Jennifer Maia
Uses boxing to get first UFC win
FlyweightUFC
March 23, 2019
Maia defeated Alexis Davis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 148 in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Maia may have been looking to make a statement after coming off a six-month suspension due to a failed USADA test, as she threw her hands early and often in this one, stinging Davis when she would try to blitz into the pocket with strikes. An ill-timed kick in the second round forced her to spend time on her back but she reverted back to her boxing in the third frame to take the decision. Maia is a former Invicta champion, and certainly has the technical striking to be a force in this division but she needs to work on her ground defense before she can be considered a contender. Maia improves to 16-5-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
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Set to return at UFC Nashville
FlyweightUFC
January 20, 2019
Maia (suspension) will fight Alexis Davis at UFC Nashville on Mar. 23, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The Brazilian fighter was handed a six-month suspension earlier in January, though because it was retroactive to mid-August, she'll be able to return for the March bout. Maia has a tough opponent on her hands in Davis, as the Canadian is two inches taller than her and has much more experience in the UFC promotion, compiling a 6-3 record in her time.
Accepts six-month suspension
FlyweightUFC
January 15, 2019
Maia accepted a six-month suspension Tuesday for a violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN reports.
ANALYSIS
Maia tested positive for banned substances from a contaminated dietary supplement back in mid-August, so her suspension will retroactively start at that point. With that, Maia still has two months before she can be cleared to fight again.
Drops decision to Liz Carmouche in UFC debut
FlyweightUFC
July 14, 2018
Maia dropped her UFC debut on Saturday, falling to Liz Carmouche via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Boise, Idaho.
ANALYSIS
The reigning Invicta Flyweight Champion, Maia had a rough go of it in her UFC debut. She struggled with the grappling game of Carmouche and was unable to use her world-class striking skills to her advantage. Maia gets a bit of a pass considering it was her first fight with the company, but she needs to rebound her next time out. The fighter we saw on Saturday isn't going to make an impact in the UFC unless she performs considerably better.
Draws Liz Carmouche in UFC debut
FlyweightUFC
May 1, 2018
Maia will make her UFC debut against Liz Carmouche in a flyweight matchup at UFC Boise on July 14, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Maia signed a deal with the UFC back in February, and now the reigning Invicta FC Flyweight Champion finally has a fight. Though Maia hasn't lost a fight in three years, she'll draw a tough customer in Carmouche, who has faced the best female bantamweights and strawweights over her UFC tenure. One potential area to exploit for Maia might be in the grappling department, as Carmouche struggled a bit when battling for position against Alexis Davis in her last fight -- a split decision loss. All roads in the flyweight division seemingly lead to Valentina Shevchenko in the end, but a statement victory in her debut could help Maia prove to UFC brass that she's ready for the opportunity.
Signs with UFC
FlyweightUFC
February 15, 2018
Maia has officially signed a contract with the UFC, Guilherme Cruz of MMAfighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Maia, who has the current title of Invicta FC flyweight champion, has won her last six fights prior to signing this deal and will now look to showcase her talents in the UFC. An exact date or opponent for Maia's debut have yet to be released, but further updates should be provided once that does occur. Sporting a 15-4 record overall previously, Maia owns three wins by KO/TKO and five by submission, while also adding seven decisions.