Shields earns lackluster split decision over Maia in main event


The main event of the Ultimate Fight 29 in Brazil featured a welterweight battle between submission specialists Jake Shields and Demian Maia.

If there was talk of jiu-jitsu world champion Demian Maia potentially being in line for a UFC title shot at welterweight, those discussions ended Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night 29 in Sao Paulo, Brazil as Jake Shields defeated Maia by split decision in a highly-competitive main event.

The loss is Maia's first since dropping down from middleweight.

Within seconds of the first round beginning, Maia shot in for a takedown, which didn't work at first, but eventually resulted in a trip takedown. Shields was able to stand, which resulted in another takedown for Maia, but that, too, wouldn't last. In a jockeying exchange along the fence, Maia was able to take Shields' back. Yet, Shields swung him over and ended up on top where he attempted to pass for the rest of the round without success. The American was able to land elbows as the round ended.

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Jake Shields Vs. Demian Maia
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5)
Name Jake Shields <a href=Jake Shields" />
Height 5′ 11″ (180.34 cm)
Weight 180 (81.65 kg)
Record 28-6-1
Team Cesar Gracie
Name Demian Maia <a href=Demian Maia" />
Height 6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)
Weight 195 (88.45 kg)
Record 17-4-0
--Jake Shields defeated Demian Maia by Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)


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KOdClowning site profile image  

10/11/13 1:35 PM by KOdClowning

fitch is in that guillotine for 5 minutes , WoW!!! Fitch is ALMOST unsubmitable, just like Rampage and Benderson. Tough year for all those guys, huh?

Scrapp_Happy_Mays site profile image  

10/11/13 9:49 AM by Scrapp_Happy_Mays

Every Jake Shields win is "LACKLUSTER"!

DirtyLickinsBrah site profile image  

10/10/13 8:03 PM by DirtyLickinsBrah

The thing is, maia was the one getting the TDs....if maia decided to play safe...he could have LnP shield the whole night.Maia could have easily cruised to a boring decision.Jakes stand up was terrible as usual and his td attempts were pretty bad.I think its bad for mma to give these guys credit for just laying on other fighters.Any exciting part of this fight should be credited to maia for at least trying to fight....jakes only plan was to get a td and lay there.

JStrongMMA site profile image  

10/10/13 2:25 PM by JStrongMMA

You should have heard the Sherdog radio beatdown after the bell show. They ragged on the main event and called it lackluster, boring etc. They didnt seem to like the main card in general. I turned it off because I was getting pissed. I thought the card was pretty good given that it was a UFC FN in Brazil.

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10/10/13 2:20 PM by KingofBJJ

Lackluster?  Only if you are a dull witted ape.  That was an excellent showing of Jiu Jitsu mastery by Shields.  He practically made all of Maia's 20 or 30 blackbelt or grappling championships practically worthless. If Shields fought like that against GSP and Ellenberger he would be defending his championship belt a third time.

kingkoopa site profile image  

10/10/13 2:13 PM by kingkoopa

Not in rnds 3 4 5

Another Foob site profile image  

10/10/13 1:43 PM by Another Foob

I really enjoyed the fight. I agreed with the decision, but it was so hard to score that I would have had no complaint if it went the other way.I'm also not surprised that a lot of people were bored. But, I just thought it was really cool to see such similar styles clash - even if they almost completely nullified each other.

Shinsei78 site profile image  

10/10/13 11:25 AM by Shinsei78

Great ground battle. I for one really enjoyed it and the right man definitely won. Enough said.

leifdawg site profile image  

10/10/13 10:01 AM by leifdawg

Agreed. Fitch's wrestling is over rated. He's tenaious and he commits to takedowns and for most of his career he was a the bigger fighter. However BJ laid down the blueprint and Fitch hasn't' been the same since. If you go after him his defensive wrestling is mediocre at best.

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10/10/13 9:53 AM by leifdawg

Regardless who won the fight, I learned what I already suspected, Maia would get destroyed by GSP.