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UFC 194 live blog: Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson

Demian Maia aims for his fourth straight win at UFC 194 on Saturday night.
Demian Maia aims for his fourth straight win at UFC 194 on Saturday night.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the UFC 194 live blog for Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson, a welterweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Maia, who has won three of his past five fights, will face Nelson, who has won four of his past five UFC fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 194 live blog below.

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Round 1: John McCarthy is the referee. Maia is stalking early and shoots early on Nelson against the fence. Nelson reverses him briefly before they return to their feet. Maia is all over him and Nelson reverses, ending up in reverse half guard. Maia gets to his feet and takes the back of Nelson. Nelson tries to shuck him off and can't. Maia moves to mount. Nelson tries to struggle free and can't. Maia goes back to the back of Nelson and is being absolutely dominated here. Maia goes for an armbar, but somehow Nelson hits a hitchhiker escape.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Maia

Round 2: Nelson looks tired and Maia shoots, catches a single and scores, but gets reversed. Still, Maia holds on and tries to score a trip and finds a way to take the back again as Nelson tried to balance himself. Nelson tries to stay on his side as Maia moves to mount and pours on punches. Nelson briefly reverses, but Maia secures an underhook and gets the sweep. Maia moves to mount again and lands a series of punishing elbows.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Maia

Round 3: Nelson shucks off the first takedown, but Maia is on him. Nelson attempts a guillotine, but Maia easily escapes it. Nelson is trying to hang on in half guard, but he's getting absolutely dominated. Again, Maia takes the back and is working for a choke, but it's not tight and not under the chin. Maia abandons it to keep punches. Nelson gets his shoulder blades to the mat and reverses into Maia's guard, but it's way too little, way too late.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Maia and the fight 30-27 Maia

Demian Maia def. Gunnar Nelson via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)