Demain Maia started his professional career on an 11-fight winning streak. He has since gone down a bumpy road, alternating wins and losses in his last four bouts… that is, prior to Saturday night.
At “The Ultimate Fighter Season 12” finale, Maia made it two-straight wins, taking Hawaiin Kendall Grove the distance in earning a unanimous decision victory.
Known as one of the premier submission specialists in mixed martial arts, Maia, since losing to Nate Marquardt at UFC 102, has grown by leaps and bounds in the striking department. He wasn’t able to be as effective on his feet as he would have likes at the TUF 12 finale, however.
Giving up six inches in height to Grove, Maia tested the striking waters early, but soon realized that Grove’s reach advantage and striking prowess wasn’t an area that he wanted to stay in for long. He shifted gears and spent the majority of rest of the fight taking Grove down and alternating between ground and pound attacks and submission attempts.
Maia wasn’t able to put Grove away, but he did easily control the majority of the bout, earning 29-28 scores across the board.
The win was his second consecutive since failing in his attempt to wrest the belt from the waist of current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 112 in April.