Demian Maia

It was back to basics for Demian Maia. He left no doubt about that Saturday.

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu master beat Ben Askren by submission with a rear-naked choke at 3:54 of the third round in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Singapore. Somehow, quietly, at 41 years old, Maia has put together a three-fight winning streak. His work on the ground against Askren, a former Olympic wrestler, was a thing of beauty.

They say Jiu-Jitsu is a lifelong sport and Maia showed exactly why its dangerous to swim with a Shark.

Maia proved Saturday he can still beat anyone in the UFC if it comes down to a grappling contest. His Brazilian jiu-jitsu remains at the most elite level — perhaps the best MMA grappling game in the world, even now. Maia was able to reverse takedowns from Askren and sweep him to get into top position when Askren did succeed.

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