Demian Maia has deadly submissions, and Dan Miller knew that coming into their fight at UFC 109. Appropriately, Miller tried to keep the fight standing all along, but he didn't do enough to win. Maia took the 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 unanimous decision.
In deciding to stand, Miller gave Maia an opportunity to show off how he's improved in striking since Nate Marquardt knocked Maia out in August. Maia loaded up with body and leg kicks. Miller's skin was bright red from all the strikes he took.
Finally, in the third round, Maia got his takedown, but he wasn't able to do much with it. Maia, one of the best jiu-jitsu players to ever fight in MMA, easily avoided Miller's submission attempts. Miller was recently awarded a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but his jiu-jitsu aptitude is nowhere near Maia's.
This win was important for Maia, who needed to get back on track after losing to Marquardt.
- Demian Maia
- Dan Miller