Maia: 'I'm completely focused on Grove'

by Mike Hatamoto | source:

MMAHQ recently caught up with Maia to discuss his training, BJJ use in MMA and the upcoming fight against Grove.

“This is a good opponent with well-rounded MMA game,” Maia told MMAHQ during the interview.

Grove has long arms and legs, which Maia believes will pose a problem both on the feet and on the ground, but the Brazilian has worked specifically to neutralize any threats.

“I trained with some guys with his height and length,” Maia noted when discussing the matchup ,” you never know until you get in there. I did my homework and I got to spar with some guys his size and will be ready.”

Maia has worked to improve his striking and wrestling along with further committing to his elite BJJ leading up to the Grove fight. However, Kendall should look to control the distance and use his striking, with minimal kicks, to help prevent Maia from getting inside for an easier take down. Maia isn’t sure what to expect, but has worked dilligently in all elements in preparation.

“I don’t really know his game plan. I think he’ll try to avoid to fight from the bottom. If he takes me down, he’ll try to ground and pound and submit. He has good BJJ and I don’t think he’ll be afraid to go on the ground.”

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tags: Demian Maia (detail)  Kendall Grove (detail)  UFC   TUF   


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NorthFromHere site profile image  

12/6/10 6:33 AM by NorthFromHere

Maia's wrestling looked awesome.

inf0 site profile image  

12/5/10 2:26 AM by inf0


anunaki site profile image  

12/2/10 2:02 PM by anunaki

lol at anyone who thinks kendall stands no chance...hes fighting demian maia, not anderson silva!Grove can win this if he controls the distance and stays off the cage.If maia shoots a dub he needs to be ready with the knees.He CAN win this fight, not saying he will, but saying he has no chance is absurd.

goggs2009 site profile image  

12/2/10 12:09 PM by goggs2009

Grove is 3/1 outsider so place you bets he will tko Maia

kungfugrip site profile image  

12/2/10 12:06 PM by kungfugrip

expect and hope maia, but would be shocked if Groves wins by ko

Randomus site profile image  

12/2/10 12:06 PM by Randomus

Should be a good fight. Curious to see how his striking has advanced, even if he's looking to take this fight to the mat as soon as possible.Thanks again to Demian for answering my questions during a hectic day. He had to call me back because he was preparing for some UFC pre-fight media coverage, and was very apologetic about the scheduling issue.

Kostakio site profile image  

12/2/10 9:47 AM by Kostakio

I'm going to assume Grove gets cut if he loses.

inf0 site profile image  

12/2/10 9:41 AM by inf0

lol @ the thought of Maia losing to Grove...

steverowbotham site profile image  

12/2/10 9:23 AM by steverowbotham

I'm picking Grove as the darkhorse on Saturday. I think he has the ability to win this fight