Demian Maia scored one of the biggest submissions of his MMA career on Saturday morning.
The Brazilian grappling standout choked out Ben Askren unconscious in the main event of UFC Singapore. Maia pulled off the submission deep into the third round, shocking the MMA community. The 41-year-old fighter is now on a 3-0 run and managed to improve his record to 28-9.
Below is how the pros reacted to Maia’s latest submission win:
i am the best grappler in mma— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) October 26, 2019
they should of let me sub that bum years ago, i would run though that ufc welterweight division in 6 months flat— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) October 26, 2019
Ben skill set is top 25 at best #UFCSingapore— Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) October 26, 2019
Damnnn!! Maia with the 1 handed RNC— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) October 26, 2019
Surprised Askren wanted to go for the takedown when he was actually winning the striking exchanges and considering how dangerous Maia is.
This fight was definitely more intriguing than I thought. #UFCSingapore
So I’m gonna be one of the few to say and ask this...— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) October 26, 2019
How good is Colby Covington then?? #UFCSingapore
This didn’t age well. I also bet the under 4 1/2 tho lol— Chas Skelly (@ChasSkelly) October 26, 2019
Parabens @demianmaia mostrando a superioridade do Jiu-jitsu sempre!!— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) October 26, 2019
— Anthony Rocco Martin (@TonyRoccoMartin) October 26, 2019
I wish I can get a chance to fight maia before he’s done— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 26, 2019