UFC Fight Night 29 Preview

ufc_fn29The world of Mixed Martial Arts is one with multiple disciplines as the name truly expresses what the sport is all about. The origins of the sport came from multiple martial arts disciplines trying to find out which was the best. Boxing, Muay Thai, Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and wrestling would all fight it out to see which discipline could beat the other. As the best practitioners from each discipline got together to find this out they began to look at each other and find parts of each discipline useful in fights. As the sport evolved fighters became more balanced as they now had to learn how to defend a takedown to stay on the feet or to fight on the feet and set up a takedown. It would eventually evolve to the point where fighters had to not only learn the basics of the ground game or standup game but had to be good at both to win. Then came fighters like Jon Jones who would train from the start in all disciplines to be a well-rounded fighter. This has become the norm now with fighters coming in that have trained everything to be ready for the UFC. There is still room for those fighters that are much better in one discipline than the rest though as these fighters have enough of one part of the sport and more than enough of the other part of the sport. For the latest version of Fight Night in the UFC two of these fighters will be on full display. Demian Maia and Jake Shields are two fighters that have made their careers on the mat and are not known for their stand up game. Both fighters have enough of a standup game to ensure they are not embarrassed when fights begin. When the referee begins the fight these two fighters must stand up and so that part of their game cannot be a massive hole. If they do not work on that part of the game they will be in trouble in a big way as they can easily fall behind and get KOs within a few seconds of the fight starting. Both Maia and Shields have the ability to stand up and fight their opponents but everything they do on their feet is meant to work towards taking the fight to the ground. Jake Shields would develop his ground game like many Americans as an all-American wrestler in college. From that point Shields would go to Cesar Gracie where he would discover the next evolution of the ground game in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Meanwhile Demian Maia would begin his Jiu Jitsu career as a teenager in Brazil and would rise to become one of the best in the world at BJJ. As a four degree black belt and multiple time world champion Maia has been a BJJ practitioner for years and has brought his knowledge to the UFC to be one of the most consistent performers ever. Now Shield and Maia will face off at UFC Fight Night 29 in a matchup of two of the best BJJ practitioners in the UFC. For those who do not like when a fight goes to the ground this fight will not be for you but for those fans who appreciate where the sport came from this is a matchup for the ages. Both fighters are very good on the ground but for Jake Shields the best idea may be to keep the fight standing and use his superior standup to win. Maia is better on the ground although he will not overpower Shields on the grind instead needing to grind it out for the win. With Shields the key might be to avoid the ground altogether and keep the fight standing where he has the advantage. That is easier said than done though as Maia will likely take the fight to the ground at some point and with begin to grind it out. This will happen multiple times and although Shields is a great ground fighter Maia is better and has looked unstoppable in the welterweight division. Expect Maia to come out on top with a third round submission of Shields as the Brazilian will continue his climb up the division rankings.

Before these two welterweights face off one of the most promising young Brazilian welterweight will enter the octagon in front of a home crowd. Erick Silva has been one of the brightest stars in the welterweight division but has struggled to find his way. Coming into the UFC in 2011 Silva was considered a potential threat to the welterweight title. He was instantly considered the type of fighter that could come in and shock the division as many expected him to move up fast. He would impress in his first fight earning a KO over Luis Ramos and announcing his arrival in the UFC. Then things would begin to go bad as Silva would lose the next fight to Carlo Prater by DQ. A win against Charlie Brenneman would be followed up by a second loss to Jon Fitch as Silva would continue to trade-off wins and losses. In his last fight Silva would earn a submission win over Jason High putting him back on the winning track. Now he gets a chance to earn his first winning streak of his UFC career when he takes on Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 29. Kim is no slouch though as he will give Silva everything he can handle to earn that second win. Kim is riding a two fight win streak into this fight and is trying to establish his own climb up the ladder. There has never been an Asian champion in the UFC and Kim is trying to be the first but has a while to go. If he can get the win against Silva he may just come into the top 10 fighters in the division giving him momentum that he will try to ride to a title shot. Both fighters have something to prove in this fight as they will be featured on a night of welterweights and will look to make an impression on National TV at UFC Fight Night 29.

 

Fight Card:

Main Event:
Demian Maia vs. Jake Shields (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Main Card:
Erick Silva vs. Dong “Stun Gun” Hyun Kim (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Thiago Silva vs. Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Fabio Maldonado vs. Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares vs. Mike Pierce (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Raphael Assuncao vs. TJ Dillashaw (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Undercard:
Ildemar “Marajo” Alcantara vs. Igor Araujo (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Yan Cabral vs. David “Daudi” Mitchell (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Iliarde Santos vs. Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Alan Patrick vs. Garett “Goodnight” Whiteley (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

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