Maia had some of the best wrestling out of any BJJ player in MMA (gif heavy)

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  1. fortheo

    fortheo Gold Belt

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    Recent shortcomings aside, I think people should remember that Maia truly helped advance the game for BJJ players in MMA by being one of the only true BJJ guys to improve his wrestling so that he could truly utilize his skillset. Yes, he's 40 now and just faced 3 of the best wrestlers in the division back to back to back (2 of them with short notice camps) and he didn't get his takedowns, but let's not forget that this guy helped pave the ways for future BJJ players/ grapplers in this sport.












     
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    Respect!, but most fans want to see a blood bath.
     
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    I've got no problem with Maia or "boring" fights. I find tense fights without a lot of action to be interesting. It takes all types of fights to make MMA. If every fight was a toe to toe slugfest the fickled fans would just get tired of that and beg for a wrestler to grapplefuck someone occasionally

    Maia, specifically in his prime, was a fun puzzle to see top flight fighters have to solve.
     
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    BJJ_Rage Gold Belt

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    totally, watching his fight vs ryan laflare was a thing of beuty.... you can also tell how age has taken a tool on him, his doubles were much more explosive...

    Not being able to take down twood colby usman and weidman doesnt mean his wrestling isnt top notch, it means hes just human.
     
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    Maia is the man. A great representative of the sport.
     
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    The Rory and Fitch ones were beautiful
     
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    LouisBolanos Popcorn tastes good

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    LOL. Check this shit out: http://www.fightmetric.com/fighter-details/427b5953ac8e3a27

    Maia fought 6 All-American wrasslers in UFC. Here is his TD record against them:

    Chael Sonnen: 1/4 TDs - WIN by triangle choke
    Mark Munoz: 0/7 TDs - LOSS by UD
    Chris Weidman: 0/7 TDs - LOSS by UD
    Tyron Woodley: 0/21 TDs - LOSS by UD
    Colby Covington: 0/13 TD - LOSS by UD
    Kamaru Usman: 0/15 TDs - LOSS by UD

    All in all, he got 1 TD out of 67 TD attempts against All American wrasslers. This has to be some kind of record.

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    Good thing I said he had the best wrestling out of BJJ players. I didn't say he had the best wrestling in the division. Shields and fitch were All american wrestlers as well, and he took fitch down 7 times and Shields down three times. Go build your bald strawmen elsewhere and attack it with transplants.
     
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    BJJ_Rage Gold Belt

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    how many times has those guys been taking down?
     
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    <<Shields and fitch were All american wrestlers as well, and he took both of them down multiple times.>>


    not Fitch
     
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    Old school, throw-back representative.

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    True Gentleman, and Neat guy.
     
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    The guy is a true class act, and has only been finished once in his whole career 35 fights, , and that was in 2009 his first ufc fight at UFC 77 in 2007! He has fought alot of the top guys during that time. He has a good single leg.
     
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    My bad, still has nothing to do with the premise of my thread.
     
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    LOL no. Shields was a junior college wrasslter and Fitch's collegiate wrassling record was dog shit, he lost more matches than he won. 1 for 67 against All Americans is laughable.
     
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    A true BJJ specialist. Respect to him for never giving up his craft.
     
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    Still nothing to do with the premise of my thread. Please tell me when I said he had better wrestling than all american wrestlers. IF I didn't say that—which I didn't—then you're arguing with yourself.
     
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    Luke Rockhold, BJJ practitioner, took Weidman down 2/4 times in their fight. Rockhold couldn't even make it at the local community college wrestling team. That's just one example.
     
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    See my post above. BJJ practitioner Luke Rockhold took Weidman down 2/4 times. In other words, Rockhold landed DOUBLE the number of TDs against All American wrasslers in 4 attempts compared to Maia's in SIXTY SEVEN. If you're going to talk about Maia having some of the best TDs among BJJ players there better be some stats to back it up. The statistics of him vs. people who actually know how to defend TDs show the exact opposite picture.
     
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    The guy is 40 years old so that shouldn’t reflect his overall skill going up against high level wrestlers.

    I actually think he matches up great with wrestlers because of that ridiculously good half-guard sweep he uses. Pure skill man, any fighter wishes they could do what Maia does when in that position.
     
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