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The last time Demian Maia had four-ounce gloves on in Vancouver back in June of 2011, it was not a night to remember, as the Sao Paulo native lost a three-round unanimous decision to Mark Munoz. At the time, Maia was 14 months removed from his title fight loss to Anderson Silva, and he would still fight twice more at 185 pounds before moving to the welterweight division. But before he became one of the top 170-pounders in the world and the headliner of this Saturday’s card in British Columbia against Carlos Condit, he had growing to do. So it’s not surprising that the eternally opt … Read the Full Article Here

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When Carlos Condit and Demian Maia square off Saturday at UFC on Fox 21, it’s entirely possible a welterweight title shot will hang in the balance.

That makes sense. Maia (23-6) has more degrees on his black belt than most professors have on their office walls. A career resurgence put the 38-year-old grappling legend on a five-fight win streak entering this contest.

Condit (30-9) is 1-2 over the past couple of years. But hold the phone. One of those losses happened because of a freak injury suffered against future champ Tyron Woodley in 2014. The other came to then-champ Robbie Lawler early this year in a close-as-can-be affair most believe will be Fight of the Year when 2016 shuffles off stage.

These are two great fighters who appear to be at the tops of their games. No surprise, then, that Odds Shark had the bout even as of Wednesday morning.

With a bout this close, every tiny thing plays a role. So what are the key factors? The striking of Condit versus the grappling of Maia? The six-year age difference between the two? 

Nope. The key lies in the calendar.

The UFC scheduling calendar, to be exact. As fans may recall, Condit-Maia was originally set to appear on last Saturday’s UFC 202 card. But just more than a month ago, UFC brass moved the fight to the top of UFC on Fox 21. 

No big deal until you remember that every UFC main event is five rounds. This scheduling change extended this fight from three rounds to five, adding 10 minutes of potential runway to this matchup. 

In 23 UFC fights, Maia—who, again, is 38 years old—has entered the “championship” round on three occasions and has a 1-2 record on said occasions. He has done it only once in the past three years.

The 32-year-old Condit has competed past the third round five times in his pro career, most recently earlier this year in that epic with Lawler. Most observers had Lawler taking the final round, with Condit grabbing Round 4. Despite that, Condit was the fresher man at the end, with a wild finish almost stealing the final round and the belt. 

“Condit fought back like no one else could,” wrote Bloody Elbow’s Connor Ruebusch of the bout’s final moments. “Somehow he stayed on his feet, eating punch after punch but refusing to go down. Still not recovered, he came after Lawler with combinations as the exhausted champion checked the clock, wondering how a minute-and-a-half could feel so long.”

Bottom line: Condit is known for waging five-round battles and having the cardio to do it. Maia? Less so. Although the Brazilian’s ground skills are not in dispute, he is not a black belt in the ways of endurance.

You know who knows all this? One Carlos Condit. He knows a five-round fight is a big check mark in the Condit column.

“I feel like it gives me more opportunity to do what I need to do in this fight,” Condit said recently on Toe-2-Toe with Brian Stann (h/t MMA Fighting). “Which is create openings to implement my game against a very tough guy to fight.”

Condit‘s game is famous for its razor-sharp, take-no-prisoners punch-kick combinations. But there’s so much more refinement to it than that. He’s no slouch on the ground, but in cases where he has a distinct disadvantage there, Condit can work behind his jab for a stick-and-move effect (perfect for facing Maia, who is decent but chopping and slow as a striker).

Keep off the ground, stay on your bicycle and make Maia catch you. That tires Maia out and increases the likelihood of a long-running bout. Both of those just might skew a close bout in favor of Condit.

Scott Harris writes about MMA for Bleacher Report. For more, follow Scott on Twitter

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Think you know how the next fight card will play out? Play UFC Pick ‘EmWhen the UFC returns to Vancouver this weekend, the welterweight division will take the spotlight as Demian Maia looks to cement a title shot when he faces former interim champion Carlos Condit in the main event. Maia is currently riding a five-fight win streak, including victories over Gunnar Nelson and Matt Brown, but he’ll have a tough test ahead of him on Saturday when he takes on one of the most vicious finishers in the sport in Condit. In the co-main event, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis makes his debut at … Read the Full Article Here

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More fights are coming to Fight Pass and FOX this weekend (Sat., Aug. 27, 2016) when UFC on FOX 21: “Condit vs. Maia” storms Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.’s Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC on FOX 21 “Prelims” party with the second (and final) installment of a two-part under-card preview series.

One more time … After a heartbreaking split decision loss to Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 195 earlier this year, Carlos Condit is out to prove he deserves another 170-pound title shot when he takes on the surging Demian Maia this Saturday night (Aug. 27, 2016) in the main event of UFC on FOX 21, which takes place inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

That’s not the only attraction the Great White North has to offer, however — Former Lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, will make his Featherweight debut against Charles Oliveira. In addition, Paige VanZant vs. Bec Rawlings and Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon 2, among other fun fights, are all on tap for primetime television exposure.

The four main card fights on FOX will be joined on by four “Prelims” undercard matches, which will also air on FOX right after the online portion wraps on Fight Pass. Let’s dive into the guts below:

185 lbs.: Sam Alvey vs. Kevin Casey

After smashing his way into flirting with Middleweight contenders status thanks to three consecutive first-round knockouts, Sam Alvey (27-8) hit a major snag with underwhelming losses to Derek Brunson and Elias Theodorou. Less than one month after the latter bout, however, he returned to his finishing ways thanks to a brutal guillotine finish of Eric Spicely.

Seventeen of his 27 wins have come by knockout.

The ignoble exit from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for Kevin Casey (9-4-1) gave way to three straight wins on the regional circuit, resulting in his 2014 return. He has gone 1-1-1, 2 NC in his latest run, his win over Bubba Bush overturned because of a drug test failure.

He will give up three inches of height to the 6’2″ Alvey.

Generally speaking, Alvey will either look very, very good or very, very bad. Luckily for him, Casey is a perfect foe for him to look good against. I’ve been high on Casey before, but his cardio issues show no signs of abating, he’s chinny, and Rafael Natal amply demonstrated how vulnerable he is to counters. He’s more or less tailor-made for Alvey provided the latter remembers to throw a punch every once in a while.

The fight is basically just a matter of waiting until Alvey finds his mark and Casey’s chin fails him for the fifth time. It will eventually result in a knockout win for “Smile’n Sam.”

Final result: Alvey def. Casey by first-round knockout

155 lbs.: Chad Laprise vs. Thibault Gouti

Chad Laprise (10-2) capped off his impressive run through The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): “Nations” with a decision victory over teammate Olivier Aubin-Mercier, then followed that up with wins over Yosdenis Cedeno and Bryan Barbarena. He has since lost two straight to Brazilian hulk Francisco Trinaldo and fellow TUF alum Ross Pearson.

Four of his 10 wins have come via knockout, though none in his last eight bouts.

Thibault Gouti (11-2) punched his UFC ticket with a one-hit knockout of Anton Kuivanen, only to lose his Octagon debut in equally dramatic fashion as Teemu Packalen choked him out in 24 seconds. His next fight saw him survive two rounds against the aforementioned Aubin-Mercier before tapping to a third-round rear-naked choke.

He has stopped nine opponents overall, six via submission.

Laprise’s well-rounded game may not take him to a title, but it’s consistent and effective. He’s the better striker here and ought to have the wrestling to dictate the fight, making Gouti’s submission prowess a non-factor. Physical opponents and superior technicians appear to trouble Laprise — Gouti is neither. Laprise keeps him at the end of one-two combinations and shuts down his takedown attempts for a decision win.

Prediction: Laprise via unanimous decision

145 lbs.: Enrique Barzola vs. Kyle Bochniak

Peru’s Enrique Barzola (11-2-1) had fought just once outside of his home country going into TUF: “Latin America 2.” Luckily, he made the transition without issue and scored two wins on the show before outclassing Horacio Gutierrez on the Finale.

“El Fuerte” has knocked out and submitted four foes apiece.

Kyle Bochniak (6-1) didn’t let a little thing like timing stop him from making his UFC debut in Boston just nine days after his previous bout. There, “Crash” managed to drop hometown favorite Charles Rosa early, but ultimately lost a unanimous decision.

Like Barzola, his four finishes are split evenly between knockouts and submissions.

Bochniak impressed me against Rosa, showing a very solid wrestling game against the grappling specialist. Judging by Barzola’s fight against Gutierrez, he’ll come out with a similar gameplan. Bochniak’s already proven himself able to thwart it, and this time, he should get the win as well.

Barzola has more experience, but his and Bochniak’s records are rather close in terms of quality wins. Odds are, he’ll find Bochniak too big a jump, losing the wrestling battle en route to a decision loss.

Prediction: Bochniak via unanimous decision

155 lbs.: Felipe Silva vs. Shane Campbell

Felipe Silva (7-0) blasted through the South American circuit, picking up five first-round finishes in six fights. In his most recent bout, he went overseas to knock out Anton Kuivanen in his native Finland. He has knocked out five opponents and submitted another.

Shane Campbell (10-5) earned viral fame with his Street Fighter-inspired finish of Derek Boyle, setting the stage for his short-notice Octagon debut two months later. “Shaolin” has gone 1-3 in the promotion, most recently suffering a submission loss to Erik Koch in May. Five of his professional wins have come by knockout.

Silva’s obviously got power and Campbell’s struggled recently, but I believe he can avoid the three-fight skid. He’s the cleaner striker of the two and Silva’s grappling pales in comparison to that of James Krause and Erik Koch, who controlled Campbell on the mat. The Brazilian will likely give him the striking battle he wants and I do not see Campbell losing that.

Expect Campbell’s distance game to pay dividends as he keeps Silva at bay, avoiding his foe’s power clinch to ultimately take home the decision.

Prediction: Campbell via unanimous decision

UFC on FOX 21 features several fun fights, some possible division shake ups and, most important, no price tag. Can’t do much better than that, Maniacs. will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 21 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET, and then the remaining under card balance on FOX at 6 p.m. ET, before the FOX main card start time at 8 p.m. ET.

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On the heels of UFC 202 the leader in mixed martial arts heads to Vancouver, British Columbia for a welterweight showdown between two of the top contenders at 170 pounds.

No. 4 contender Demian Maia (23-6) meets No. 5 Carlos Condit (30-9).

Maia is riding a five-fight win streak into the main event on Saturday, and a win over Condit would make his resume the most accomplished of the list of contenders for the welterweight strap. The Brazilian is seeking his first title shot since challenging Anderson Silva at UFC 112 more than six years ago.

Condit comes off a failed title bid at UFC 195. He dropped a split decision to then-champion Robbie Lawler. A Condit victory moves him back into position to lay claim to a future title shot.

The newly minted UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, will have his eyes set on this matchup.

Will Condit end Maia’s hopes and dreams, or will Maia continue his dominance with a watermark victory?

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More fights are coming to Fight Pass and FOX this weekend (Sat., Aug. 27, 2016) when UFC on FOX 21: “Condit vs. Maia” storms Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC on FOX 21 “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight division is in a state of turmoil. This Saturday evening (Aug. 27, 2016), two of the 170-pound division’s best will look to thrive in that chaos as Carlos Condit takes on Demian Maia in the main event of UFC on FOX 21, which will take place inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The venue will also host Anthony Pettis’ Featherweight debut opposite Charles Oliveira, as well as the return of Paige VanZant against Bec Rawlings.

We’ve got seven “Prelims” undercard matches this time around thanks to an injury to Josh Emmett (at least at the time of this writing), four on FOX and three on Fight Pass. Check out the online line up below:

185 lbs.: Garreth McLellan vs. Alessio Di Chirico

South Africa’s Garreth McLellan (13-4) entered UFC on a six-fight win streak, five of those wins by submission. “Soldier Boy” has gone 1-2 in the promotion itself, pounding out Bubba Bush between losses to Bartosz Fabinski and Magnus Cedenblad.

He has submitted nine opponents overall and knocked out another three.

Alessio Di Chirico (9-1), meanwhile, made his Octagon debut last April with nine professional wins and three amateur victories to his credit. In a competitive bout, Di Chirico settled for a decision loss to Elevation Fight Team’s Bojan Velickovic.

He has stopped eight opponents, four each by knockout and submission.

The core of McLellan’s struggles is his underdeveloped wrestling. He was being handily outgrappled by Bubba Bush before a well-timed fence grab turned the tide and, while his top game may have been able to stand up to Magnus Cedenblad’s grappling, he was left at the mercy of the taller man’s striking.

Di Chirico’s a physically strong man with a solid wrestling game and that’s all he needs to be to take McLellan out. The Italian gets his first official UFC win with a grapple-heavy onslaught.

Prediction: Di Chirico via unanimous decision

135 lbs.: Ning Guangyou vs. Marlon Vera

Ning Guangyou (5-3-1) scored two impressive knockouts on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): “China” before dispatching Yang Gianping in Macau. A knockout of Royston Wee followed, after which he dropped to Bantamweight and lost an uneventful split decision to Marco Antonio Beltran.

Three of his five wins have come by knockout.

Marlon Vera’s (9-3-1) upkick knockout produced one of the best highlights on TUF: “Latin America,” although a skin infection sadly cut his run short. The jiu-jitsu specialist has gone 1-2 in UFC itself, earning a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his submission of Roman Salazar.

He is three inches taller than Ning at 5’8.”

Vera simply hasn’t shown the level of wrestling a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist needs to excel in UFC. Attacking from his guard worked against Roman Salazar, but he had few answers for Davey Grant’s takedown game. Even though Ning is fairly raw, he’s an excellent wrestler out of a great camp in Tiger Muay Thai, giving him the edge in the stylistic match up.

Ning’s power makes him the bigger threat on the feet and I’m not convinced Vera can put him on his back. If he can avoid the passivity that screwed him against Marco Beltran and allowed a woefully outclassed Royston Wee to last two rounds, I expect TUF winner to earn the victory.

Prediction: Ning via second-round knockout

185 lbs.: Adam Hunter vs. Ryan Janes

In Canada’s Elite 1 promotion, Adam Hunter (7-1) won both the Light Heavyweight and Middleweight titles with first-round knockouts. After defending the latter with another stoppage, he took just 40 seconds to crush former UFC competitor Chris Dempsey in his first stateside appearance.

All seven of his wins have come by stoppage, six of them via knockout.

Ryan Janes (8-1) cut his teeth in Armageddon FC before a one-time appearance on World Series of Fighting (WSOF): “Canada.” He went on to win Battlefield FC’s Middleweight belt and successfully defended it in July 2015. He’s scored rear-naked choke submissions in seven of his eight wins.

There’s very little footage out there of Janes, but what little I’ve seen compares favorably to Hunter’s body of work. While the latter can hit, he’s a fairly awkward and labored striker who doesn’t seem to have any consistent plan of attack on the feet. Plus, his knockout of Chris Dempsey is mitigated by the fact that it was Chris Dempsey, who got knocked out three times in UFC in increasingly brutal fashion.

Janes has more experience going the distance and I expect his grappling attack to pay dividends. He finds an eighth rear-naked choke once Hunter starts to fade.

Prediction: Janes via second-round submission

Four more UFC on FOX 21 “Prelims” undercard fights to preview and predict tomorrow, including a couple of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winners and Sam Alvey in the featured bout.

Same time as always, Maniacs! will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 21 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET, and then the remaining under card balance on FOX at 6 p.m. ET, before the FOX main card start time at 8 p.m. ET.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has lured longtime welterweight contender Carlos Condit back to the Octagon for a compelling showdown against top-ranked 170-pound grappler Demian Maia at the upcoming UFC on FOX 21 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Sat., Aug. 27, 2016 inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Following a controversial decision loss to Robbie Lawler to kick off the new year, Condit (30-9) opted to ride the pine until he could secure a “Ruthless” rematch. When that failed to materialize, “The Natural Born Killer” started considering alternate fights.

That puts him directly across from Maia (23-6), now the winner of five straight, including last May’s submission victory over the rough-and-tumble Matt Brown. No doubt beating Condit would go a long way in securing a welterweight title shot.

Check out their “Road to the Octagon” video preview above, as well as a pair of additional UFC on FOX 21 feature fights below:

Anthony Pettis vs. Charles Oliveira:

Paige VanZant vs. Bec Rawlings:

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Check out the full “UFC Road to the Octagon” segment for Saturday’s UFC on FOX 21 headliner between welterweights Carlos Condit and Demian Maia.

UFC on FOX 21 takes place Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. It airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Condit (30-9 MMA, 7-5 UFC), No. 8 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, fights for the first time since his January title loss to then-champ Robbie Lawler when he meets fellow contender and No. 6-ranked Maia (23-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC), who’s surging with a current five-fight winning streak.

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On Sunday afternoon, UFC released the complete “Road To The Octagon” preview show for the next UFC On FOX event.

UFC On FOX 21 features Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia as the main event and co-featured bouts including Paige VanZant vs. Bec Rawlings, Anthony Pettis vs. Charles Oliveira and Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon II.

Check out UFC On FOX 21: Road To The Octagon in its’ entirety above. The event takes place on Saturday, August 27th from Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

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Invicta FC’s return to “The Show-Me State” is set with a title fight doubleheader.

Invicta FC 19 takes place Sept. 23 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The event streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, interim flyweight champ Jennifer Maia (13-4-1) defends her title against Roxanne Modafferi (19-12). Maia captured the interim title with a unanimous decision win over Vanessa Porto in a thrilling bout at Invicta FC 16. She is riding a four-fight winning streak dating back to June 2015.

Modafferi, a veteran and fan-favorite, seemed on the verge of retirement after a six-fight losing skid. However, she is on a 4-1 run, including a current two-fight winning streak which landed her in the title challenger role.

The co-main event features atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki (13-1) defending her belt against Jinh Yu Frey (5-1).

After her sole professional defeat at the hands of Claudia Gadelha at Invicta FC 6, Hamasaki embarked on a four-fight winning streak. Hamasaki defeated Amber Brown by arm-triangle choke in her most recent bout at Invicta FC 16.

Frey earned her title shot with a three-fight winning streak. She most recently defeated Herica Tiburcio, the woman Hamasaki beat to become champion, at Invicta FC 16.

The current Invicta FC 19 card includes:

  • Jennifer Maia vs. Roxanne Madafferi – for interim flyweight title
  • Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Jinh Yu Frey – for atomweight title

For more on Invicta FC 19, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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