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Demian Maia has only taken 13 significant strikes in his past four appearances in the Octagon.

Say what?!

That's kind of amazing. Let's break it down.

Demian Maia vs. Carlos Condit - UFC Fight Night Vancouver - 08/27/16

Maia's most recent win came this past weekend when he defeated Carlos Condit via rear-naked choke in the first round. Due to the speed of the submission, Maia only absorbed one significant strike.

Total Significant Strikes Absorbed: 1

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports
Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Demian Maia vs. Matt Brown - UFC 198 - 05/14/16

Maia fought Matt Brown in Curitiba, Brazil for one of the biggest UFC cards in Brazil's history. He was able to secure a third round submission (also a rear-naked choke), but ate 10 significant strikes during the bout, which was the most offense he absorbed from any of the four fights.

Total Significant Strikes Absorbed: 10

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson - UFC 194 - 12/12/15

When Maia faced Gunnar Nelson, I thought he'd be knocked out. No one was more shocked than me when the fight went to decision and Nelson had only landed two significant strikes.

Total Significant Strikes Absorbed: 2

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports
Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Demian Maia vs. Neil Magny - UFC 190 - 08/01/15

Maia faced Magny almost a year ago where he secured a second round submission, another rear-naked choke (shocking). It was a sad day for Magny, as he was unable to land a single, significant strike the entire fight.

Total Significant Strikes Absorbed: 0

In short, Maia is a beast, and if you happen to be a UFC welterweight facing him in the Octagon, it might be in your best interest to NEVER let him take your back!


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