Maia vs. Miranda

The final featured bout of UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2 is a middleweight contest between Demian Maia and Mario Miranda.

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Maia enters this bout as the favorite according to online sports book Sportsbook.com. Maia has a betting line of -175 while Miranda comes in with a line of +142. Here is a closer look at both fighters heading into this bout, which will take place from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts at 10PM ET on Pay Per-View.
Demian Maia (12-2):
Strengths
: Maia might be the best submission fighter in all of MMA right now. His skills on the ground take a back seat to no one and have allowed him to picked up wins over tough guys like Dan Miller and Chael Sonnen. Once the fight gets to the ground, Maia usually finds a way to end the fight, whether it be by choke or arm lock.
Weaknesses: Maia is working on improving his striking, but he is still a novice when it comes to that. He was quickly knocked out by Nate Marquardt at UFC 102 and was embarrassed on his feet by champion Anderson Silva. In order for Maia to become a legit contender for the title, he needs to evolve his striking game.
Last Five Fights:
Unanimous decision loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 112 on April 10, 2010

Unanimous decision win over Dan Miller at UFC 109 on Feb. 6, 2010

First round KO loss to Nate Marquardt at UFC 102 on Aug. 29, 2009

First round submission win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 95 on Feb. 21, 2009

First round submission win over Nate Quarry at UFC 91 on Nov. 15, 2008
 
Mario Miranda (10-1):
Strengths: Miranda is somewhat new to the Octagon, but it is clear he has some solid all-around ability. His biggest strength would be his striking as he has five wins in his career by TKO. No slouch on the ground, Miranda also has three wins by submission. Miranda will need to keep the fight standing in this contest to be successful.
Weaknesses: Miranda hasn’t fought someone the caliber of Maia in his career, especially when it comes to grappling and submissions. Miranda will have to avoid being overwhelmed by the environment and his opponent and look to control the fight with his style. If he can keep the fight standing and work his strikes, he can be victorious.
Last Five Fights:
Second round TKO win over David Loiseau at UFC 115 on June 12, 2010

First round TKO loss to Gerald Harris at UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31, 2010

First round submission win over Lorenzo Hood at Alliance Fights on Aug. 22, 2009

Second round TKO win over Chad Vance at Alliance Fights on May 2, 2009

Third round submission win over Tyson Jeffires at SF 25 on April 3, 2009


Who will win: Maia should come out motivated for this fight after his loss to Anderson Silva. Look for him to show some improved striking before getting the fight to the ground and working in a choke late in the first round.
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Posted: 8/28/10 12:00PM ET

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