Demian Maia smothers Matt Brown at UFC 198 for sixth straight win
UFC welterweight contender Demian Maia scored yet another impressive victory Saturday night, smothering eighth-ranked Matt Brown for a full two rounds before locking in a rear-naked choke in the third at UFC 198.
Maia made his intentions clear from the opening bell as he shot for a takedown as soon as Brown was in striking distance. Brown initially fought off the takedown attempt, but the resilient grappler Maia forced "The Immortal" to the fence before dumping him on his butt.
The Brazilian then took Brown's back and went to work for the next four minutes on locking in a rear-naked choke.
Brown was able to survive, but things went largely the same way in the second round, with Maia again planting Brown on the canvas and working submissions. "The Immortal" almost turned the tide in the third, fighting off Maia's first three takedown attempts. But just as it appeared he'd hurt the Brazilian, Maia was able to capitalize on the fight hitting the ground again and put an end to the action once and for all.
The fight was called at the 4:31 mark of the third round, marking Maia's fifth straight win. Following the performance, Maia called for the title shot he believes he rightfully deserves.
"I'm ready to fight for the title. I asked for jiu-jitsu committees from all of the world to send your messages to Dana White, Joe Silva," Maia said. "I'm ready for this, it's my dream. I've won many consecutive fights in this weight class — eight fights overall. I'm ready for this."
Maia entered his bout against Brown coming off back-to-back jui-jitsu clinics against Gunnar Nelson and Neil Magny and hasn't lost since a 2014 Fight of the Night performance against Rory MacDonald.