WHO IS DEMIAN MAIA FIGHTING AT UFC FIGHT NIGHT 170 ?
He’s fighting Gilbert Burns, who currently rides a four fight winning streak in the UFC. Despite having fought in the UFC for a while, he still isn’t a well known competitor with American audiences. So what are his chances against Demian?
Well, he matches up pretty well with him. Gilbert is 5’9″, stocky, strong, and explosive. His BJJ is at a very high level. High enough to scalp perhaps the best jiu-jitsu practioner in the history of the sport? We’ll have to wait and see.
What Gilbert brings into this fight is a major advantage in punching power. He’s faster, and more explosive than Maia. He’s also younger (33 to Maia’s 42). And even if you don’t think he has a legitimate shot of submitting Maia, his jiu-jitsu skills have to be looked at as a major equalizer in the sport of MMA.
99% of MMA fighters have to avoid the ground with Maia by any means necessary, and many greats have fallen due to failing in this very area. A guy like Gilbert who actively competes at a high level in sport BJJ should be well prepared for a fighter like Maia, and could use his athleticism and punching power to make this a nightmare matchup for him.
In fact, current Vegas odds have him as the favorite (-190).
Here are a couple of videos of Gilbert Burns in action, in case you aren’t familiar.
Who is Demian Maia fighting at UFC FIGHT NIGHT 170?