Maia 'out-Fitches' Jon Fitch, grinds way to decision win

February 2, 2013

The UFC welterweight division has a new contender, Demian Maia. The Brazilian grappling specialist notched arguably the most significant victory of his career at UFC 156, stifling longtime divisional star Jon Fitch en route to a unanimous decision win.

All three judges scored it 30-27 for Maia.

The surprise was not necessarily that Maia won, it was how he did it, taking Fitch down repeatedly, earning seven takedowns overall in the three-round bout. That kept Fitch on the defensive and never let him get off his offense. For example, in the first round, Maia landed 34 strikes to Fitch's six.

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Jon Fitch Vs. Demian Maia
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Name Jon Fitch Jon Fitch
Height 6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)
Weight 186 (84.37 kg)
Record 23-4-1
Team American Kickboxing Academy
VS
Name Demian Maia Demian Maia
Height 6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)
Weight 195 (88.45 kg)
Record 16-4-0
Team  
 
 
 
 
 
-Demian Maia defeated Jon Fitch by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)