UFC Fight Night 29 Preview (10/8/13)
Cageside Writer: Suzie Tankleford
UFC Fight Night 29 Preview
The UFC heads to Brazil for the sixth time this year to put on UFC Fight Night 29 featuring a main even with Demian Maia versus Jake Shields.
This card could be very interesting because it has some good matchups. As with any Fight Night it could be hit or miss but the main three fights look to be very good.
Demian Maia (18-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) vs. Jake Shields (28-6-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Demian Maia looks so much better at 170lbs. He is riding a 3 fight win streak with victories over Dong Hyun Kim, Rick Story and Jon Fitch. Those are all quality wins and now he steps into the octagon with Jakes Shields.
Both fighters hold black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu but it is Maia who has been more impressive as of late. Shields has a reputation as being a boring fighter but he matches up well with Maia.
Maia is currently ranked 4th in the welterweight division and is hoping another victory will propel him into a title shot against champion Georges St. Pierre.
Both fighters are great grapplers with Shields holding the advantage in wrestling and Maia having the advantage is BJJ. Maia has improved his striking but neither fighter has real knockout power. Expect this fight to take place on the mat. Since all main events are now five rounds there is a real possibility that Shields will tire out and Maia can get a late submission or decision.
Erik Silva (15-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (17-2-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC)
This fight could be a defining moment in Erik Silva’s UFC career. So far he has dominated what can best be referred to as “mid-tier” competition. He had a great fight against Jon Fitch at UFC 153 and had Fitch in trouble a few times but the American wrestler eventually wore down Silva and got the decision.
Kim wears down his opponents with a combination of wrestling and judo which could cause problems for Silva, who has a tendency to tire in later rounds.
Matt Hamill 11-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) vs. Thiago Silva (15-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC)
Matt Hamill is not the fighter that he once was. He still has a great wrestling game and that could help him wear down Thiago Silva. Hamill has a tendency to abandon his strength and stand toe to toe with his opponents. Silva is aggressive and can hurt Hamill if they trade blows.
Silva’s takedown defense is good and he is a BJJ black belt so he should be able to take care of himself in Hamill takes the fight to the ground.
It has been more than a year since Hamill has fought and that long layoff could hurt him against Silva. Expect Silva to wear down Hamill and get the victory via knockout or stoppage.
The fights are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013. These will be televised for free!
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