Shields wants to beat Maia at his own game
Demian Maia is considered by most to be the best jiu-jitsu player in the UFC’s welterweight division, but if Jakes Shields has anything to say, it will be him after their fight on Wednesday:
“He’s not really complex and he doesn’t do crazy stuff,” Shields said. “What he does, though, he does so well and so perfect. I’ve been watching videos of his fights and paying attention to the details, and it’s just the details. You make one mistake and he gets something. … He has the same moves, but he does them perfectly.”
So Shields will try to get Maia down and then find a way to submit arguably the finest jiu-jitsu fighter in the UFC, knowing that one false move could lead to a Maia victory.
Part of Shields’ interest in going to the ground with Maia is just that, knowing that he’s wading into a danger zone. It will keep him more alert and allow him to fight with a heightened awareness that in turn will make him better.