Jennifer Maia

Brazil

Again can't solve Katlyn Chookagian
FlyweightUFC
January 15, 2022
Maia lost to Katlyn Chookagian via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC on ESPN 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Maia has now fought Chookagian twice, dropping a unanimous decision in each bout. The latter is considerably taller and longer than Maia, which has made it difficult for the Brazilian to land any sort of consistent offense on the feet. She connected on just 30 percent of her significant strikes (52-171) on Saturday after posting a woeful 25-percent clip in that category (58-231) in the first fight between the two. Maia is neither athletic nor explosive enough to make up ground in a hurry if she falls behind on the judges' scorecards. The very definition of roster depth, Maia has alternated wins and losses in her past half dozen bouts dating back to July 2019.
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Facing Katlyn Chookagian again
FlyweightUFC
October 19, 2021
Maia is scheduled to face Katlyn Chookagian in a flyweight fight at the UFC's Jan. 15 event, Damon Martin and Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com report.
ANALYSIS
The pair met back in November of 2019, with Chookagian winning by unanimous decision. Since then, Maia has won two out of three fights, while Chookagian has won three out of five.
Barely gets past Jessica Eye
FlyweightUFC
July 10, 2021
Maia defeated Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC 264 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was a thoroughly mediocre effort from Maia despite the victory. Entering as a -225 favorite, Maia allowed the one-dimensional Eye to take the center of the octagon and control the pace of the fight. Maia got off second in virtually all the striking exchanges between the two, with the majority of her offense coming on return shots when her reckless opponent was out of position. It's a major red flag if a fighter known for her striking skills struggles in a kickboxing match against Eye, and that's exactly what happened to Maia in this one. The Brazilian has alternated wins and losses in her past five fights. Maia's high ranking at 125 pounds is entirely related to the lack of depth in the division.
Looks to bounce back against Eye
FlyweightUFC
March 24, 2021
Maia (nose) is being targeted for a fight with Jessica Eye at the UFC event scheduled for July 10, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Maia last appeared in the Octagon in a title shot against Valentina Shevchenko back in November, and the fact that she made it all five rounds against a dominant champion is impressive in its own right. The Brazilian did suffer a possible broken nose in that matchup, which explains why she's been on the sidelines since. She now draws a fighter in Eye on a two-fight losing streak, and this matchup is likely to determine who stays relevant in the 125-pound division. The two do have a recent common opponent in Joanne Calderwood -- Maia submitted her in the first round and Eye lost a decision. Eye holds two-inch height and reach advantages, but look for Maia to enter as the betting favorite here.
Possible broken nose
FlyweightUFC
November 23, 2020
Maia has been suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending a physician's clearance of a nasal fracture, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Maia lasted all five rounds against one of the most dominant champions on the roster on Saturday, but was taken down five times in the contest and absorbed 62 significant strikes. it appears she suffered a broken nose over the course of the bout, and will need to get that cleared up before booking another fight with the company.
Battles before inevitable sets in
FlyweightUFC
November 21, 2020
Maia came up short in her quest for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship, falling to Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision (46-49, 46-49, 46-49) at UFC 255 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
She didn't win, but Maia performed considerably better than most anyone expected. She managed to actually win a round from Shevchenko, something we have rarely seen since she became queen of the women's flyweight division. The issue for Maia was that she failed to generate much of anything offensively. Even the round she won mostly consisted of her pinning Valentina to the mat so her opponent couldn't land any offense of her own. Maia's greatest attribute is her physical strength and that was on full display in this fight. Maia should be proud of her performance but there's nothing to suggest she's any sort of a legitimate title contender at 125 pounds. The Brazilian falls to 3-3 in her first half dozen UFC bouts.