Demian Maia Comments on Loss to Jake Shields – Preparing For Rory MacDonald
Posted by Larry Csonka on 02.17.2014
The fight at UFC 170…
- Demian Maia recently spoke about his loss to Jake Shields and more. Here are the highlights…
On His Loss to Jake Shields: "At one point in the last round, I thought I was winning, because in my mind, I was like, ‘I put him down four times; he put me down once.' I was able to land one good strike, and he fell to his back twice. I thought I was winning, so the last round, I was more defensive. That was very frustrating for me. I made a mistake. It was a split decision; one judge gave it to me, but the last round, the other two gave it to him. So it's hard, and plus, people don't say it, but Jake is a pretty tough opponent. He knows how to play with the rules."
On Learning The History of Las Vegas: "After I started fighting there, I started reading a lot of books about Las Vegas, and I watch a lot of movies," he said. "When I'm there, I feel the history. I like to go to the old casinos and remember what I read in the books."
On Distractions Heading Into UFC 170: "It's a little bit of a distraction, but at this point, it's so close that it doesn't really matter," Maia said. "I was very happy to be co-main. It's very important for me to be co-main. But after [Cormier] got his fight, it was like, oh, I'm not going to be co-main any more. "But that's a very small thing. The most important is to do my best and win the fight."
On Facing Rory MacDonald: "I hope [I'll be able to take him down], but I know he's strong, and he's tall," Maia said. "It's pretty much who spends more energy. The person who spends more energy and gets tired will have a problem."