Originally Posted by Ryan Hoegner
Nate M must be on suicide watch these days watching this unfold.
Exactly. He took no damage on his fight against Chael and jhad he won he would be the one fighting at Abu Dhabi for the title! It must be really hard for him right now...
I don't think Maia is unworthy as a title challenger at all. You can't just look at his last fight. You gotta look at Maia...
His MMA record stands at 12-1
In the UFC he is 6-1, with 5 straight victories all by submissions.
His only loss came by an abrupt KO in a fight that never saw him actually fight, and it came at the hands of one of the top MW on the planet.
On his last fight he took the time to test his stand up skills in the cage, not an easy feat after getting brutally knocked out.
And don't forget the BJJ credentials he brings into the cage with him. The guy is a BJJ world champion and ADDC champion. This is the guy that beat Gabriel Gonzaga 2 (or maybe 3) times in BJJ competition, not an easy feat at all considering Gabe is a BJJ world champ himself and weights A LOT more than Maia, and Maia finished him 2 times on the mat. He also beat Jacare on the mat before.
This is a match up between the best grappler in MMA against the best striker in MMA. It's a dream match up!!!