Round 1: They touch gloves and Maia immediately dives for a takedown. He does. He takes Fitch’s back. Fitch stands, but Maia is on his back. Maia lands short right hands. Maia has a body triangle applied. He works for a rear naked choke. Fitch defends it. Maia stays on Fitch’s back. He works for a rear naked choke. Fitch peels it off. Maia lets go of the body triangle and gets off Fitch’s back. He trips Fitch to the canvas. Fitch stands. Maia drags Fitch back to the canvas. Maia delivers knees to the body. Maia delivers hammer fists to the side of Fitch’s head. Maia applies a body triangle. He’s had Fitch’s back the entire round. Maia delivers left hands to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Maia.
Round 2: Fitch lands a kick to the body. Fitch lands an outside leg kick. Maia lands a left hand. Maia drops for a single leg takedown and gets it. Fitch scrambles back to his feet. Fitch lands a counter right. Maia ties him up and drags him to the ground. Maia takes Fitch’s back and puts in both hooks. Maia works for a rear naked choke. Fitch defends it. Maia softens him up with right hands. Maia applies the rear naked choke. Fitch fights it off. Maia has Fitch in a body triangle. Maia is controlling Fitch. Maia lands short left hands. Fitch throwing punches behind his had, trying to hit Maia. Maia works for the choke. The bell sounds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Maia.
Round 3: Fitch’s corner tells him to go for broke this round. Fitch throws a high kick and Maia grabs him and works to get the fight to the ground. He presses Fitch against the cage. Maia takes Fitch’s back. He sinks in both hooks. This is how the entire fight has played out. Fitch stands and they separate. Maia immediately closes the distance and works for a single leg takedown. Fitch applies a guillotine choke. Maia drops to his back to defend it. He does, but Fitch has top position and lands a right hand. Fitch delivers hooks to the body of Maia. Maia scrambles back to his feet. He presses Fitch against the cage. Two minutes remain in the round. Fitch fights off the takedown and they separate. Maia drops for a single leg takedown and gets it. Maia takes Fitch’s back and here we go again. Maia lands short shots. Fitch fires back. Maia advances to the mount position at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Maia.
All three judges scored the fight 30-27 for Maia by unanimous decision.