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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