Is Maia/Shields the highest level grappling fight we've seen so far in MMA?

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  1. SaintSoldier

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    I can't think of any better examples.
     
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    Palhaurus/shields is up there
     
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    Newton vs Sakuraba is one of my favorites.
     
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    i only saw the finish... was the grappling actually competitive? i should probably watch it.
     
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    Palhares vs Belcher was a great one.
     
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    Palhares showed eye poking technique that would make Jones give up cocaine.
     
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    Grappling classic. I have this on dvd, gonna watch it now.
     
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    I swear this same thread with the same exact title has been done before.

    I think yes is the answer though. And Maia got the better of the overall grappling. He had better takedowns, took the back more than once, and pretty much didn't have his own guard passed.

    Not even getting into the mma scoring controversy, but it is hard to argue that Maia didn't grapple slightly better.
     
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    Even though Maia started dominating after the first round, Maia vs Nelson was extremely technical and an absolute joy to watch.
     
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    Saku vs Newton
     
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    Aoki Vs Ribiero & Aoki Vs Kitaoka were good as well
     
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    Maia vs. MacDonald was good.
     
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    Mir and big nog anyone?
     
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    The two best grapples in mma right now are Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.
     
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    derrick black beast lewis vs ruan potts is the pinnacle of grappling battles
     

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