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UFC Fortaleza results: Demian Maia puts on clinic, finishes Lyman Good

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Don’t ship Demian Maia off to MMA’s old-age home just yet.

The 41-year-old former ADCC gold medalist and two-weight-class UFC title challenger from Sao Paulo remains one of the game’s elite submission artists, a lesson Lyman Good learned the hard way in their main-card welterweight bout at UFC Fortaleza.

Maia used a rear-naked choke to become the first competitor ever to stop the former Bellator welterweight champion, getting the job done at the 2:38 mark of the opening round.

“Yeah that’s my strategy, that’s my strength,” Maia said through an interpreter. “He’s a very good opponent, but that was a good submission.”

Maia wasted little time taking Good’s back, and from there working into position for the choke. Good stood and tried to get into position to throw Maia from his back, but that opening never arrived. Maia sunk his hooks in deep and Good had no choice but to surrender.

With his 13th career submission victory, Maia (26-9) snapped a three-fight losing streak. He also indicated he has at least two more fights left in him before he thinks about calling it a career.

“I still have two more fights left in my contract,” said Maia, who made his company debut at UFC 77. “Let’s see what happens.”

Good (20-5, 1 NC) is now 2-2 in the UFC, alternating wins and losses along the way.