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UFC 170: Demian Maia Feels Rory MacDonald Is New-Age Fighter

UFC 170: Demian Maia Feels Rory MacDonald Is New-Age Fighter

Demian Maia can rely on his excellent jiu-jitsu when he gets into trouble inside the Octagon.

This Saturday night, Maia will be tested when he takes on Rory MacDonald at UFC 170 in Las Vegas.

Maia had some nice things to say about MacDonald earlier this week as he prepared to face the Canadian, referring to him as a “typical modern fighter.”

“He has a good jiu-jitsu,” said Maia, in an interview with “That’s not his strongest weapon, but he’s the typical modern fighter. He knows how to do everything.

“He has good jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai, and good wrestling. He’s the new generation. He’s an excellent athlete.”

Maia (18-5) has posted a 3-1 mark since moving down from middleweight to welterweight, but was topped by Jake Shields last October.

MacDonald (15-2) had his five-fight win streak snapped by Robbie Lawler. That was also a split decision, like Maia’s loss to Shields.

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