Demian Maia vs. Kendall Grove
Round 1: Kendall opens trying to establish his range with a few jabs and pressuring footwork. Grove tags Maia on the side of his head with a nice left hook. Grove with more jabs and combos to keep Maia at bay. Maia is already red around the face as another straight right stuns Maia. Maia earns a takedown amid a scramble and is working to pass. In the scramble Grove is able to stand up briefly but is taken back down rather quickly as Maia holds his back. Grove posts and they are back standing. Maia shoots in for a single-leg and whips Grove to the ground. Maia passes and is now in full mount and is raining down punches to the side of Grove’s head. Grove bucks Maia back to half guard. Maia postures and looks to pass but with no luck. The round ends with Maia in control, landing punches from the ground. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Maia.
Round 2: A wild left hook by Maia just misses. It seems that Grove is more tentative this round, obviously worried about the takedown from Maia. Maia shoots and Grove sprawls. In the ensuing scramble Maia lands a few peppering shots that eventually set up a single-leg by Maia, and he is successful. Maia is now in Grove’s half guard and is working the body with punches, looking to pass. Maia goes to pass but gives up position as a scramble ensues. Maia shoots again and is stood up by Grove — they are now pressed against the cage with Maia pummeling. Maia earns a takedown from the pummel against the cage and is in Grove’s guard. Maia postures and is looking to pass but Kendall does a solid job of snatching Maia’s head and bringing him into his guard. Maia shrugs Grove to the side and now has Grove’s back with one hook in. Grove is working wrist control with his chin tucked and is doing a good job of not letting Maia get his second hook in. The horn sounds with Maia on the back of Grove. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Maia.
Round 3: Maia opens with a left hook that slaps Grove upside the head. While Grove pressures Maia is just looking for his opportunity to shoot. Maia wings a wild right that misses, and Grove counters with a slick straight right that connects right down the pipe. Another straight right by Kendall rocks Maia a bit as he steps back. A straight left by Maia tags Grove on the cheek and sends a crack through the Pearl room. Both fighters exchange glancing blows, Grove from the outside, Maia on the inside. Maia shoots on Grove for a single leg but Kendall does a good job of keeping a solid base and sprawling. Elbows to the head by Grove as Maia hangs onto the leg as the round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 for Grove, but the fight 29-28, for Maia.
Demian Maia def. Kendall Grove by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3