Demian Maia found his way at home in Brazil.
He was his same old self in what was functionally a shut-out of Ryan LaFlare. The New Yorker was decked and dominated over the first three rounds, and the victim of a much further developed grappler until the fifth, where he was able to land some hard right hands and crisp leg kicks. Maia was too tired to formulate an effective takedown, and was docked a point for repeatedly flopping to his guard. It didn’t matter, as he made it to the final bell, and won 48-46 across the board.
Upon Bruce Buffer’s announcement of the decision, Maia was met with a flurry of boos and cheers. No matter the noise, the Brazilian did his job on this night. LaFlare ended the fight with only minor superficial damage, but looked like a man who had just suffered his first career defeat. LaFlare, #14, probably didn’t hinder his stock too much in his first career loss. He is now 4-1 in the UFC.
On the other hand, Maia, #7, remains amongst the best in his division. He has tended to struggle at the highest level, but Maia’s smothering style isn’t an easy night for anyone at 170lbs. He improves to 20-6, with 14 UFC wins.
As we are speaking of Welterweights, Erick Silva is one of them. He has taken some defeats in his career, and has been forced to reevaluate himself a few times. Unfortunately, for fans of The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 participant, Josh Koscheck, he will be the one forced to reconsider his MMA comeback after suffering his second straight loss in under a month.
Silva and Koscheck engaged in some vicious striking early on. That wasn’t part of the game-plan for the 37-year-old, a fighter with a strong wrestling background. He’s been taken the rounds, and “Indio” struggles when made to go beyond the fife minute mark (0-3 in UFC fights over 5 minutes; 5-1 inside the first round).
Koscheck wouldn’t be able to test Silva’s endurance. After falling prey to the 30-year-old’s best punches, Koscheck fell in for a poorly-constructed takedown attempt. Koscheck left his neck exposed, and disaster was imminent. He suffered his fifth straight loss as Silva latched on the guillotine at 4:21 into round one.
More quick results from Rio De Janeiro:
Lightweights: Leonardo Santos SUB 2 Tony Martin (Rear-Naked Choke)
Women’s Bantamweights: Amanda Nunes TKO 1 Shayna Baszler (Leg Kick)
Lightweights: Gilbert Burns SUB 3 Alex Oliviera (Armbar)
Featherweights: Godofredo Castro SUB 1 Andre Fili (Triangle Choke)
Lightweights: Francisco Trinaldo UD 3 Akbarh Arreola (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweights: Edimilson Souza KO 1 Katsunori Kikuno (Punch)