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EFC 154 PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Demon Maia and Daniel Taker. Maia comes to the cage accompanied by Numb/Encore. Daniel Taker acknowledges the crowd's support as he enters the cage.

183 cm
29
188 lbs
12 - 10 - 0
173 cm
25
190 lbs
9 - 4 - 0
Good wrestling
Excellent boxer
Cardio machine
Olympic wrestler
Decent boxing
Good gas tank

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 12 wins, 10 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Hilo, Demon Maia!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 9 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Hilo, Daniel Taker!
The judges for this bout are Ryoma Takatsuka, Jeff Smith and Roger Salmon.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Taker with a lazy takedown attempt
and Maia counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Taker throws a sloppy body shot
and Maia counters with a nice body shot.

Taker moves into the clinch.
Taker tries for a takedown. No joy.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Maia.
Maia tries to break the clinch but Taker is controlling the position.
Taker has had enough of the clinch and is looking to separate.
Taker throws a vicious knee straight up the middle but Maia blocks it with crossed arms.
Nice body punch from Maia.
Taker is working for a takedown up against the cage. He can't get it on this occasion though.
Demon Maia has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Daniel Taker.
Maia makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Maia is trying to slow down the pace of the fight but Taker is keeping busy.
A body shot lands from Maia.
Maia lands with a right to the head.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!
Maia looking to slow down the pace here.
Maia lands an elbow inside.
Taker drops down for a takedown but doesn't get it.

Maia pulls guard effortlessly.

That's one minute gone in the round.
If this pace continues, the referee will definitely step in and force a standup.
Maia trying to control the position.
Maia utilising some decent striking defenses from the guard, preventing the ground and pound.
Both fighters really going for it on the ground here!
Maia working the defensive guard well to avoid strikes from Taker.
Maia looking to hit a scissor sweep but Taker is one step ahead there.
There's a bit of a scramble here and now Maia is on top in guard.
Taker looking for a sweep. Not yet Taker, not yet.
Maia pressing down on his opponent's thigh, looking to pass guard. Taker is keeping the position for now.
Maia trying to control but Taker is working from the bottom.
Taker looking to control the pace of the fight rather than finish it.

That's two minutes gone in the round.

We're going to have a standup here because Demon Maia wasn't active enough for the referee's liking.
Taker shoots and misses
and Maia counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Good shot there by Maia.
Taker misses with a hook to the body
and Maia counters with a nice jab to the body that keeps Taker thinking.
Taker takes an uppercut right on the button but keeps his composure.
Maia displays good takedown defense there as he swats away a double leg from Taker.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Maia leaves Taker with his face pressed against the mat as he sprawls beautifully, defending against a solid takedown attempt.
Taker fails with the takedown
and Maia counters with a right hand to the body.
Maia misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.

Taker gets to the clinch - let's see what his plan is here.

Taker is trying to trip Maia. He has hold of a leg but Maia is hopping around, keeping his balance for the moment. Taker persists though and gets the takedown into guard.

Maia uses the cage to get back to his feet.
Daniel Taker seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Taker closes this distance looking for a takedown but Maia circles away.
Taker looks winded!

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Nice takedown defense from Maia. No joy for Taker on that attempt.
Taker has his takedown stuffed
and Maia counters with a slapping leg kick.
The crowd cheers as Maia lands an impressive looking overhand right. Taker doesn't seem phased though.
Taker misses with a body shot
and Maia counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Taker with a lazy takedown attempt
and Maia makes him pay by landing a thudding low kick.
Taker takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Taker avoids a kick to the body.
Taker misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Maia.
Taker is looking to clinch.
Maia fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Taker has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Maia tries a head kick but it misses.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Taker shoots in for a takedown but Maia shows good takedown defense there and keeps this one on the feet.
Maia pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Maia stuns Taker with a nice body shot, before stepping back out of range.
Taker throws a combination that misses
and Maia cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Maia is looking to wear down Taker with body shots, infact he's throwing more body shots than head shots at the moment.
Taker shoots in but Maia avoids the takedown attempt easily.
Taker misses with a hook. Maia ducked under it nicely.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Taker moves out of range as Maia throws a body kick.
Taker misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Maia.
The crowd are going absolutely nuts as the round comes to an end - what a fantastic round of action!
Taker with a poor takedown
and Maia counters with a lovely straight right hand!
Taker misses with a wild body shot.
Taker doesn't succeed with the takedown
and Maia counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Demon Maia dominated that round.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Maia stuffs a takedown. It's all about dictating where the fight takes place and Maia wants it to stay on the feet.

Maia tries to sprawl but Taker drives through with a takedown into half guard.
Maia wants to get back to full guard.
Maia manages to get to full guard.
Maia looking to control.
Maia lands a beautiful switch and he's in full mount! That could spell trouble for Taker!
Taker prevents Maia from taking his back.
Maia tries to control but Taker wriggling away.
Taker is desperately trying to improve his position but Maia has a good base and remains in mount.
Taker tries to hold on but Maia pushes him away.
Maia tries to control but Taker wriggling away.

That's one minute gone in the round.
If this pace continues, the referee will definitely step in and force a standup.
Demon Maia overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.

The referee decides to stand the fighters back up, due to lack of activity on the part of Demon Maia.
A swing and a miss from Taker.
Taker is trying hard to land a takedown here. Maia sprawls well and keeps this one on the feet.
Taker moves to clinch but Maia breaks away
and Maia counters with a right hand to the body.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Taker keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
Taker misses with a takedown attempt - Maia sprawls well and throws a nice strike on the way out which just misses.
Demon Maia has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Daniel Taker.
Maia misses with an attempted mid kick.
Taker misses with a takedown attempt
and Maia counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Demon Maia is looking to keep the fight on the feet at all costs.
Taker is breathing heavily.
Taker takes a jab right on the kisser.
Taker misses with a takedown attempt
and Maia counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Maia lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
Demon Maia is winning the standup battle so far.
Maia throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Taker moves to clinch but Maia breaks away
and Maia counters with a nice body shot.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Maia throws out a powerful jab.
Taker with a lazy takedown attempt
letting Maia counter with a right hand.
Taker thows a left - swing and a miss!
Maia throws a head kick that misses.
Taker blocks the body kick.
Taker shoots in but doesn't get the takedown
and Maia counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.

Taker shoots in and bounces Maia off the cage to secure the takedown into guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.

Maia looking for submissions from the bottom here. Moving his hips around, possibly looking for an armbar.
Maia trying to keep a closed guard but Taker is proving a slippery customer.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!
Taker must be cautious of submissions here, given that his opponent has the superior Jiu Jitsu.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Maia is trying to stand up but he's not managed so far.
Maia looking for a sweep. Not yet Maia, not yet.
Taker is working the ground and pound from guard. He might want to try advancing position though to get more of an impact.
Taker wants to control from the top but Maia keeps moving.
The fighters are pressed up against the cage, both looking to find a bit of space to work.

Maia looking for a guillotine here but Taker defends easily.

Maia has his foot on Taker's thigh. He's trying to push off and get in position for a triangle, I think. Taker works his way back into a safe position though.
Taker connects with a couple of short punches.
Maia looking for a sweep. Not yet Maia, not yet.
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
Taker throws a big elbow that misses.
Taker pushing down on Maia's thigh, trying to pass to half guard. He's managed it... Nice work.
The fighters are battling for position here. Maia manages to regain full guard. Nice work.
Maia looking for a sweep. Not yet Maia, not yet.
Taker throwing shots from guard but he's hitting more mat than opponent.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Demon Maia dominated that second round.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin! This is the final round!


Maia takes a swing at Taker's ribcage but misses.
Taker wants to clinch up but Maia keeps it at a distance.
Taker gets his takedown attempt stuffed easily
and Maia counters with a flying knee. Nice.
Taker tries to score a power double leg takedown but Maia sees that one coming and sprawls well. That will dishearten Taker somewhat.
Taker throws a left and a right that both miss
and Maia cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
Maia is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.
Taker shoots for a takedown but Maia saw that one coming a mile off and avoided it easily.
Demon Maia has stuffed three takedown attempts in the round now. That's going to take a lot out of Daniel Taker.
Taker fails with a rather predictable takedown attempt.
Maia tries a head kick but it misses.
A head kick misses from Maia.
Taker fails with a takedown attempt from distance.
Taker takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Maia looks to land a body kick but Taker moved away.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Taker misses with a straight right.
Taker misses with a combination
and Maia counters with a big head kick but Taker shrugs it off.
Taker with a poor takedown
and Maia counters with a body kick that brings a smile to the face of both fighters.
Maia throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
A head kick misses from Maia.
Taker misses with an uppercut
and Maia counters with a stiff right hand.
Maia throws a head kick that misses and slips in the process. He scrambles back to his feet and the fighters circle.
Maia keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Taker shoots in looking for a double leg takedown. Maia defends it nicely.
Taker fails in his attempt to clinch.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Taker fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Maia manages to avoid it.
Taker with a poor takedown
and Maia counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Maia lands with a shot to the body.
Taker doesn't succeed with the takedown
and Maia counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Taker has his takedown stuffed
and Maia counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Taker misses with a takedown attempt
and Maia counters with a right hand to the body.
Maia lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Taker misses with a takedown
and Maia connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Maia throws a sloppy head kick and Taker moves out of range easily.
Taker looks to clinch
and Maia makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Nice uppercut there from Maia.
Taker takes one on the button.
Maia misses with a wild body shot.
Taker throws a looping left and ducks down for a takedown. He's got his arms around Maia's waist but Maia gets an underhook and avoids the takedown by throwing Taker off to one side.
Taker tries for a takedown but Maia circles away easily
and Maia counters with a straight right hand.
Maia throws a nice head kick!
Taker swings wildly with a couple of big hooks
and Maia counters with an outside leg kick.
Maia lands with a straight right. Taker didn't see that one coming.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Taker misses with a takedown attempt
and Maia counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Taker closes this distance looking for a takedown but Maia circles away.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from Maia, right into the meat.
Maia pushes forward with a 1-2 combination that forces Taker back to the cage. Maia follows up with a solid lead hook to the liver.
Taker avoids the head kick by Maia.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Maia pulls out of a head kick attempt.
Taker shoots in looking for a takedown. Maia tries to sprawl out of it but Taker keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Maia manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
Taker tries to clinch but Maia is having none of it.
As the round comes to an end the crowd are showing their appreciation for a great round of action.
Taker closes the distance looking to clinch
and Maia counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.

And that's the end of the fight!
Demon Maia showed his dominance in that final round.
Well Maia has outscored his opponent in every aspect of the fight today. Only a scarily incompetent judge or two will keep him from a well deserved win... Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Ryoma Takatsuka scores the fight 30:27
Judge Jeff Smith scores the fight 30:27
Judge Roger Salmon scores the fight 30:27

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Demon Maia!

Demon Maia very nearly forgot to thank Valhalla Fight Wear amongst all the excitement of his win but just as the interview came to a close, he screamed their name. Hopefully he'll get a few nice freebies in the mail as a thank you.
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