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Thursday, 01/19/2012, 12:37 pm

UFC NEWS – Weidman Not Worried About Maia On The Ground, Ready To Show Off Submissions Of His Own


“I’m not worried at all. I have a lot of respect for his jiu-jitsu, but if we go to the ground, I’m confident and excited to prove where I’m at with my jiu-jitsu. He’s going to have a lot to worry about, too. If we go to the floor, I’m looking for submissions just like it’s anybody else. I’m not the guy who’s going to be starstruck. I believe in myself and I think I can go in there and submit him. There’s definitely a risk, but I could fight Joe Schmoe tomorrow and lose. That’s the way this sport is. So I’m not holding out to fight guys that aren’t that good. I’d rather take my risk against guys that people think are real good. I’m excited about that. There’s pressure that goes with every fight whether you’re the favorite, underdog or there on short notice. The bottom line is I’ve got to go in there and eat him up on January 28th.”

The highly touted, undefeated, Chris Weidman tells mmafighting.com that he is not afraid of Demian Maia’s ground game.

The two have agreed to face each other with just 10 days remaining on the calendar until their fight. Scheduled for the UFC’s second appearance on FOX TV, Weidman has everything to gain and nothing to lose in taking on Maia, who is a former number-one contender and a top ranked opponent.

Is his mindset the correct one to have? Can he fend off the ground assault of Maia and put on an offense of his own? Or is trying to take out one of the best ground guy in the sport using his own game a bad idea?

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