I really like Maia. As a man pushing 40 here, it’s always inspirational to see older fighters like Maia still fighting at a high level. That said, his apparent fight strategies are starting to confuse me. Well, they aren’t that confusing in that he has become so painfully predictable. His fights go exactly the way you know they will. But like last night there were several things he didn’t try and given that nothing else was working....WHY NOT?! He threw almost no kicks. Why not? You’re clearly not scared of being taken down. In fact by mid-fight you’re praying the guy takes you down, so spam him with kicks! In fact throw some temptingly slow ones to the body that a wrestler can hardly avoid the reflex of scoring a quick takedown. Yes, you need to fear counter strikes, but Usman isn’t a KO guy, and there is the ol’ tried and true “keep your hands up.” Also, every time he got forced to the edge of the cage, he literally ran so he could get back to the center. WHY?!! Yes, the center is a great place to do striking (Clearly not an important part of Maia’s game plan). It’s a great place to start a chain takedown attempt (by round 3 you gotta realize that’s not working for you). And yes, if you are a bjj Guy, when it gets to the ground, you want to be away from the fence, but it has to GET TO THE GROUND! And since you clearly can’t do it by reaching for double legs in the center of the ring, then stop running there!! But maybe you can lull your opponent into some clinching against the cage! Maia’s team needs to either refuse any more offers of wrestlers or have him try ANYTHING NEW!!