Now that Demian Maia has recorded his seventh straight victory, it seems all but certain that he’ll take on the welterweight champ, Tyron Woodley . So how does the galaxy class grappler see that fight playing out?
Maia took on Jorge Masvidal last night at UFC 211, and although he was able to score several take downs, he couldn’t secure a fight ending submission. Masvidal inflicted more damage in the bout, but ultimately, two judges believed Maia’s takedowns and control won him the fight.
After Maia was announced as the winner, he called on Dana White for a title shot. According to Maia, White’s answer was yes. So, not surprisingly, at the post-fight presser, Maia was asked for his take on how a bout with Woodley will unfold (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I saw some things in Tyron’s game I can capitalize on, which I’m not going to say right now,” Maia said. “I know the gaps that he has, but he’s pretty dangerous. His hands are heavy, he’s short so it’s probably hard to take down a good wrestler. So it’s a very, very hard matchup for me but once I get there’s it’s 50-50. I know that.
“I’ve been in this division for 12 fights. I’ve won 10 fights, and almost all of those fights have been against top-15 and top-10 competitors. I know my level and I know I can win against anyone in this division.”
On paper, Woodley certainly appears like a very, very tough match-up for Maia. After all, the champion is an accomplished, collegiate wrestler, and has ridiculously heavy hands. So will Maia be able to put his grappling game in motion? We shall see.