Despite cutting an large amount of weight within days of his fight against Demian Maia, Chris Weidman collected a win at UFC on FOX 2.
The win wasn’t pretty for Weidman, however, as both fighters looked exhausted as time went on.
Maia measured his opponent and looked to land his left hand, but it didn’t find its target in the first round. Weidman utilized punches while charging forward, controlling the majority of the opening frame. The takedown Weidman secured locked him in to win the round, 10-9.
Weidman continued his control of the fight in the second round, getting a takedown early then taking the center of the octagon after returning to the feet. Maia didn’t do much to establish an offense until late in the round, and Weidman got another takedown in the frame’s late moments.
Maia couldn’t score a takedown through the third round, and looked exhausted. Weidman, too, had his mouth open, gasping for air. Both fighters looked as though they had no energy headed into the end of the fight. The horn blew, signaling the end of the fight, but the crowd expressed their displeasure with boos due to the lack of action from the two tired competitors.
Judges saw Weidman taking the win by split decision with scores of 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.
With the win, Weidman remains undefeated at 8-0. In defeat, Maia drops to 15-4 and has lost two of his last three.