Maia currently has one of the most impressive runs going in MMA, as the galaxy class grappler has won six in a row, and he’s defeated several top contenders during that time. Case in point, the 39 year-old is coming off wins over Neil Magny, Carlos Condit, Matt Brown, Gunnar Nelson and Ryan LaFlare, all of whom, are top 15 ranked welterweights.
As a result of the streak, Maia was expected to fight for the title next, but then he was booked to fight Jorge Masvidal on May 13th. Recently GSP was a guest on “The MMA Hour”, and the former champ had this to say about the welterweight title picture, and Mr. Maia (quote via MMA Fighting):
“There’s a guy in the welterweight division I see, to me, that if I have to make a prediction, I believe he will be the champion,” St-Pierre said. “I don’t like to see past things, but I think as he is right now, Demian Maia is very, very skilled.
“I see him as a very big threat right now for the title. I think he’s going to win over (Jorge) Masvidal, and I think he’s going to win over (Tyron) Woodley if he fights him. He’s older and he’s in his prime right now. I think he reached his perfect timing between physical, mental, and his game. I think he’s just so good at what he does. He’s like a blade of a katana. I think his blade is very sharp, it’s perfectly polished. He’s going to be very hard to stop right now.”
How about that? Now, the consensus seems to be that Maia has a pretty good chance of getting past Masvidal, even though the later is ridiculously tough and well rounded. The speculation being that Masvidal may not be able to keep the fight standing. But, taking down Woodley, a former NCAA Division 1 wrestler, will be tough.