Last Saturday Feb. 22nd Rory MacDonald Vs Demian Maia had to be one of the best MMA fights I have seen in a while and let me quantify BEST. By this I mean highest quality, not 2 stupid guys going in there and just brawling but a very technically proficient fight. Let me explain:
The fight started with Demian, (who is as good of a Wrestler as he is a BJJ man) shooting in on Rory. Rory was good against the double leg but Demian quickly switched and turned around into a Single and Rory simply was unprepared for that. He did not execute properly the counter for this and ended up on his back.
Demian however was met with a decent butterfly guard as Rory put up a good defense. It took a bit but Demian did pass and mount Rory. Rory did not panic!! He took some shots but went to his frame on Demians hips. He kept this and executed some good, sound, strong fundamental BJJ to escape the mount of a 5 Time BJJ World Champion.Upon escaping Rory got up and started delivering some shots to Demians head before the bell rang. That was round 1.
Round 2 Rory came out this time and did something I like to call MATCH THE LEVEL. Rory was taller but he bent his knees into a good base and kept his level the same as Maia’s. From there Rory worked something I like to do a lot in my class, he Matched The Level, Moved And Struck Maia repeatedly WELL.
Rory kept his low base and masterfully executed great range and timing as he moved each time Maia tried to shoot. Now I would say that Maia is certainly a world class wrestler as good as any All American, but Rory kept his level and and kept his range as he sensed Mais’s movement almost perfectly prior to each shoot.
This enabled Rory not only to make Maias shoot fall short but even when they didn’t and he got close to Rory’s hips Demain was able to sprawl or kick out and shut Maia DOWN completely. Maia kept running into his sternum, shoot after shoot after shoot.
This allowed Rory to then catch Maia standing up with some really High Quality Strikes. Good, strong Jabs, Crosses, Round Kicks to the head and body. Thrown well and then returning right back to that low, low base making sure he was MATCHING MAIA’S LEVEL THE WHOLE TIME.
This is what most students do not understand, when you fight a World Class Wrestler you MUST MATCH THE LEVEL and maintain it throughout the fight. Moving to avoid his shoots, kickout and shut him down or deliver continuous strikes. Rory did this very well on Saturday and it was a pleasure to watch.
On the flip side of the coin Demian like Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo needed desperately to recognize “that if someone has the counter for your attack, that you need to now do something else”. Poor Demian just kept thinking he would shoot harder that he might eventually get it. Well possible but not highly probable when someone has the counter and in fact can end up getting you quite hurt if you insist.
What Demian needed was really proper head movement. He needs to learn from someone who really knows how to do what we do in our school. Which is how to “make your opponent miss”. He needs to master the skill of not just slipping but presenting the target, making the opponent feel he can hit, sensing this and then moving before he does.
Demian had little to no head movement as he stood in front of Rory over and over again trying to shoot. Now Demian is a tough guy for sure but this does not mean that you want to use your head as a BRICK!! He took way too much punishment. Same problem he had in the Anderson Silva fight.
It appears to me that Demian has only one speed, to move forward, attack, attack, attack. Great work if you can get it, but bad if the person simply knows the counter as Rory did and Anderson did.
I hope Demian Maia reads this and Demian I am willing to put my money where my mouth is, come train with me. This is one of my specialties and I KNOW I can make you better. You are great in many things but not in all things. Let me help you. Give me a call and come to my school and I know I can develop in you an Amazing ability not only to make your opponent miss but also destroy the strikes that he throws at you.
To be a Champion it is of course heart but even more it is in having the ANSWERS for the attacks you face. The proper, correct, applicable answers that counter instinctively not some but ALL of your opponents attacks are the only thing that will enable anyone to become an MMA Champion and keep the belt once they get there.
– Alle J. Sachetti