"Hi, my name is Demian Maia. I'll be the mixed martial artist choking you out this evening." https://t.co/AVoXb8Rq5F— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) August 28, 2016
Demian Maia taught a master class on Carlos Condit.
The 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist tapped Condit with a first-round rear-naked choke in the UFC on Fox 21 headliner on Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. Condit (30-10, 7-6 UFC) conceded defeat 1:52 into round one, as he was submitted for the first time in more than a decade.
Maia (24-6, 18-6 UFC) delivered a takedown inside the first 40 seconds, calmly advanced his position and worked his way to the Albuquerque, New Mexico, native’s back. From there, he snaked his arms in place, tightened his squeeze and waited for the tapout. Condit reluctantly obliged.
The win was Maia’s 18th inside the Octagon, tying him with Matt Hughes and Donald Cerrone for third on the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s all-time list. Only Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre, both with 19, have more.
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Pettis Guillotine Submits Oliveira
Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis made a successful debut at 145 pounds, as he submitted Charles Oliveira with a third-round guillotine choke in the featherweight co-main event. Pettis (19-5, 6-4 UFC) finished it 1:49 into round three, halting a three-fight losing streak and posting his first victory in almost two years.
Oliveira (21-6, 9-6 UFC) gave “Showtime” all he could handle. Pettis doubled over the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with a wicked body kick in the first round and followed up with heavy ground-and-pound that nearly resulted in a stoppage. Oliveira survived and improved his situation in the middle stanza, where he jumped to the Roufusport star’s back, set his hooks and fished for a rear-naked choke. Pettis, however, proved impossible to corral on the mat.
The 26-year-old Oliveira executed a takedown early in the third round and later transitioned to the Milwaukee native’s back. Pettis rotated into full guard, escaped and caught the guillotine during the subsequent scramble. He then wrapped Oliveira in guard and coaxed the tapout.
Van Zant Kick Dispatches Rawlings
Team Alpha Male’s Paige Van Zant brought down Bec Rawlings with a head kick and follow-up punches in the second round of their women’s strawweight showcase. Fresh off her appearance on “Dancing with the Stars,” Van Zant (7-2, 4-1 UFC) closed the deal in spectacular fashion 17 seconds into round two.
Rawlings (7-5, 2-2 UFC) controlled much of the first five minutes by cutting off the 22-year-old’s advances with punching combinations and holding her own in the clinch. That all changed early in round two. Van Zant got airborne, faked low with her right foot and then went high with her left, the jumping switch kick connecting on the jaw and dropping Rawlings to the canvas. Van Zant then swarmed with punches on the defenseless Australian, forcing referee Dan Miragliotta to intervene.
Van Zant has won five of her last six fights.
Miller Bests Lauzon in Rematch
Former Ring of Combat and Cage Fury Fighting Championships titleholder Jim Miller eked out a split decision over Joe Lauzon in their three-round lightweight rematch. All three cageside judges scored it 29-28: David Therien and Tony Weeks sided with Miller, while Dave Hagen gave Lauzon his nod of approval.
Miller (27-8, 16-7) wobbled his rival with a stinging left in the first round and piled up points by working the body and head with punches, knees and intermittent kicks. More of the same followed in the second, though Lauzon (26-12, 13-9 UFC) powered into top position after a failed spinning attack from the New Jersey native and let loose with his ground-and-pound. “The Ultimate Fighter 5” semifinalist grounded Miller twice in the hotly contested third round, where he advanced to full mount and threatened with a last-second armbar. It was not enough.
The 32-year-old Miller now owns a 2-0 lead in his head-to-head series with Lauzon.