Colby Covington asked for a fight against Demian Maia, and promised to retire the MMA veteran. On Saturday night in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he got what he wished for and ended up winning the via unanimous decision.
What was the high point of the fight?
The first round of the fight showed a rare side of Maia, throwing more punches instead of shooting for takedowns. The hometown favorite was landing his left-hand shots, which even opened up a cut above Covington’s right eye.
Maia could have thrown the most strikes in his entire career during that first round, and it became evident through the fatigue he showed in the next rounds. Covington began mixing up his punches with leg kicks and constantly stuffed Maia’s single leg takedown attempts.
Where do these two go from here?
At 39 years of age, Demian Maia may need to re-think his fighting future. Through his 16-year professional career, he has had his share of wars against the most formidable opponents. He may still be able to compete at a high level, but he may have to let go of his championship aspirations.
Covington called out current champion Tyron Woodley during his Octagon interview, right after trashing the entire Sao Paulo crowd in the arena. He may first need to deal with one of his contemporaries who are higher up in the rankings, but I personally won’t be surprised if the UFC gave him the title shot.
Watch it now, later or never?
Just for the rare striking exchange between two decorated grapplers in the first round, this fight is a must-watch.
DEMIAN MAIA IS A STRIKER!!!#UFCSP pic.twitter.com/ECoBwlPOcb
— UFC (@ufc) October 29, 2017
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