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JENNIFER MAIA

AGE

30

RECORD

16-5-1

REACH

64”

HEIGHT

5'4''

WEIGHT

125LB

STANCE

SOUTHPAW

CAMP

CHUTE BOXE

HOMETOWN

CURITIBA, PARANA, BRAZIL

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT MARCH 2019 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 148 – VS ALEXIS DAVIS

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Maia opens the fight with an inside leg kick. Both fighters exchange punches! Maia is more precise. She moves forward and lands a one-two combination. Stiff jab lands for Maia! Another one-two cracks Davis! Maia is looking more confident. Davis establishes the pressure. She eats another one-two combination! 1st min in, Davis initiates the clinch against the fence. Maia is working for the separation. Davis is putting strong pressure on Maia. Mai explodes with a couple of knees to the body. Davis backs off and they are back in the center. Maia closes the distance with a couple of punches and finishes with a knee to the body. Davis initiates another clinch. Davis lands a couple of nice knees to the body. Halfway in, Davis is outworking Maia in the clinch. Maia separates and unloads on Davis with the punches! She i s landing hard punches! Big uppercuts are landing for Maia! Davis is hurt! Davis dives for a takedown! Maia defends.  Maia continues to destroy Davis! Big one-two lands for Maia! Maia backs off. She swings with another right but Davis initiates the clinch and slows down the action. Maia reverses the clinch position. 1 min to go, Maia is working for a takedown. Davis defends against the fence. Both fighters are landing nice knees. Davis has a hard time separating. 10-9 Maia

Rd 2 – Davis takes the center. Maia is moving on the outside. Both fighters exchange punches! Maia is landing cleanly. Nice front kick to the body lands for Maia. Hard leg kick lands for Davis! Maia counters with a hard right hand over the top! Both fighters are very aggressive. Big one-two lands for Maia! Davis tries to counter but she is out of the range. 1st min in, Maia is picking Davis apart. Beautiful straight right lands for Maia. Davis is looking for a brawl. Maia fires a leg kick. Davis catches the kick and scores the takedown! Davis takes the mount position! Maia is in trouble! Maia rolls to her right and gets the half guard back. Halfway in, Davis establishes control. She is putting strong pressure on Maia. Maia is looking desperate. She has no answer for the wrestling of Davis. Davis is threatening with the submissions. Maia is doing a good job defending on the bottom. Davis explodes and lands a couple of hard elbows! 1 min to go, Davis is doing a phenomenal job on the mat. Davis is busy with the short punches. 10-9 Davis

Rd 3 – Maia opens the round with a left hook. Maia explodes and lands a one-two over the top! Davis absorbs and continues with the pressure. Maia steps in once again and lands a two-punch combo! Maia is outboxing Davis early. Maia is very fast in stepping in and out of the range. 1st min in, Davis moves in and lands a leg kick but eats a right hook counter. Maia is exploding with the punches. She is mixing her striking high and low, destroying Davis in the process. Big one-two lands for Maia! Davis has no answer on the feet. Davis misses with the head kick. Maia responds with another one-two. Maia is looking more confident. Halfway in, Davis is eating counter punches. Maia is displaying great boxing skills. Maia steps forward and lands a right hand. She losses her balance but explodes back to her feet. Davis closes the distance with the leg. Maia explodes and once again destroys Davis with the left-cross! Her counter combinations are perfect in this round. Stiff jab lands for Maia. Davis scores with a couple of hard leg kicks. 1 min to go, Both fighters exchange hard straight punches! Davis is destroying the lead leg of Maia with the kicks. Maia has a hard time defending them. Davis comes in and forces the clinch. Maia separates and lands a left hand. Big kick lands for Davis! 10-9 Maia

WATCH FIGHT

JULY 2018 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 133 – VS LIZ CARMOUCHE

RESULT – LOST VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Carmouche opens the fight with a right hand over the top. Carmouche is switching stances. Carmouche lands a one-two combination. Maria is working with leg kicks.  1st min in, Carmouche pushes forward and initiates the clinch. Carmouche takes the body lock and takes Maia down to the mat. Carmouche is in the side control position. She is landing hard elbows from the top! Maia manages to stand up. Fighters are in the clinch. Carmouche is back against the fence. Maia is landing knees to the body. Halfway in, Fighters are passive in the clinch. The referee stops the fight due to inactivity. The fight continues in the center. Hard right hand lands for Maia! Carmouche absorbs the shot. Big right hand lands for Carmouche! Maia absorbs the shot well 1 min to go, Carmouche is looking more accurate during the exchanges. Maia pushes forward and lands a right hand. Another right hand lands for Maia. Body kick lands for Carmouche. Carmouche is looking more creative. Maia is putting pressure on Carmouche as the round ends. 10-9 Carmouche

Rd 2 – Carmouche is in the orthodox stance. Carmouche is flat on her feet. Maia is bouncing on the outside. Maia is looking to land a big right hand. Carmouche is waiting for the counter attack. Maia fakes the right hand to the body and lands a left hand over the top. 1st min in, leg kick lands for Carmouche. Maia pushes forward and lands a right hand over the top. Nice counter right hand lands for Carmouche. Halfway in, Maia is looking lighter on her feet. Maia pushes forward and initiates the clinch. Not much action in the clinch. Maia has a body lock. The referee stops the fight due to inactivity. The fight continues in the center. Maia is putting pressure on Carmouche with the one-two combinations. 1 min to go, Carmouche pushes forward and lands an uppercut. Maia initiates the clinch. Carmouche trips Maia and takes her down to the mat. Carmouche is in the side control position. Carmouche makes a transition to the full mount! Carmouche is throwing hard punches from the top! Carmouche shoots for an armbar as the round ends! 10-9 Carmouche

Rd 3 – Carmouche is in the orthodox stance. Carmouche is flat on her feet. Maia is bouncing on the outside. Maia is looking to land a big right hand. Carmouche is waiting for the counter attack. Maia fakes the right hand to the body and lands a left hand over the top. 1st min in, leg kick lands for Carmouche. Maia pushes forward and lands a right hand over the top. Nice counter right hand lands for Carmouche. Halfway in, Maia is looking lighter on her feet. Maia pushes forward and initiates the clinch. Not much action in the clinch. Maia has a body lock. The referee stops the fight due to inactivity. The fight continues in the center. Maia is putting pressure on Carmouche with the one-two combinations. 1 min to go, Carmouche pushes forward and lands an uppercut. Maia initiates the clinch. Carmouche trips Maia and takes her down to the mat. Carmouche is in the side control position. Carmouche makes a transition to the full mount! Carmouche is throwing hard punches from the top! Carmouche shoots for an armbar as the round ends! 10-9 Carmouche 

WATCH FIGHT

DECEMBER 2017 INVICTA FC 26 – AGA NIEDZWIEDZ

RESULT – WON VIA 5th RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Aga slowly takes the center and establishes the pressure. Both fighters are patient and measuring their range. Nice one-two combination lands for Maia. Aga moves forward with the right hand but eats a short uppercut from Maia. 1st min in, Aga pushes with a front kick. Maia answers with a one-two over the top. Maia has found her timing on the counter punches early in the fight. Aga moves forward and initiates the clinch. Maia lands a right hand on the separation. Aga is still searching for her range. She starts opening up with the kicks. Maia moves in and lands a big right hand! She follows the attack with the clinch against the fence. Maia is working for a takedown. She is looking comfortable in the clinch. Aga is trying to break the posture of Maia by pushing her head. Halfway in, Maia is landing nice Muay Thai knees to the body. Maia separates from the clinch. Aga explodes with the punches and lands a nice overhand left! Maia escapes to the center. Another right hand lands for Aga. Both fighters exchange punches in the center. Aga connects with a hard right hand and drops Maia down!!! 1st min in, Aga jumps into the guard position. Maia pulls the rubber guard. She is controlling the posture from the bottom. Maia is working for a triangle choke! Aga escapes the danger. Aga makes a transition to the side control position as the round ends. 10-9 Aga

Rd 2 – Aga opens the fight with a kick to the body. She follows with the right hand and lands! Maia goes down!!! Aga starts unloading on Maia with the punches!!! Maia level changes and initiates the clinch. Maia is controlling Aga against the fence. Nice elbow lands for Maia. 1st min in, Aga is working for a separation. She is confident standing and trading punches. Maia is busy with the knees. Aga manages to separate from the clinch. Maia is light on her feet. Aga fires a kick to the body. Maia counters with the right hand over the top. Nice jab-cross lands for Maia! Halfway in, she is the aggressor. Aga is looking to set up the punches with the kicks. She dives for a takedown but eats a two-punch combo coming in! Maia is looking sharp and confident. Both fighters exchange leg kicks. Nice step in straight left hand lands for Maia! She is outboxing Aga in the second part of the round. Aga initiates the clinch. Maia reverses the clinch position. 1 min to go, Maia has the under hooks. She is working for a takedown. Aga has a hard time separating. She is eating hard knees. 10-9 Maia

Rd 3 – Aga quickly takes the center. Maia is exploding with the kicks from the outside. Aga moves in with the right hand. Maia counters with a stiff jab and partially drops Aga! Aga continues with the pressure. She is swinging straight punches coming in. Maia is doing a good job countering with the jab. 1st min in, Stiff jab lands for Maia. She follows with a 3 punch combo and lands! Aga spots the danger standing up and quickly level changes for a takedown. Aga grabs the single leg and gets the takedown. Aga is in the half guard position. Maia is defending from the bottom. Aga is looking to pass the guard.  Halfway in, Maia scrambles and gets the guard back. Aga is displaying strong top control. She makes a transition to the half guard once again and lands a couple of left hands. Mai scrambles and gets the guard once again. Aga is putting strong pressure on Maia. Maia scrambles and pushes Aga away. She explodes back to her feet and initiates the clinch against the fence. 1 min to go, Maia is looking strong in the clinch. She is putting strong pressure on Aga. She doesn’t give Aga any space to work. 10-9 Aga 

Rd 4 – Aga continues to march forward. Maia fires a one-two combination and lands! Aga fires a left hand but eats a hard straight counter! Maia is walking Aga down. She initiates the clinch against the fence and starts opening up with the knees. 1st min in, Maia is feeling comfortable in the clinch. Aga has a hard time separating. Aga is breathing heavily. Maia is working the body with the knees and short punches. Aga explodes and reverses the clinch position. Fighters are fighting for the under hooks. Halfway in, Maia reverses the position and continues her Muay Thai work. Aga explodes once again but fails to reverse the position. Maia is displaying her exceptional clinch game. Aga explodes once again and lands a big elbow over the top! Aga reverses the clinch position. 1 min to go, Maia reverses the clinch position once again. She is tiring Aga out. Fighters are passive in the clinch. Aga is desperately trying to separate. 10-9 Maia 

Rd 5 – Aga takes the center and opens the round with a couple of leg kicks. Maia responds with a couple of hard kicks! Both fighters are looking fresh. Aga closes the distance but eats a hard left hand! Mai is countering the attacks perfectly. 1st min in, Maia fakes the left hand and lands a hard right over the top! Stiff jab lands for Maia. She is looking much faster during the exchanges. Right hand gets through for Maia. Her boxing is sharp. Aga has a hard time connecting. She eats another hard right hand. Maia is picking her shots well. Halfway in, every time Aga step is she eats something big. Maia is working behind her jab. Aga is still pressing forward. Her face is busted up. Aga wakes up and lands a nice straight right hand. Maia doesn’t throw volume; she is throwing a single punch at the time. Aga level changes and initiates the clinch against the fence. 1 min to go, Maia separates. Aga lands a nice one-two combination. She follows the attack with more punches. Maia displays nice head movement as she slips all of them. Aga explodes and lands a two-punch combo! Maia responds!  Both fighters are swinging hard punches! 10-9 Aga 

WATCH FIGHT

RECORD BREAKDOWN

22 MATCHES 16 WINS 5 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 3 1
SUBMISSION 5 1
DECISION 8 3
DRAWS 1
NO CONTEST

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Maia is a talented Muay Thai fighter with great boxing skills.
  • She is a former professional boxer with a record of 3-0.
  • She is the former Invicta FC Strawweight champion.
  • Maia has made her UFC debut against Carmouche.
  • She is the Muay Thai black belt.
  • After the Carmouche fight, Maia had a serious knee injury which put her away for a while.
  • Maia does her best work on the feet. She has fast hands and she is throwing precise volume strikes.
  • Maia is a slow starter as seen against Aga and Carmouche. She is picking up the pace as the fight goes.
  • Against Carmouche, Maia has shown bad takedown defense. She got outworked on the mat also.
  • Maia is looking phenomenal in the clinch. She is very strong and constantly landing hard knees to the body as seen against Aga.