October 10, 2013
Jake Shields (bottom) and Demian Maia's mat-based fight didn't please the fans in Brazil.
Andre Penner/AP

The victory might not vault Shields into the welterweight Top 10, and the loss might not plummet Maia too far down the rankings. There were moments of brilliance, such as on the several position reversals by Shields. (He was just 1 of 12 on takedowns, yet was on top for a significant chunk of the bout.) But this was a fight that would have been better served to play out under the less glaring spotlight of a co-main event -- not because these fighters are anything less than masterful on the mat, but because a three-rounder might have produced a grappling fest for the ages ... without all of the sloppy standup.

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