Demian Maia came into this fight with Rick Story and certainly made a statement in the heavily competitive welterweight division. Demain Maia quickly got this fight to the ground and started working his grappling game. He would control Story against the catch for much of the first round, and it was apparent that this was gonna end quickly if Story couldn’t get out of the grasp of Maia.
It appeared that Rick Story was going be able to weather the storm, but Maia would drag him right back down. Maia would then lock up a rear naked choke and would crank on Story’s neck. It was a brutal crank on Story that had him grimacing. He was forced to tap and Maia is now 2-0 in the UFC welterweight division. This is the Demian Maia we were accustomed to see when he first made his debut inside the UFC at middleweight.
It was a brilliant performance from Maia, and it seems like he could be a viable contender in this division, which is currently being reigned by George St. Pierre. Maia doesn’t seem like he will have the size disadvantage in this division, and his world class jiu jitsu game will give any fighters fitz when they square off against him.
Up next for Maia may be a fight with the loser of the Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva fight or maybe a fight with Josh Koscheck. Whoever Maia faces next, it appears like he could pose a serious threat for them on the ground.