I haven't seen a single thread on search function acknowledging Demian Maia's fight this saturday in Brazil. Nothing's been said about his match up with Russian newcomer.. uhhh whatever the guys name is... yakovlev? No offense to him What gives? Is everyone writing him off as a contender @ 170? I remember while he was on his streak people were hyped about his weight cut but ever since that loss against Rory, NOTHING. His stock rose in my books after that fight. Maia was beating Rory up pretty good and even mounted him in the 1st round. He kept it pretty competitive all throughout 3 rounds and really kept pushing forward even after getting stuffed and countered. He even let his hands go in a fight with someone as dangerous as Rory. If anyone out there has any information on his opponent, feel free to chime in on your opinion on how they stack up. Note: Both Maia and Yakovlev are both southpaws apparently. That always makes for an interesting battle on the feet but I'm sure Maia will look to seize the back at some point. I'm wondering if Maia will have trouble on his entry when trying to change levels.