Fitch: Maia a ‘monster’, but I’ll overwhelm him

Friday, November 30, 2012

“It will be an interesting matchup,” Fitch told ESPN.com after verbally agreeing to the fight last week. “I haven’t created too much of a game plan but I think I’ll overwhelm him with everything that I bring to the table.

The bout will likely suffer from a lack of headlines leading up to UFC 156, in large part because the card, as it unofficially stacks up, is loaded. Then again, like the stone-grinding that follows Fitch from fight to fight, a weak spotlight is normal for him. While Maia isn’t a particularly powerful draw either, his recent conversion down to welterweight has revitalized the Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard’s prospects of fighting for a UFC championship

Maia looks every bit a serious, well-rounded mixed martial arts contender, and Fitch is the perfect guy to test that

“He’s really a monster at 170,” Fitch said. “I was surprised at how big he was down in Rio [at UFC 153].”

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