It wasn’t necessarily the barn-burner mainstream fans were hoping to see between Jake Shields (pictured) and Demian Maia on Wednesday night in Brazil, but their 25-minute affair was entertaining enough for most hardcore MMA enthusiasts.
The chances of either jiu jitsu specialist submitting the other was slim, and obviously that didn’t happen. There was plenty of clinching, some wrestling by Shields, and this and that.
When the dust settled on their scrap, Shields did the near impossible by taking a split decision win in Maia’s homeland of Brazil.
Despite bringing Maia’s torrid run to a halt, the victory didn’t necessarily catapult Shields up the welterweight totem pole.
UFC Fight Night 29 took place inside Jose Correa Arena in Sao Paulo.
Please click the media player below to watch the highlights: