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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