Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night 29 main event between Jake Shields and Demian Maia went down in the way many people expected, as the renowned grapplers mostly battled on the mat for 25 minutes. It may not have been the most exciting fight, unless you’re a big time grappling enthusiast, but it was an extremely competitive affair.
While it seems like the general consensus seems to be that it was a really close bout, and there wasn’t a ton of outrage about the Shields getting the split decision, Maia had some strong words for the judges. Speaking at the post-fight presser, Maia stated (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“Don’t understand the judges,” Maia said after the loss, which ended his three fight win streak. “My strategy going to the fifth round was defend the takedowns and score points standing, so I thought the fight was 3-2 to me.”
“I think the judges should make their criteria more clear, and the judges should go public,” he said. “A decision like this change a fighter’s life and these guys never show up. They need to show up. They need to know the responsibility they have with judging, and they should clarify the rules.”
The jiu-jitsu demi-god also acknowledged that he didn’t have his best performance, and that “I’ve lost positions that I usually don’t and I don’t know why.” Whether you’re a big Shields booster or not, not many people on this planet can hang with Maia on the ground like he did.
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