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UFC 211 live blog: Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal

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Demian Maia and Jorge Masvidal will clash on the UFC 211 main card Saturday night.
Demian Maia and Jorge Masvidal will clash on the UFC 211 main card Saturday night.
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This is the UFC 211 live blog for Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal, a welterweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Maia, who has won six straight fights, will square off against Masvidal, who has won three of his past five fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 211 live blog below.

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Round 1: Third man in cage is Terry Hatley. Masvidal not up for the hand touch. Maia waving his right hand out there, obviously looking to take this thing to the ground ASAP. Masvidal sprawls on time right as Maia comes in, and now they go to the fence. Maia selling out for a single leg, and he's taking some punishment for it — lots of fists. They go to ground, with Maia momentarily on the bottom, but Maia not stupid. He doesn't stay there, As they stand, Maia keeps hold, and now he dumps Masvidal down. He has Masvidal's back, and he goes right to work. Masvidal stands up, and he's carrying Maia, who has the body triangle. All Maia's weight is sitting on Masvidal, and this is not a primo position for the Miami brawler. Maia already going for a choke, and he continues to pound away on Masvidal's back. They are still standing. Masvidal controlling Maia's left hand, which is why the choke hasn't been administered. Maia staying on there. He's trying to bend Masvidal down, and can't do it. Trying to link his hands. Masvidal staying poised and defending. It's all Maia, though he's not doing terribly much right this second. He's taking a breather, looks like he is glancing at the jumbotron. Now they go sideways, and Maia ends up on bottom, and Masvidal slams him with a series of punches! Maia okay, though, and he hangs on.Crazy round. A little blood on Maia, and he's limping. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Maia, 10-9

Round 2: Maia to center, and referee stops them for a minute as Masvidal has an issue with tape on his glove. They take care of it, and we're back. They touch gloves that time. Maia favorign his leg, and he shoots in and Masvidal easily thwarts it. Inside leg kick from Masvidal. Another shot, and another sprawl. Inside leg kick again from Masvidal. And again. These are scoring. He's taking it to Maia's leg. Now shoots again for Masvidal, and sits down trying to get Masvidal down, and they scramble. Now Maia, with Masvidal on top, is trying to pull him into his guard. He has ahold of Masvidal's leg. Now Maia coolly turns it, and he has Masvidal where he wants him. Anaconda choke attempt from Masvidal, but he gives it up. Maia now moves to half guard, and trying to lope his leg over into mount. He's in side control for a quick second, and now Masvidal scrambles to a knee. He stands, and Maia on his back. Maia bleeding, but he's still working, He drags Masvidal down, and he's breathing heavy as Masvidal stands up. Still on his back. Once again drags him down. Maia trying to set something up. Maia in control here, and he's throwing some little stuff, mostly trying to set up a sub. He lands some shots at the end, as Masvidal stands and raises his arms to a cheer. Hard, hard round to score. Could be anybody, but we'll say Masvidal for damage. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Masvidal, 10-9 (19-19)

Round 3: Heavy inside leg kick from Masvidal; nothing frivolous about that. Made a sick sound. And he does a body kick follow up. Maia feints a takedown, but he's favoring his leg. Masvidal in the middle, and it's Maia on his bike. He needs to take this down again, as standing there he's the prey. Masvidal lets fly a combo, and there's a sharp counter from Maia, that right hand snapped on time. Kick from Masvidal, and Maia rotates around him. Midway through the round, Maia shoots for a single leg, and on the fence he spins Masvidal down. Here we go. Maia, with his leg tying up Masvidal's, is trying to weave his arms through...and now he does, for a moment, at a difficult angle. Masvidal now flat on the canvas, and Maia on him like a constrictor. Masvidal still alive and well, landing back-swinging elbows from his side. He's fending well. Maia definitely with the crazy position, he has the body lock. Thirty seconds left, and Masvidal surviving. He's even chirping at Maia. Now Maia has Masvidal flattened out, and it's going to end with Maia on Masvidal. Not sure how this fight will be scored. Will give it to Maia that round, as Masvidal didn't do more, that's for sure. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Maia, 10-9 (29-28 for Maia overall)

UFC 211 official results: Demian Maia def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)