Originally Posted by rivethead
Isn't that what people said about Erik Silva?
Id say silva's stand up is better than fitch's, though. Plus, Fitch was a HUGE step up in comp for the guy. Maia has fought alot tougher competition and has been looking beastly at 170.
Maia is also used to the grappling paced style of fight. Look at how fine he looks in his fight with Macdonald (which was a 3 rd grappling affair) opposed to how he looks at the end of the Weidman and Silva fights. I like this style of fight for Demian.
It will be a great fight. Two guys who fought great in their last fights and fought quite similar as one another...but I like Maia because I think he has better striking and can do more from the top and bottom position. Fitch might be able to dictate the control of the fight a little more, but I think Maia's complete game everywhere the fight goes will allow him to do the things he needs to do when the chances arise. If Maia gets Fitch in the position Silva had him in I don't see him getting out.