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  • 02-04-2013, 10:50 PM
    Pretty crazy that Fitch could do nothing to stop the takedowns. I've always felt Fitch was pretty overrated, but for him to get totally outclassed at his own game was very impressive. Can anyone stop Maia's grappling at 170? People are counting him out against GSP already, may be the case. Closing the distance is very hard, and Maia gets his takedowns from the clinch mostly.
  • 02-04-2013, 10:26 PM
    I think Maia did a great job on saturday, and for sure another win would line him up solidly as a contender. I dont think he does well against GSP though. GSPs top game is too strong for maia to work off his back Id think, and GSP is notoriously tough to take down.. If Maia could pull off a sweep though, things could get interesting.
  • 02-04-2013, 10:22 PM
    Let him fight the winner of Macdonald/Condit.
  • 02-04-2013, 07:20 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Qball1974 View Post
    Alot of good fights in GSP's future was funny to see Fitch get mad as he got Fitched!! lol
    It was yeah, and it was funny that Joe called him on it haha

    Ridiculously impressive fight from Maia, he's a legit contender at WW, I think he gives a lot of guys trouble
  • 02-04-2013, 07:02 PM
    Alot of good fights in GSP's future was funny to see Fitch get mad as he got Fitched!! lol
  • 02-04-2013, 07:01 PM
    Dr. MMA
    #1 contendor - Winner of Hendricks/Ellenberger (or maybe only Hendricks if he wins)
    #2 contendor - Maia vs winner of MacDonald/Condit

    Timing wise all of this could work.

    Things could get quite interesting if Hendricks loses and MacDonald wins next month (which is what I think will happen). Who faces GSP next then?
  • 02-04-2013, 06:51 PM
    I think he definitely needs the winner of Condit v McDonald, and with a win over one of those 2 he should get a shot.

    In terms of posing a threat to GSP, I think that's hard to say. I can see GSP avoiding the ground game all together and out-striking him for 5 rounds. That being said though I think he poses one of the biggest threats in the division, in the sense that he has a bigger chance of landing a sub then I think Hendricks of landing a KO.
  • 02-04-2013, 06:50 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Sakara=Excitement View Post are comparing what Maia did to Fitch (take him down...take his minimal damage....and not coming close to finishing him) to GSP?
    i dont think he was comparing the style in which he got dominated, just that he got dominated.
  • 02-04-2013, 06:49 PM
    Maia is a legit contender at 170. If he can take down Fitch that easily he can probably take down anyone in the division, with the possible exception of GSP. While he didn't show much striking against Fitch, it has also looked a lot better in recent fights.

    Why not match Maia up with Woodley? They're both coming off huge wins & the scheduling would work out well. Whoever wins that fight would probably deserve a #1 contender shot after that.

    On a personal note, I'm thrilled to see Fitch continue to lose after demanding a title shot even though he got smoked by GSP and never showed any measurable improvement in subsequent fights. He never deserved a rematch, took rounds off against lesser opponents, refused to take risks to finish fights, & had generally boring style. Now he's irrelevant. Good riddance.
  • 02-04-2013, 06:41 PM
    GL Jeff
    Why does Maia want to get his face jabbed off by GSP?
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