Kamaru Usman and Demian Maia – A match that wasn’t anywhere near pretty

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Kamaru Usman and Demian Maia – A match that wasn’t anywhere near pretty

Any fan of Demian Maia knows that watching him in the ring is like watching a determined explorer finally find some hidden treasure that he had to earn through a multitude of trials. Its magical in a sense and it always lead to an amazing match to watch. Though, just like everyone, Maia has his days where he just isn’t on his A-Game. Which sadly enough, was the case last Saturday during his match in Chile. The well-known 40-year old fighter was throwing multiple shots at Kamaru Usman, and after a while, it all seemed fruitless. Even the audience watching looked as if they just had a floating question mark over their heads.

Though many experts are thinking this fight wouldn’t have been as lacklustre if the fighter was someone other than Maia, who took the place of another fighter, who was originally going to fight Usman, who is dubbed in the MMA world as the fighter that nobody wants to face. Initially, the recently injured Santiago Ponzinibbio was set up to fight Usman in Chile – however, with Ponzinibbio being injured and if no other player stepped in – Chile wouldn’t have a match to watch over the weekend. Due to Maia history of destroying men in the ring, he was easily accepted as a replacement candidate for the fight. Though, if Usman wasn’t Usman, this fight would have felt more intimidating.

As the fight entered its first few seconds, Maia tried to lead the fight into a realm where he is more comfortable, though Usman only did the expected: he made himself unbudgeable. Occasionally, fans could’ve seen Maia tossed on the ground as he was gasping for air – as Usman simply watched him, made another punch, and Maia just moved across the floor – almost as if was trying to invite Usman on the ground with him. Though once Usman got down to Maia’s level, he could only get a few punches into the buttocks and feet, both of which are known as common offensive moves. Other than that, though, this fight as the definition of boring in a sense and offered no real challenge for Usman.

Broken Hand on Usman’s Side

After the fight was finished, the intimidating MMA fighter Usman make the statement that his right hand may have been broken early into the fight, before adding on about the possibility of his other hand being broken as well. But I guess that’s understanding when punching Maia recorded hard skull during the duration of the match. Though, the UFC could have at least given Usman a decorative shirt saying something along the lines of “Came to Chile for fun and left with two broken hands”. Either way though, it goes without saying that Usman did beat Maia almost without effort and it was a mundane task to watch.

Even though Usman did not come out in the effort to have a more competitive match, as he stated once handed the microphone that he would leave it to his managers to choose who he fought that night. Even though he did prompt that Tyron Woodley would’ve been an easier fight that Maia, which can easily be taken as fighting words before considering facing the winning of the upcoming Darren Till and Stephen Thompson fight. Despite those fun fights, just having one with Ponzinibbio would have sufficed
While Usman may have come out of the fight with two managed hands, it did advance his standing a bit. He is now considered an 8-0 fighter in the UFC with six decisions. This was the first match he was able to get five rounds in, which is going to help him on his path of getting a title.