for and his first couple wins at 170 were as exciting as his first couple at 185. It just seems like he lacks the skillset and corresponding gas within that skillset to really bring his whole game together. He doesn't need to be a great striker; he does, however, need to be a threat with his hands to facilitate the TD against top notch competition like MacDonald.

I hope to see better from the guy, though at this point I expect a similar record of spectacular submissions and grapplefuckings mixed with standup beatdown losses to the better ranked guys. I'm glad we've got Demian to watch but I don't think he's got the skills to ever taste gold.

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Old 02-24-2014, 08:26 AM   #39
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You're fighting an uphill battle, TS. While anyone with a brain noticed that Maia gassed early, there seems to be a desire to get the Rory MacDonald nuthugging wagon going strong again.

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Old 02-24-2014, 08:41 AM   #40
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I think he got excited and shot his bolt on the ground in the first round trying for a finish

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