This is the UFC Fight Night 29 live blog for Demian Maia vs. Jake Shields, a welterweight bout at Wednesday's UFC event at the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil.
Maia, who has won four of his past five fights, will face Shields, who is 2-2 (with one no-contest) in his last five fights, in the main event.
Check out the UFC Fight Night 29 live blog below.
Round 1: Shields looks like he can barely wait to start, and here we go. Immediately Maia shoots in on Shields' legs, but is thwarted. They go up on cage, Maia still working for that takedown, and finally he gets it. Shields scoots back to fence, but can't get up. A lot of ground and pound here, but he can't pass guard. Shields able to stand up and now it's Shields with the body lock trying to throw Maia. Underhooks for Maia, and he trips Shileds down. He sits in butterfly guard, but he's back up -- but right away, Maia gets his back. Now Shields with a hula-hoop reversal and ends up in Maia's guard. Now it's Shields working from the top. Maia in butterfly guard, pushing with his heels to keep Shields at bay. Shields lands some left hands on Maia. Still can't pass guard, but seems content dropping elbows. He might have stole this round in the end. It was Maia early, Shields late. MMA Fighting scores R1 10-9 for Shields.
Round 2: It's Shields who drops for the takedown first in the second round, but Maia turns tables on him for a minute and puts him on fence. Shields reverses and gets Maia on his back. Now he is going to work in Maia's guard. Shields very patient in his ground and pound, but effectively shutting down Maia's offense. Maia using butterfly guard again, and trying to create space with his heels, but Shields maneuvering brilliantly to half guard. He lands a couple of punches there before Maia gets back into butterfly. Maia momentarily thought about a triangle, but wasn't there. Shields continues the assault. Maia not ever handled like this on the ground. Shields once again advances to side guard, and Maia turns. Maia with a whizzer, and keeping Shields snug in his chest, but can't get much else. Shields pries loose and drops an elbow from guard. It's not been easy, but Shields getting it done on top. MMA Fighting scores R2 10-9 for Shields (20-18 overall).
Round 3: Maia still with spring in his step. They begin trading jabs in the center, with Shields dishing leg kicks with nothing much behind them. Neither man over anxious for the takedown a minute into the third. Maia lands a good left hand, which lands and ultimately prompts Shields to shoot in for a double leg. Maia, as he did earlier in the fight, reverses and puts Shields on the fence. They scramble, and back to the center we go. Maia starts throwing and landing, once again with the left. He grabs his side and throws Shields to the ground, and right as he begins to go to work Shields reversed again! He goes right to work in half guard. Maia lets out a breath in frustration. Shields relentless. Once again Shields goes about working towards advancing his position. He tries to throw his leg over Maia for mount, but Maia instinctively lifts his own leg to prevent it. Shields dropping little hammerfists onto Maia, staying busy as he tries to pass into half guard. Maia with futile efforts to get up. Shields lunges in with elbow. Maia clearly getting the worse of things after three, even with Shields showing a purple mouse under his left eye. MMA Fighting scores R3 10-9 for Shields (30-27 overall).
Round 4: Shields shoots for the double leg and they go across the cage in a back pedal for Maia. As Shields grinds him into the fence, Maia (once again) reverses. And Shields returns the favor. Shields leaning on Maia as the referee warns them to stay busy. They stay in that position so the referee breaks them up. Back to center, Shields wastes no time and shoots again, and hammerfists from Maia. Finally it's Maia on top, and Shields looks up at the Octagon lights and lets out a deep breath. Maia working on his ribs with his fists. Now drops an elbow through the arms of Shields. Still hammering away at Shields' ribs. Now Goddard stands them up, to the crowd's dismay. Back to center, and Maia unleashes a left that stings Shields. Shields fires off a front kick that doesn't land clean, and Maia returns another left. Maia moves forward with a combo as the bell rings. MMA Fighting scores R4 for Maia, (39-37 for Shields over all)
Round 5: Last round, and Maia is letting his hands go. Shields throwing leg kicks on Maia's lead leg, but not a lot behind them. Shields tried for a takedown, but Maia able to thwart him. Back to the middle, where Shields telegraphs a high-crotch single-leg, and Maia hops back to the fence with Shields attached. Goddard wants action. Maia turns Shields around and gets underhooks. As they part, Maia sneaks in a short elbow into Shields' grill. Both guys considerably slowed. Shields hands staying down pretty low. Maia's too. Maia's corner wants him to put Shields on the cage, but they are hovering near the middle. Shields sets up a head kick with a jab, but it's checked. Shields again shoots for the takedown, and Maia turns elastic, fend him off. Shields still working for it, now against the fence. Thirty seconds left, and Goddard separates them. They swing at each other with ten seconds left. Maia crashes a couple of shots home as the bell rings. MMA Fighting scores R5 10-9 for Maia, (49-48 for Shields overall)
UFC Fight Night 29 results: Jake Shields def. Demian Maia via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)