UFC Picks: Demian Maia Isn't Done Until I Say He’s Done

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 1:00 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019 1:00 PM UTC

Demian Maia only loses to the top 3 at 170 and that's not Rocco Martin. He is the UFC’s premier grappler and his advantage will overcome his age.
<div><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Demian Maia vs Anthony Rocco Martin</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:35 PM EDT</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Free UFC Pick: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/ufc/anthony-rocco-martin-vs-demian-maia-3820821/odds/" target="_blank">Demian Maia</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Recommended Sportsbook: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4573&amp;book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pinnacle -177</a></strong></p><div style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3820821, "sportsbooksIds":[238,19,169,139,1096], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</div><div style="text-align:center"> </div><div><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/ufc/anthony-rocco-martin-vs-demian-maia-3820821/odds/" target="_blank">Demian Maia</a> (26-9) is the strongest pure grappler the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/boxing-mma-ufc-betting/" target="_blank">UFC </a>has ever seen and he is levels above anybody else. Maia recently went on a 3 fight skid after going on a 7 fight win streak. The 3 fight losing streak that saw the MMA betting community decided he was old and washed included the literal top 3 fighters at 170. Maia found and lost to Tyron Woodley, Colby Covington, and Kamaru Usman. These 3 men are 1, 2, and 3 in the division and all are phenomenal high level wrestlers which allowed them to defend Maia’s chain wrestling advances and never saw them in submission trouble.</div><div> </div><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Welcome back, &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/demianmaia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@DemianMaia&lt;/a&gt;! 🇧🇷&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Tune in ➡️ &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/7gsc6RQiv8\"&gt;https://t.co/7gsc6RQiv8&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/UFCFortaleza?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#UFCFortaleza&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/3dGkoLdtcf\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/3dGkoLdtcf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— UFC (@ufc) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1091886911558320128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;February 3, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</div><div>The only men who are not pure wrestlers who were able to beat Demian Maia at 185 were Nate Marquardt, who defeated him by KO back in 2009, and Anderson Silva, who was just too much too soon in Maia’s MMA career. Maia has polished his game since and the only way you can survive is if you can out-grapple him and precious few men can manage that at 170. Maia reminded us just how good he is when he returned against Lyman Good. If you tailed the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/ufc/anthony-rocco-martin-vs-demian-maia-3820821/odds/" target="_blank">picks </a>here we gave you a home run winner with Maia as he submitted good in the first round just as expected.</div><div> </div><div><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/ufc/anthony-rocco-martin-vs-demian-maia-3820821/odds/" target="_blank">Anthony Rocco Martin</a> is very accomplished on the ground himself and he is aggressive and a powerful striker as well. Rocco is 29 years old and coming into the prime of his career and looking to go on a title run. This is a passing of the torch fight and either Rocco will announce himself ready as a contender or Maia will send him back down the ladder. Rocco gives up take downs very easily and generally it seems like he is so confident in his ground game he just doesn't mind if it goes there. That will be his undoing in this fight and Martin has been submitted twice already in the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/search/keyword/Anthony-Rocco-Martin-32530263.html" target="_blank">UFC </a>and lost 2 decision to strong grapplers. Rocco will not be able to defend the chain wrestling of Maia and, once he gives up the take down, Maia does not let you back up. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/ufc/anthony-rocco-martin-vs-demian-maia-3820821/odds/" target="_blank">I expect Demian Maia to win by submission in the first round</a>.</div><div> </div></div>
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