Maia: I hope to submit Fitch in the first minute

Thursday, January 31, 2013

“My dream is to take the fight down in the first minute and submit Fitch,” Maia said. “That’s my dream and I hope it comes true.”

If that happens, which would be unexpected even in light of his immense grappling ability, Maia would solidify his status as a top-five welterweight, and would appear a win (or two at the most) away from locking up a shot at the welterweight belt.

“The last time I didn’t realize how hard it was to get there, and how big it was,” Maia said. “If I get another chance [at fighting for a UFC belt], I understand what it means to be there.

“First, I need to win this fight.”

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