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UFC 156: Demian Maia out-Fitches Jon Fitch

Demian Maia, top, punches Jon Fitch during their

Demian Maia, top, punches Jon Fitch during their UFC 156 welterweight fight at The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Maia won by unanimous decision. (Feb. 2, 2013) Credit: AP

The Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia bout at UFC 156 was billed as submission defense specialist vs. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu submission specialist.

What we got Saturday night in Las Vegas was . . . exactly that.

Maia took down Fitch with ease in each round, controlling his body with back mounts, body triangles and submission attempts. At times, Maia looked like a human backpack.

All three judges scored the bout 30-27 in favor of Maia, who completely dominated Fitch. Through the first two rounds, Maia had body control for more than nine of the 10 minutes.

Maia (18-4) is now 3-0 since dropping to welterweight after a January 2012 loss at middleweight to Chris Weidman.

Fitch (27-5-1) is now 1-2-1 in his last four fights over the past two years.

New York Sports