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UFC FN 21: DEMIAN MAIA vs CARLOS CONDIT fight video
Demian Maia already had a convincing argument that he should have been in the title talk conversation following five straight wins over a slew of top welterweight contenders. Maia put an exclamation point on that statement with a stunning first-round submission victory over former interim champion Carlos Condit on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night from Vancouver.
Over his recent win streak, Maia has made no secret the strategy he will employ against any opponent standing across the Octagon from him as he marches forward and immediately looks to take the fight to the ground.
Condit was no exception as Maia avoided an early striking exchange before swooping inside and planting the New Mexico native on the mat.
The early takedown not only put the fight into Maia's world, but thanks to neither one of them working up much of a sweat to that point in the contest, it also allowed the Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert to quickly latch onto Condit's back and start fishing for the choke.
Like a predator stalking his prey, Maia calmly worked his way into position, where he slipped a forearm under Condit's neck and wrenched up to secure the rear-naked choke.
Maia held on to the choke while Condit grimaced, knowing that the end was near. Seconds later he tapped his opponent's shoulder signifying the end of the fight.
Immediately after the referee pulled them apart, Maia broke into tears after picking up arguably the biggest win of his UFC career over a former champion and real veteran in Condit.