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Kamaru Usman Tapped As Replacement If Tyron Woodley Is Forced To Withdraw From UFC 228 Title Defense

Kamaru Usman has been tapped as Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion Tyron Woodley’s replacement in case the champ is forced to pull out of his UFC 228 title fight against Darren Till.
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Jorge Masvidal Eviscerates Neil Magny, Kamaru Usman While Looking for Fight

Jorge Masvidal is having trouble getting a fight, and now “Gamebred” is targeting every Top 5 welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in order to get one.
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UFC Fight Night 129 Results: Kamaru Usman Wins Boring Anti-Grappling Snoozer

As a general rule, if you’re going to beat jiu-jitsu master Demian Maia, it’s not going to be on the ground. Anderson Silva knew this, and made Maia look like a jackass when they fought all those years ago. Tyron Woodley knew this, and make Maia look like a chump when Maia challenged him for the belt recently.

Well, TUF winner Kamaru Usman is all about that wrestling, and one of the special powers wrestlers have, in addition to getting takedowns, is to avoid them. In the main event of UFC Fight Night 129, Usman was supposed to face Santiago Ponzinobbio, but instead got Maia as a late replacement. Can you guess how this one went?

From the outset, Maia wanted one thing: to latch onto his young opponent, drag him to the canvas, and tie him in knots. And from the outset, Usman refused to even let the Brazilian latch onto him… to the point where it actually got frustrating and boring. Once, in the first round, Maia got a hold of Usman but couldn’t do anything with it, and when Usman refused to scramble (and possibly make a mistake for Maia to capitalize on), he just waited. And waited. And waited. And the referee eventually broke them up.

Maia literally had nothing on the feet, with Usman shaking off the single punch that landed hard, and even dropping Maia with a knuckle sandwich in the fourth.

We also got the version of Maia that had him lying on his back beckoning for Usman to join him – the worst, most embarrassing version of all.

Thankfully, five rounds was the max, and then it mercifully ended.

 

Results: Kamaru Usman def. Demian Maia via Unanimous Decision

 

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UFC Fight Night 129 Results: Kamaru Usman Wins Boring Anti-Grappling Snoozer

As a general rule, if you’re going to beat jiu-jitsu master Demian Maia, it’s not going to be on the ground. Anderson Silva knew this, and made Maia look like a jackass when they fought all those years ago. Tyron Woodley knew this, and make Maia look like a chump when Maia challenged him for the belt recently.

Well, TUF winner Kamaru Usman is all about that wrestling, and one of the special powers wrestlers have, in addition to getting takedowns, is to avoid them. In the main event of UFC Fight Night 129, Usman was supposed to face Santiago Ponzinobbio, but instead got Maia as a late replacement. Can you guess how this one went?

From the outset, Maia wanted one thing: to latch onto his young opponent, drag him to the canvas, and tie him in knots. And from the outset, Usman refused to even let the Brazilian latch onto him… to the point where it actually got frustrating and boring. Once, in the first round, Maia got a hold of Usman but couldn’t do anything with it, and when Usman refused to scramble (and possibly make a mistake for Maia to capitalize on), he just waited. And waited. And waited. And the referee eventually broke them up.

Maia literally had nothing on the feet, with Usman shaking off the single punch that landed hard, and even dropping Maia with a knuckle sandwich in the fourth.

We also got the version of Maia that had him lying on his back beckoning for Usman to join him – the worst, most embarrassing version of all.

Thankfully, five rounds was the max, and then it mercifully ended.

 

Results: Kamaru Usman def. Demian Maia via Unanimous Decision

 

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Kamaru Usman Lobbies for Title Shot: ‘I Just Dominated Maia Better Than Tyron Woodley’

Kamaru Usman has compiled one of the quietest eight-bout UFC winning streaks in recent memory, but he has big plans after earning the signature victory of his career.
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Kamaru Usman Lobbies for Title Shot: ‘I Just Dominated Maia Better Than Tyron Woodley’

Kamaru Usman has compiled one of the quietest eight-bout UFC winning streaks in recent memory, but he has big plans after earning the signature victory of his career.
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UFC Fight Night 129 Results: Kamaru Usman Wins Boring Anti-Grappling Snoozer

As a general rule, if you’re going to beat jiu-jitsu master Demian Maia, it’s not going to be on the ground. Anderson Silva knew this, and made Maia look like a jackass when they fought all those years ago. Tyron Woodley knew this, and make Maia look like a chump when Maia challenged him for the belt recently.

Well, TUF winner Kamaru Usman is all about that wrestling, and one of the special powers wrestlers have, in addition to getting takedowns, is to avoid them. In the main event of UFC Fight Night 129, Usman was supposed to face Santiago Ponzinobbio, but instead got Maia as a late replacement. Can you guess how this one went?

From the outset, Maia wanted one thing: to latch onto his young opponent, drag him to the canvas, and tie him in knots. And from the outset, Usman refused to even let the Brazilian latch onto him… to the point where it actually got frustrating and boring. Once, in the first round, Maia got a hold of Usman but couldn’t do anything with it, and when Usman refused to scramble (and possibly make a mistake for Maia to capitalize on), he just waited. And waited. And waited. And the referee eventually broke them up.

Maia literally had nothing on the feet, with Usman shaking off the single punch that landed hard, and even dropping Maia with a knuckle sandwich in the fourth.

We also got the version of Maia that had him lying on his back beckoning for Usman to join him – the worst, most embarrassing version of all.

Thankfully, five rounds was the max, and then it mercifully ended.

 

Results: Kamaru Usman def. Demian Maia via Unanimous Decision

 

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UFC Fight Night 129 Weigh-in Results: Demian Maia, Kamaru Usman Hit Marks in Chile

Demian Maia has built his career on upending bigger, faster and stronger opposition in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Can he do it one more time?
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UFC Fight Night 129 Primer: Old Demian Maia and Young Kamaru Usman

Once again, it’s time for the old, salty veteran to test the mettle of the young up-and-comer.

UFC Fight Night 129 is coming to us this weekend from Santiago, Chile, because why not. And of course, the main event features old timer Demian Maia taking on TUF 21 winner Kamaru Usman. You may remember Maia from his sometimes absolutely dominant displays of jiu-jitsu and sometimes utterly embarrassing fights when that jiu-jitsu wasn’t able to be employed.

You may remember Usman from… ha, just kidding. You don’t remember Usman. Because although he’s managed to stay undefeated since winning TUF, he’s fought no one. Nada. Just a bunch of no-name dudes.

But hey, he’s finally got an opponent with some name recognition in Maia, so this could be Usman’s chance to turn that corner!

Other than a dismal outing against Tyron Woodley, Maia hasn’t really shown that he’s slowing down. Usman could always counter-wrestle him, drawing upon those high-level collegiate wrestling skills of his, but I don’t know if the young buck truly has it in him to trounce the ancient jiu-jitsu man. Not yet at least.

Here’s Maia doing what he does best.

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What Percentage Of Kamaru Usman Shows Up In Chile?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will finally give Kamaru Usman a headlining spot when “The Nigerian Nightmare” takes center stage against Demian Maia at the UFC Fight Night 129 mixed martial arts (MMA) event tomorrow night (May 19, 2018) inside Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile.

What percentage of him actually shows up, remains to be seen.

The winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 got blasted by promotion president Dana White in the wake of his Emil Meek win earlier this year in St. Louis. That’s because Usman (12-1) told fans he entered the fight at just 30 percent.

“Yeah, he’s a tough guy. Yeah, he can impose his will. But you don’t jump up and start acting like you knocked somebody out and say you only went 30 percent,” White said. “So what’s that mean? What if you’re on pay-per-view? Do you use 60 percent?”

Usman later clarified his statement, insisting that it was his health — not his effort — that was suffering on fight night. Back in 2012, then-UFC light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones told me he too, was operating at just 30 percent, but nobody questioned him because he just beat four straight former UFC 205-pound champions.

All Usman did was carry around a big shovel.

The UFC Chile main event will be good for Usman, as well as MMA fans, but part of me wonders if it was done just to shut him up. After complaining that UFC doesn’t like to promote Nigerians, he went on to slam the promotion for its special treatment of Darren Till.

He was probably just trying to pick a fight, since no one in the welterweight division — including this trash talker — is in any big hurry to face him. And while Maia is one of the best grapplers in all of UFC, he’s long past his expiration date and struggles against high-level wrestlers.

That’s probably why 30 percent of Usman is better than 100 percent of Maia, who struggles to make 170 pounds and may need to go all five rounds. The Brazilian outranks him (No. 5 vs. No. 7) but they might swap places after this weekend’s debut in Chile.

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