Demian Maia vs Neil Magny by Joshboy

This fight will take place at ufc 190. It will take place at the HSBC arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will be contested in the 170 lb welterweight division.

 

Neil Magny is 27 years old and stands 6ft 3in tall and has a reach of 80 inches. He has a record of 15 wins and 3 losses and made his debut in 2010. He is a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Magny is coming into this fight off of a 7 fight win streak. Although any 7 fight winning streak in the ufc is impressive the wins have not come against the greatest of opposition. Not 1 of those 7 wins have come against anybody in the top 15 in the ufc rankings. Magny is ranked 13 in the world and he is a good fighter. He is very well rounded and is good everywhere but his main strength is his strength and cardio. He trains at elevation so his cardio is very good when fighting at sea level. He uses good movement and mixes angles in his footwork to make his height and reach give an effective striking game.. He isn't the most powerful striker though and has only 5 kos on his record out of 15 wins and those were more tko wins where he overwhelmed his opponent with strikes rather than having that 1 punch ko power. He has some serviceable wrestling but has been taken down and controlled in previous fights. He does go for take downs himself and when he does he usually gets them from the clinch where he uses his height and length as leverage. Once the fight hits the ground he has some good skills but it isn't his strongest area. In his last fight he fought Korean Hyun Gyu Lim. It was a tough fight for him and he was rocked with strikes in the first round by Lim and Lim nearly finished Magny but Magny showed good resilience and heart and survived the round. In the 2nd round Lim came out looking tired and Magny was able to finish him by tko.

 

Demian Maia is 37 years old and is 6ft tall and has a reach of 72 inches. He has a record of 20 wins with 6 losses and made his debut in 2001. Maia is a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Maia is also a well rounded figher and is ranked 6th in the world in the ufc. His main strength is his grappling. He has a fantastic pedigree in bjj and grappling. He is a multiple time world champion in bjj and he converts this skill over to mma very well. Maia has 9 submission wins out of his 20 wins. He also has great wrestling, especially since he has dropped in weight from the middleweight division to welterweight. He defends take downs well and takes down almost all of his opponents. Once he gets them on the ground he keeps them down and controls them very well. These days he rarely goes for anything too risky which may allow his opponent back to their feet. He does go for submissions but he is very good at keeping position before going for a submission. His guard passing is also very strong and he passes most opponents guard when on the ground. On feet he has improved his striking well over the years but he is a much better grappler and he uses his striking more to set up the takedowns. In his last fight maia dominated a state wreslting champion and undefeated prospect Ryan Laflare. He took the wrestler down at will and passed his guard easily and controlled him on the ground until the last round where maia was visibly tired. That fight was a 5 round main event fight though and this is only a 3 round fight so cardio shouldn't be a problem.

 

I see Maia doing exactly what he done to Laflare to Magny here. He isn't going to want to stand with him and he will come out and shoot for the takedown. I think he will drag magny down. He has taken down and controlled or submitted much better grapplers than Magny before. He has done it to Laflare, Ricky story and Jon fitch all of which were college wrestlers and maia beat them at their own game so I don't see Magny stopping it. Even if maia cant take him down I think he can hang on the feet with Magny where as if Maia gets Magny down I think Maia is a different level grappler and will co

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Demian Maia Pinnacle 1.63 10 Maia won WON (+6.3 units)
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